Dart Totnes rowers enjoy Weara success

By Tim Leigh in Rowing

Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club

Dart Totnes continued their West of England Amateur Rowing Association championship season by travelling to Exeter on Saturday.

Rowing over a considerably shorter course to what they are used to, the Dart Totnes picked up a tremendous 13 wins and eight seconds, putting them second overall for the day’s Victor Lodorum Trophy, which was won by the hosts, Exeter.

The 450m course is always eagerly anticipated by spectators and athletes alike. Onlookers were able to view the entire course while basking in glorious sunshine, which means the atmosphere at the end of the race is always incredible.

Perhaps those who enjoyed the day more than most were the junior 13 girls’ quadruple sculls crew of Sasha Dayment, Ella Piercy, Nicole Dayment, Ellie Fowldes and cox/coach Maggie Hawk-yard, who won their

first-ever race and looked seriously impressive ­coming over the finish line.

Continuing with quad events, the men’s junior 14 event was won by Alex Abel, Dom Sloper, Will Heywood and Joe Bowers. Coaches Matt Cunningham and Matt Phillips were pleased that their hard work during the winter has paid off.

The junior 16 girls event was won by Emelia Collinson, Karrie Spencer, Nadine Ansell, Clarice Holmes and cox Kathy Lovering. Rounding off Dart Totnes’s quadruple quadruple sculls win was the women’s novice crew of Anna Lopez, Jocelyn Aubrey, Laura Doughty, Megan Perason and cox Eva Baumback.

In the double sculls events, there were wins for Ed Coles and David Thompson in the junior 16 boys’ event, Luke Riou and Jacob Colinson in the men’s senior C class, Alan Langmaid and Tony Szender in the master’s double sculls and continuing their winning form was Annabelle Evans and Heather Swiss in the junior 18 girls double.

For single sculls, it goes without saying now that there was a win for Isobel Burridge in the junior 14 girls’ event. Luke Riou won the men’s junior 18 single sculls, Alan Langmaid picked up another victory in the masters singles and his mixed doubles partner Sally Parker won the female equivalent race.

Finally, rounding off a successful day for Dart Totnes, was the mixed eight event, whereby three marriages were put to the test as husbands and wives combined, thankfully to win. Ian and Marianne Piercy, Bob and Jo Cunningham, Kevin and Sally Dayment – whose daughter Nicole coxed – and non-couple Chris Collinson and Suzi Sch-lichting made up the ­winning crew.

Next on the calendar is the Wimbleball Regatta, which was rescheduled as it was cancelled a few weeks ago.

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