An intrepid group of Teign Scullers ventured into the 2 degrees temperature and nasty wind chill from a North Easterly last Saturday to compete in the Head of the Plym - 3,500 metres from the Barbican to Plymouth Rowing Club on the Embankment.

Division One (with the tide)

Our Men's Four of David, Guy, Ian and Andy with Mark coxing had a good row with that frustrating feeling that our last 500 metres, in the roughest water, was actually the best and fastest and there was still some gas in the tank! This is a four full of promise and they shouldn't be worried by the Torquay four powering past us - we discovered later that they were Senior A South Coast champions three years in a row! A notable feature was that we overtook the Plymouth University eight - who were having terrible problems.

We had a completely scratch Mixed Coastal with Barbara, Morag, Mike and Brian with Nic coxing. Unfortunately there was no competition in this class and the only other two coastal boats are very seasoned crews. They sculled well and gained some valuable race experience.

Division Two (against tide)

We entered a composite four in Open class with Nic and Andy joining two friends from Torquay in our Swift four. Again a completely scratch crew rowing with a pair of conventional sweep oars and a pair of Drehers (Rowperfect of course). Their time was impressive coming in 9th overall and only 44 seconds slower than the aforementioned Torquay Champions crew.

Our next fastest entry was Mark Treais in the Vet scull - but his time was substantially quicker than that as he stopped when the hooter went for the sculler ahead - just you wait for when he finishes a race, stand by to be very impressed.

The Women's Coastal of Denise, Claire, Jules and Lesley coxed by Brian had a good row, learnt a lot and what is more beat the Mayflower Women's crew - by a valuable second, well done them. Special thanks to Brian for coxing whilst sitting in a pool of icy water as the self bailer didn't work - boy was he cold, I noticed the girls bought him a much deserved whisky.

Mark E enjoyed his race but felt he could probably have gone a bit faster.

Well done to everyone - I quote Nic: "2011 is going to be the year we surprise everyone and have some really impressive results".