Club’s crews compete well at first regional event of season

By Tim Leigh in Endurance Sports

Dart Totnes ARC attended their first West of England Regatta of the season recently.

Conditions were variable, with a heavy downpour at the start of the day followed by beautiful sunshine at the end. A mild wind was constant throughout making water conditions slightly tricky, but manageable.

With a boat trailer full of quads, singles, doubles, fours and eights, the crews from Dart Totnes produced some mixed results over the course of the day.

Overall, Dart Totnes came home with three thirds, four seconds and five wins.

Isobel Burridge, who recently won at Monmouth regatta, took a very comfortable win in the women’s junior 14 single sculls.

Not so comfortable was Ed Coles, who managed to hold off stiff opposition as he won the men’s junior 16 single sculls.

There was also a win for the women’s junior 16 double sculls of Emelia Collinson and Clarice Holmes, who are coached by Ian Piercey.

Coach Ian then turned into athlete as he sat in the men’s open eight, who narrowly beat hosts Plymouth. The crew of Matt Cunningham, Ed Hulbert, Luke Sharam, Jordan Hall, Torben Beyer, David Thompson, Ed Coles and Ian Piercey, coxed by Matt Phillips were pushed all the way but managed to grab the victory.

The women’s equivalent race was won by the Dart Totnes crew of Emma Norman, Laura Norman, Kelcey Pillage, Lucy Flynn, Ella Mutch, Mollie Goodman-Richard­son, Georgie Tucker and Ellie Beeley coxed by Harriet Pope. Again beating hosts Plymouth, although this time much more comfortably than the men.

A great final race for the women’s eight to have before heading to Women’s Henley in two weeks time.

Rowers from Dart Totnes will now be vigorously preparing for their next venture.

Aside from Plymouth regatta, Dart Totnes also sent a crew to the Metropolitan regatta, a very prestigious and national event.

The men’s coxless four of Harrison Skinner, Tom Walton, Matt Heming and Harry Walker took victory in their heat to put them in the A final, where they finished a creditable fourth out of six in the tier five coxless fours competition.

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