Paddling rowers have claimed victory for the second year running in Totnes’s “magic” giant canoe clash which is set to be hailed a huge fundraising success.
The dozen-strong Dart-Totnes Rowing Club canoeists made it first past the River Dart finish line to claim yet another victory in the annual Totnes Longbow Canoe Festival.
The Totnes Rugby Club crew came in second, the Galliford Try construction company third, and a group of local builders and car trade workers in fourth place, with their team The Booze Brothers.
The weather could not have been better for the fundraising event organised by Totnes Rotarians as it went ahead on The Longmarsh on Sunday under virtually clear skies.
Rotary Club spokesman Derek Meacher said: “It could not have been better. We had the weather that one would pray for and we had crowds that astonished me.”
He added: “I think people had a wonderfully afternoon. It was magic, absolute magic.”
This year’s canoe racing was raising money for Totnes Hospital League of Friends; Totnes Caring; the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline; Children’s Hospice South West; Rowcroft Hospice and Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
The event had raised some £6,500 in sponsorship before it even began – and a raffle and donations raised a further £400 on their own.
Mr Meacher praised everyone who had been involved in laying on the event, from fellow Rotary clubs to the local Scouts and Air Training Corps youngsters, for the smooth way it went ahead.
“I would say it was one of the best yet – if not the best,” he added.