A successful day for the crews attending Wimbleball Regatta on Saturday, July 22, the fifth Regatta in the West of England Series; with a strong head wind pushing down the course, Dartmouth crews all responded well to the choppier conditions.
First race of the day for Dartmouth was the ladies’ senior B four of Anna Lloyd, Tess Preston, Jenny Pichowski, Jo Langmead and cox Will Cumberlidge.
Battling it out off the start with the Castledore crew, the girls kept their heads straight and powered down through the wind, crossing the line in first with a two-length lead.
Next crew out was the men’s J14 coxed quad of Torin Peel, Nadine Smith, Lottie Cusack, Josh Pichowski and cox Alice Middleton, who had a brilliant second 500m in their race and went on to come second behind Exeter.
With a quick change in people, the next crew out was the men’s J16 coxed quad of Torin Peel, Lewis Sharam, Alice Middleton, Josh Pichowski and cox Jo Langmead, who pushed hard the whole way down the course, rowing across the line in second place to Bideford Blues with Exeter in third.
This was another good result bringing in more points for the WEARA Championship.
The ladies’ J16 coxed quad of Alice Middleton, Ellie Langman, Maddie Luck, Nadine Smith and cox Jenny Pichowski put in an amazing effort and went on to come second behind Totnes, an excellent boost to their championship points.
The ladies’ J14 coxed quad of Nadine Smith, Lana Sharam, Lottie Cusack, Nancy Coombe and cox Lily Heaton were out on the water soon after that, coming fifth in their six-boat race.
Scullers for the day were Torin Peel, coming second in the men’s J14 scull, and Will Cumberlidge in the men’s senior C and Senior B sculls, coming third and fourth respectively.
In the ladies’ senior C double sculls Dartmouth had their own little race going on, with Anna Lloyd and Tess Preston in one boat against Alice and Jess Middleton in another.
Battling it down the course, Anna and Tess came in first, the Middleton sisters second and Castledore third. Other double sculls included Ellie Langman and Maddie Luck in the ladies’ J16 and Torin Peel and Lewis Sharam in the men’s J16, who dominated their way down the course, crossing the line with clear water and another win for the club.
The mixed senior B crew of Anna Lloyd, Will Cumberlidge, Yorkie Lomas, Tess Preston and cox Jenny Pichowski put on a good race against Bideford Reds, with Dartmouth stretching out to a four-length win.
Now at the halfway mark of the regatta season, DARC still remains in the race for the championships. Club captain Yorkie Lomas was extremely pleased with the day’s racing for the club.