Exmouth rowers victorious at Plymouth in Mayflower’s Breakwater Bash
PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:00 12 July 2013
Exmouth Rowing Club were in action again on Saturday, at Plymouth in Mayflower’s Breakwater Bash, an 8km sea race within Plymouth Sound, where the weather and sea conditions were the best possible, writes Billy Baxter.
Exmouth ladies were up against six other boats, including Mayflower’s vastly experienced crew. The ladies had just about as bad a start as possible, crossing the start line in last position and way behind all other boats. The crew of Fiona Pink, sisters Anna and Laura Childs and newcomer Sarah Pappin, do not give up easily though and as usual, they valiantly battled their way through the field to eventually take a hard-fought third place.
The men’s race saw Exmouth enter two crews, a sign of the growing competitive membership within the club. The usual names were evident, coxes Les Norcliffe and Mike Drew, with rowers Billy Baxter, Pete Johns, Rob Mew, Robin Corser and Jon Houghton, joined by newcomers Tim Hughes and Tony Atkinson and by the super junior, Max Goodesmith.
Although one of Exmouth’s boats was across the start on time, the second crew found themselves starting in last position having to battle their way through the field as the ladies had before them. This they managed, eventually taking all but the victorious Mayflower. Exmouth’s men finished in a laudable second and third places.
Finally in the mixed race, Anna and Laura Childs, Robin Corser and Pete Johns, had our best start of the day, rowed straight into first place, a position they held and extended, ultimately winning by over 500 metres ahead of the second boat; a fantastic effort!
Once all race points were counted and the results in, Exmouth came out victors again as the overall club champions, ahead of hosts Mayflower, Teign Scullers and the other clubs.
This club triumph is an example of how Exmouth Rowing Club continues to go from strength to strength in both indoor and on water events.
The next major event is at home in Exmouth’s own 8km regatta on Saturday, September 14, when Exmouth will be hoping to regain the title they won last year.