We competed in two four events, two double sculls and one single on the 1,000 metre six lane course on the Plym.

Our Men's four of Patrick, Andy, Ian and Nic, coxed by Mark entered both the Novice and Veteran fours. The first race was the Novice against some young crews. I have to say that we went very well with a lovely rhythm and some powerful drive - all except for when we did a spurt! We were in a constant tussle with a Plymouth crew for 2nd place with the lead changing hands several times. In the end our short training schedule told as we didn't have the final push to the line that they had. So we came in a very creditable third out of five crews.

The same crew then returned to the Veteran Fours. There was only a Bideford Red crew in the race and since it was handicapped by age we were given a 20 second start. We went off exceptionally well, held a really good race pace for the whole stretch and completed the course about 25 seconds ahead of Bideford so we would have won without any handicap. VERY satisfying and


Next to go was Andy and MarkT in the Novice double scull where they were in Heat 1. They looked really good with an easy pace and rhythm. The Exeter crew were outstanding and won whilst Teign Scullers scored a nice one with a 2nd place out of four, beating a Torquay double with old friends on board in the last 100 metres. They then had to row the final with Exeter way in the lead again. Again they had a head to head with Torquay but this time didn't have the racing finish that they did - this was their first time in the boat together - ever! A really creditable result and shows that we can put together some fast and technically good crews.

Nic and Patrick were in the Senior C double scull next. Their lack of practice recently and possibly that it was their third race had an influence on the result. This was senior competition although they are certainly considerably more senior in age than the other crews.

For the Veteran Single scull, MarkT had to borrow Patrick's scull and on the start he applied the drive and the stretcher tooth parted company with the boat so he had the whole race being able to use only one leg. Also, by now the water had become really rough at the start, which meant that the well was completely full of water.However, he completed the course and stayed upright. Next time he will show us what we had a glimmer of from his performance in the double.

All in all a very satisfying and exciting day. Teign Scullers finished ahead of two clubs in the overall points table.