Scullers scoop the medals at two regattas in one weekend

By Tim Leigh in Rowing

It was another successful weekend of racing for Dart Totnes as they competed in the sixth and seventh West of England Amateur Rowing regattas on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, a large contingent travelled to Cornwall for the popular Falmouth Regatta hosted at Stithians Lake. Continuing on from the fine form produced at Wimbleball last weekend, crews managed an impressive 13 wins and seven second place finishes in what was a very wet day.

Isobel Burridge, unbeaten this season, managed to claim yet another victory, which now means she has secured the women’s junior 14 single sculls championship. A remarkable feat to have achieved already.

Kelcey Pillage also picked up from where she left off at Wimble­ball by winning the women’s senior A single sculls event again, as well as securing the win in the senior C class.

Ellie Beeley then won her first single sculling race in the women’s novice single sculls and then partnered up with Molly Mifsud to win the women’s novice double sculls.

Mixed masters doubles partners Alan Langmaid and Sally Parker both won their masters single sculling event and combined to win again in the double scull.

Rounding off the single sculling wins was Dom Sloper, who was victorious in the men’s junior 13 single sculls.

Additional double sculls wins came in the women’s junior 16 double for Karrie Spencer and Nadine Ansell, as well as in the men’s senior C class which was narrowly won by Luke Sharam and Matt Cunningham.

Finally, in the quad events, the women’s junior 13 quad was won by Nicole Day­ment, Sasha Dayment, Ellie Fowlds and Ella Piercy, with cox Matthew Phillips. Ella then went on to cox the winning women’s novice quad which consisted of Molly Mifsud, Jocelyn Aubrey, Hannah Betts and Maia Knight.

As for Sunday, it was a case of quality over quantity as Dart Totnes sent up just two crews to compete, both of whom grabbed victories.

The women’s junior 16 quad secured a vital win which puts them in the race for the championship and, of course, it was a seventh consecutive Weara win for the newly crowned champion Isobel Burridge in the women’s Junior 14 single sculls.

The next two events are arguably the most challenging for Dart Totnes as they face regattas at Paignton and Torbay, both hosted on the sea!

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