Saturday started with several downpours - especially when we were unloading the boats.

There was a stiff following wind for all of our races with a good swell and a lot of chop, especially when the umpire's launches swooped back to their positions. Despite the fact that we are used to bad conditions we did struggle in the swell. Of course, by the end of the day it was dead flat!

First to go we had Patrick and Nic in our double scull and Ian and Mark T in a borrowed wooden double in the Novice double. Patrick and Nic had some problems in the swell to start with and fell at least three lengths behind, however, by the finish line they were just a canvas short of third place out of 8 crews. Ian and Mark were in the race mainly for experience as they had been out I think twice before and neither have been sculling for long; they had a good work out and gained a lot of knowledge on how to run a race.

Next to go was Mark E in a race against the infamous and National or is it International Champion and WEARA President Pete Atkinson and the very experienced Ian Wilson from Torquay, who gave Pete a good race - I am afraid that I struggled in the conditions, had to virtually stop in a wash, but am told that I wasn't "far away" at the finish!

Our Men's Novice four had managed to get three training outings, the last one being quite successful with Mark E, Mark T, Ian, Nic with Jacinta coxing. Our start was perhaps not our best with the boat swerving to bowside and colliding with our friends from Exmouth (their stroke was chuffed that he had knocked our boat number off the bow....until Brian told him it was their number we had borrowed!). Jacinta successfully extracted us from this and steered an immaculate course home (I can prove it on a GPS track). Our row then improved with a particularly good rhythm building up towards the finish. We were, much to our surprise, only a couple of lengths behind the fast and young Exmouth crew.... and I am very happy to report that we were substantially ahead of a Paignton four - Teign Scullers is no longer in last place - it will get even better I promise.

Finally, Patrick and Nic had also entered Senior C double sculls, held everyone from the start, Torquay had a mishap and Teign Scullers took full advantage and streaked ahead and carried on to win by a comfortable margin; against some strong competition from Torquay and two Dartmouth crews.

Yes - A Teign Scullers Win!

We were all very pleased with the result all round and now look forward to Dartmouth Regatta next Thursday where the same crews are joined by our Women's Novice Four, Women's Novice double scull and a Mixed four as well.