On Saturday 26th September an intrepid group of scullers from Teign Scullers went to Exmouth to compete in the 8km coastal rowing event hosted by Exmouth Rowing Club. Teams had assembled from Loughborough, Southampton, Torquay, and of course Exmouth and us.

In unbelievably calm conditions we competed in all races, entering a double and several quad teams, using boats kindly loaned to us by Torquay.The 8km course left the mouth of the river at Exmouth by the harbour view cafe, turned at Fairway buoy and headed towards Langstone Rock, before a final run parallel to Dawlish Warren and back to the finish line. Each team took around 40 minutes to finish.

The first race featured Brian Cort, Mike Cullen, Ian Matthews and Ian Harrison in the quad, and Adam Livett and Nic Bourne in the double.

[The Double crew]
The double crew and Quad

Adam and Nic enjoyed a close race against a strong team from Torquay, only managing to pull out a convincing lead in the last leg to win the class in 36.57. The quad were unable to hold off the competition, but finished having all enjoyed the race.

[A quad]
The Women's Quad

Next up were the womens Quad of Denise Walker, Wendy Blackburn, Jenny Eslick and Sandrine Haytread. They made a very strong crew, finishing about halfway down the field.

[The Women's Masters quad crew]
The Women's Master quad crew

A womens quad was also entered in the masters comprising Sally Livett, Teresa Goodridge, Lesley Mawson and Barbara Gregory. As the only all female crew in the masters event they faced stiff competion, but managed to put in a creditable performance trailing the field by only a small margin.

[The Women's Masters quad crew]
Smiles allround after the race

The final event saw a series on mixed quads assembled. Teign Scullers put together a crew of Nic Bourne, Jane Bourne, Ian Matthews and Sandrine Haytread, and Adam Livett made up a crew for Torquay. The Teign boat did quite well coming halfway up the field, but Adam's boat was well down, suffering many coordination problems.

[The Women's Masters quad crew]

A special mention and thanks to John Lintell who heroically managed to cox all the Teign quad boats, and remain smiling to the end.

Photos of the event are available to buy from Tom Hurley.