Exeter is always a favourite of Teign Scullers and this year proved as much fun as ever - a sprint course with excellent spectator viewing. We kept ourselves very busy with 24 "seats" rowing.

I will start with our last race but the highlight of our day. Denise and Claire were in a heat of the Women's double sculls, were head to head the entire race and ended up just losing out - the verdict was just 1 foot!! An excellent effort and our closest ever result.

In the same event but a different heat, Kim and Morag had a first outing together - and in a borrowed boat so had their hands metaphorically tied behind their back so not surprisingly the Dartmouth crew had the better of it.

Our Novice Men's four of Guy, David, Paul and MarkT coxed by MarkE had a good race, if a little messy, keeping level with Bideford Reds for a good half the course but losing out in the sprint to the finish.

The same four but with Mark instead of David, ably coxed by Barbara, competed in the Master's fours. To be honest, we were outclassed here with some good veterans including the WEARA President on board a Bideford Reds crew who took a length off the start. We apparently gained some ground towards the finish but felt that some more practice would be good!

The Women's four of Barbara, Denise, Jules and Kim were also against the Reds and worked hard but didn't get the measure of a good crew.

The Mixed of Barbara, Morag, Guy and Paul were up against Torquay and to their surprise, I think, were competitive in the race (their first ever outing) and showed that are what is called "full of promise".

Another "virgin crew" was MarkT and Paul (they DID have a busy day!) in the Novice Double scull. They came in 2nd in their heat - nice to be ahead of one crew.

Teign Scullers had two out of three entrants in the Vet Sculls. MarkE managed to hold off MarkT after his 9 second handicap start, with the Dart Totnes sculler just behind that. An exciting race and at least a win for Teign Scullers.

All in all it was a very busy day for everyone with lots of fun and some glimpses of some quality crews.