Triangle regatta a roaring success
PUBLISHED: 18:12 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 10 June 2010
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FOR THE first time in many years the membership of Exmouth Rowing Club came together with other visiting crews to compete in The Exmouth Triangle Offshore Rowing Regatta, held off Exmouth sea front, writes Les Norcliffe.
FOR THE first time in many years the membership of Exmouth Rowing Club came together with other visiting crews to compete in The Exmouth Triangle Offshore Rowing Regatta, held off Exmouth sea front, writes Les Norcliffe. The event was held over 8 kilometres from The Watchtower and headed east parallel with the beach, turning out to sea along the deep-water channel. At the Exe Buoy they turned southwest to Langstone Rock and on this mark northeast back to the beach, rounding 10 buoy into the finish. For the first time in a long while the weather chose to play its part, as participants were greeted by a fine sunny sky. However, there was a light easterly breeze that created a large swell, just what offshore rowers like. After the course was assessed, the go-ahead was given by the safety officer and the event commenced on the high tide at 11am. First off were the ladies' quads and doubles who produced a fine spectacle for the sea front visitors as they pulled away from the line heading to the first turn. All remained in close formation until arriving into the deep water channel where the water turbulence and the need to negotiate other craft started to create gaps. The Plymouth boat, White Heart pulled out a lead. They were followed by Exmouth boats Devon Signs, and Stan Robinson. This remained the position through to the finish with Plymouth taking the line in 33.58. The two pairs found the conditions hard going and dropped off the pace quite early with Torquay beating Plymouth, taking the line in 40.41. All were delighted to be escorted by a pod of dolphins for a short time. The men's event was quickly formed due to worsening water conditions and set of on the same course, by which time the channel swell had turned into substantial waves. The Exmouth quad, Devon Signs set off at a blistering pace and with a clear intent that was achieved. They led from start to finish recording a stunning time of 29.21. Exmouth's Stan Robinson was second, followed by boats from Plymouth, Torquay and Plymouth. Due to water conditions, the mixed event was directed up the Exe Estuary, rounding 19 buoy and returning to the same finish line. Exmouth's quad Devon Signs took the honours in 35.31 followed by Exmouth Stan Robinson, Plymouth, Exmouth Pebbles Day Nursery and Torquay.The event was arranged over 8 kilometres to satisfy the world governing body FISA, and was staged at this time as a preliminary for crews attending their Offshore World Championships, at Sanremo, Italy, on October 17-19. Exmouth Rowing Club will be participating with two male crews. Exmouth Rowing Club appreciates the support of all its sponsors and also acknowledges the assistance provided by others in support of this event, particularly Coast Watch personnel for keeping an eye on things, safety boat drivers, and the owner and staff of The Beach pub where the after-event social and presentations took place. Thanks also to Devon Digital for covering the event, photos of which can be viewed and ordered at www.devondigital.co.uk.