Exmouth rowers power to Round the Islands success at Teignmouth
PUBLISHED: 13:24 23 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:24 23 October 2018
The penultimate Saturday of October saw Exmouth host the Southwest Coastal League meeting.
The sandy beach provided a perfect setting for the spectators that gathered to watch the competitive racing as hosts Exmouth (ERC) compete against Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club (MORC) of Plymouth, Teignmouth’s Teign Scullers (TS), and entries from Torquay (TQ), Dolphin club of Emsworth as well as numerous independent rowers.
On a course designed with spectators in mind - one of the narrowest courses of the season in a busy channel testing the coxes as well as the rowers – the start, halfway and finish lines located opposite the Exmouth Coastwatch tower went out to the Fairway Buoy, passing back along the seafront to proceed up the Exe channel to Buoy 15 and back again. The water conditions were calm meaning some fast racing was awaiting.
The Ladies 8km with nine coxed quad entries started the day. Quick off the line the pack soon split with ERC(A), MORC (A) and TS(A) pushing ahead; fighting for positions with the overtaking perfectly timed along the Exmouth sea front; TS(A) finished in a time of 39:53, followed home by MORC(A), then ERC(A) for third.
The Men’s 8km with seven entries including one double from TQ took to the water where after some quick starts, the pack soon separated with TS(A) leading the way and finished first in a time of 36:10, followed by MORC(A), who managed to battle pass the ERC(A) who finished in third.
The closest drama was between the ERC(B) and TQ double; TQ put on a final push to the finish providing drama for the spectators to finish just a single second behind the ERC(B) boat!
One of the highlights and spectacles of the day came in the Master (50+) 4km race around the fairway buoy and back, which also combined single and double scull entries. A total of 14 boats on the water lined-up at the start – an impressive sight. The racing commenced and saw so close battles and impressive rowing. In the quads TS(A) claimed first in an impressive time of 20:33, MORC(A) for second and ERC(A) for third.
In the Double entries, Exmouth’s J Houghton and C Chaulk claim first in an impressive time of 21:28, finishing second overall out of the 14 entries; with Exmouth’s W Loftus claiming first in a time of 21:26, after a minor collision.
In the Mixed 4km, 10 entries including two doubles saw the crews fighting in close contention, with TS(A) pullin away to finish an fantastic days racing in an impressive time of 19:44, followed by MORC(A) and then ERC (A).
Exmouth always hold a special race for Novices for new and existing members in a fun but competitive battle. Six boats took to the water and ultimately finished with the crew of Ben, Lara, Angie and Charlie coxed by Morag as the victors.
Teign Scullers impressive form this season has seen them the overall victors of the day. After two weather postponements already, the final Southwest Coastal Rowing League regatta is to take place this Saturday (October 27) in Plymouth for the Muddy Rubble.
The day after hosting the Southwest Coastal meeting, Exmouth Rowing Club competed in the Round the Islands 22km charity row in Teignmouth.
After a competitive battle throughout the 14-mile course, the Exmouth crew of Jon, Amy, Charlie, Zoe coxed by Craig managed to finish first in the coastal quads and set the fastest time overall completing the course in a time of 1:41.
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