Sunday, 18 July 2010

Exeter and Llandaf Regattas 10th/11th July

Exeter Regatta, on the 10th July, held under the rules of WEARA, is the shortest course in the rowing season at a maximum of 400m. It was the first time in many ears Minerva had ventured down into the South West. With a strong contingent of rowers and numerous events entered the club headed down, keep to pick up some pots.

The day started well with both the Men's SB4+, of Charlie Pearson, Rich Wiles-Teoh, Ed Stenner and Mike Glanville - having to race in a harder category due to a lack of competition in their own - and the Women's SB4+, made up of Helen Atherton, Vicky Fieldhouse, Jess Whistance and Charlie Wooton, making it through to their respective finals. The men's crew had a strong start in the final and began to push away from the competition of Paignton, and last years winners Exeter, coming home almost a length ahead to pick up the first win of the day. The women also started well, and were neck and neck to the half way point when an unfortunate crab stopped the boat and meant the crew finished in second place to Exeter.
The second session saw Helen Atherton take part in her first single sculling race, despite covering almost twice the distance of her competitors Helen finished only a length behind in third place.
The last session saw the most racing. First up was the mixed 8 in a straight final against Paignton and Dartmouth. Minerva took the lead off the line and had a hard fought race to maintain the lead, only narrowly beating Paignton, and winning the clubs first trophy of the day.
The next race saw the mixed senior C 4+, of Sarah Moon, Dave Connell, Ali Willet and Yifat Padan, coxed by Alex Wildy avoid a crash at the finish line from the other two crews, but unfortunately they were forced to head back up to the start line for a three boat re-row, coming in an impressive second place.

The mixed SB4+ event saw two Minerva Bath crews battling it out with a crew from Bideford. The B crew of Charlie P, Mike, Jess and Vicky suffered a ramming from the Bideford crew, who were promptly disqualified for poor coxing, leaving a re-row between the two Minerva boats. The A crew, of Helen, Ed, Rich and Charlie W, lived up to their title and stormed away of the start line, convincingly beating the other crew by a good length.

The two women's novice double sculls had an unfortunate race, seeing both crews of Sarah Moon and Yifat Padan and Helen and Vicky, failing to make it to the start of the race on time due to the re-row's in the mixed events, but at least they managed a nice leisurely row back down the course to a splattering of applause. The final two races saw Jake Tempo and Alex Wildy storm down the short course to pick up an impressive trophy in the 2- event, and then go on to beat the double of Rich and Ali in a straight final after their other competition had scratched. It was deemed a successful day by all and there is hope to head back down again next year to defend the titles.

Sunday 11th July saw the sole Minerva representative at Llandaff Regatta, Club Captain-Andy Hoyes won the Open Masters C Coxed Fours on Sunday 11th July in a composite Minerva/City of Bristol crew beating Ross RC in the final.

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