West of England Championship So Far - Saturday 21st July 2012
Well, we are just about half way through. First up was Plymouth. After a postponement due to bad weather and our crews being mostly unavailable on the alternative date, Nick flew the flag for Torquay in the 'invitational' regatta taking second place in the Mens Senior A Single Scull.

On to Wimbleball where we had mixed fortunes. A brilliant win by Nick, powering past the large field to win the Mens Senior A Single Scull and taking the first 3 points of the Championship. The Mixed Senior B Four of Tieneka, Chris, Nick and Charlotte overcame Falmouth to take our second win of the day. Tieneka and Charlotte then came second to some GB hopefuls from Plymouth in another large field in the Ladies Novice Double. Finally Nick and Chris ended the day second to Plymouth in the Mens Senior B Double. Nick was also presenting the trophies for the first time this year in his role as this year's President of WEARA.

Next stop Totnes & Bridgetown. Tieneka and Charlotte started us off with a comfortable win in their heat to progress to the Ladies Novice Double Final. Nick and Chris swapped seats for a more comfortable victory over Exeter in the Mens Senior B Double and then handed the boat back to the girls who powered their way past Paignton and Dartmouth to win their final. Nick was back out again to take third place in the Mens Senior A Single against Commonwealth Rowing Gold medallist Elliot Barton of Dart Totnes. The next day those two were facing each other again with Nick only beaten by half a length in the Mens Veteran A/B handicap.

More on Totnes & Bridgetown Regatta can be found on This Is South Devon: There's some joy for Torquay crews in Totnes.

After lots and lots of rain, Exeter was postponed until 18th August leaving a week's break before Bideford. Controversy on the start line left Tieneka and Charlotte half a length down as the umpire said 'Go'. Despite being pushed into the bank by their opposition they were only beaten by half a length from Castledore who escaped further punishment despite several warnings. On this occasion Nick was unchallenged to row over for the Mens Senior A Scull trophy.

Finally, the fifth WEARA regatta at Falmouth saw Nick take another magnificent win beating old rival James Kerr by a foot over the 1000m course. In other races we took seconds in the Mens Senior B Double and Mixed Senior B Four and a close third in the Ladies Novice Double.

Next stop Appledore & Instow on Sunday 29th July.

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