Rowers become royalty with sterling regatta performance

By Tim Leigh in Rowing

Dart-Totnes Amateur Rowing Club picked up the Kings and Queens of the Lake award on Saturday at Wimble­ball Regatta in what was the fifth regatta of the WEARA season.

The event, which had been rescheduled from its original date due to bad weather, takes place at Wimble­ball lake on Exmoor.

A slight head wind prevailed throughout the day, however, it was not enough to stop the Dart Totnes crews from racking up an impressive eight wins and eight second-place finishes, which led them to the overall points trophy on the day.

Isobel Burridge continues to dominate the women’s J14 single sculls with her fifth successive win.

She then partnered up with Isadora Cate in the J14 double sculls and claimed another victory.

In the most senior female sculling race of the day, Kelcey Pillage managed to hold off a late charge in the women’s senior A single sculls to grab the victory in what was a very close race.

Other double sculls wins came from Ed Coles and Charlie Godwin-Brown, who beat opposition in the men’s novice 2x race, while Alan Langmaid and Sally Parker picked up yet another victory in the mixed masters double.

There were also wins in the quadruple sculls events, with the women’s novice crew of Heather Swiss, Lucy Romney, Hannah Betts, Anna Lopez and cox Eva Baumback picking up a deserved victory.

Meanwhile, the ever impressive women’s junior 16 quad of Emilia Collinson, Karrie Spencer, Nadine Ansell, Clarice Holmes and cox Hannah Betts claimed a vital win despite having to row the entire race with a broken rigger.

Rounding off the day in spectacular fashion was the men’s open eight event.

Luke Sharam, Matt Cunningham, Jacob Collinson, Torben Beyer, Ed Coles, Charlie Godwin-Brown, Jordan Hall and cox Matt Phillips were joined by special guest Matt Swiss, back home from university for the summer holidays.

The crew put in a dominant performance to beat a Bideford and Dartmouth composite crew.

The next event in the WEARA series for Dart Totnes is Falmouth regatta.

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