Darts delighted with regatta performance

By Tim Leigh in Sailing

Dart gig club took a record number of rowers to Salcombe’s regatta on Sunday.

Rain and a brisk southerly wind looked as if they might spoil the racing, but by the time the first race of the day started the sun was starting to come out.

The fresh southerly wind, blowing straight up the estuary, remained with the racing for the rest of the day making for interesting rowing round the three marks at the entrance to the estuary.

The men’s B was the first race of the day. The crew had a strong start and were in second place until an altercation with Caradon just after the first mark, which saw the crew being disqualified.

The ladies’ B had a tricky start, clashing with a Caradon crew which later declared having A rowers in, which was frustrating for the crew.

The crew rowed well throughout the race and came home in third place, which after Caradon declared, became second out of 13 boats.

The under 14s junior race followed, with the youngsters rowing a shortened course with two right angle turns in the race.

The Dart crew, on their first away race, were caught out by the klaxon start but picked up well, coming home a well-deserved third out of five. Dart put out a second U14s crew, in borrowed boat Bolt, four of whom were under 12. The crew came fifth, a proud day for the club!

The C races followed, with the men’s crew having a strong race to come home in second place. The ladies’ C, with three novice racers, had a good row, coming in eighth place.

Dart’s U14 crew were so inspired and, wanting more race experience, they decided to row in the U16s race. The course was considerably longer and the crew put in a great deal of effort to get round – the longest distance they had ever rowed non-stop.

By this stage of the racing, the tide was changing, and as the afternoon progressed, with the wind against the outgoing tide, the conditions got much trickier on the outer legs of the course.

The next race for the club was the men’s A. The crew had a strong start in a fleet of 11 boats and finished in second place.

The ladies’ A race followed and the Dart ladies had a good row, finishing fourth.

The men’s vets and supervets were placed in one race, so with only one boat available, the Dart supervets took the slot. They had an excellent race and took the Tamar Tavy supervets trophy. The ladies’ vets had an excellent row, coming home in fourth place.

The last race of the day was the mixed race and another great row gained another second place, helping Darts achieve second place overall.

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