Paignton host first championship of the season
Paignton Rowing Club hosted the first regatta of the 2022 West of England ARA Championship season over a 1,000 meter course at Tor Bay.
Conditions for the Paignton Regatta were choppy for the 97 competitors on a sunny and windy day.
The home club, who will also host the South Coast Rowing Championships on September 10, had an exceptional day with numerous event wins and the points trophy.
Wins for Paignton crews were:
Men’s Champion Coxsquad: Steve Warrender, Ben Smith, Mike Lister, Jason Higgins, James Tookey (Coxswain).
Men’s Rookies in Cox Four: Nick Brown, Ethan Frost, Tristan Northcott, Yuri Allasia, Erin Mooney (Cox).
Men under 18 coxswain fours: Keira Brueton, Freya Martin, Oliver Chalk and Sam Brueton, Erin Mooney (coxswain).
Men under 14 with helmsman: Oliver Chalk, Hugo Dossett, Joshua Bradley, Marcus Green, Eva Birchell (helmsman).
Men’s U14 doubles sculls: Hugo Dossett, Joshua Bradley.
Rookie One of the Ladies: Keira Brueton.
Men Under 15 Singles Sculls: Sam Brueton
Men Under 16 Singles Sculls: Sam Brueton
There was also success for Torquay with Harrison Green in his very first race when he won the U16 men’s singles.
Paignton Regatta results:
Men Senior A Coxed Fours 1 Bideford Reds 2 Paignton
Men’s Senior B Coxed Four 1 Bideford Reds 2 Paignton
Men Senior C Coxed Four 1 Bideford Reds 2 Plymouth 3 Paignton
Men Novice Coxed Four 1 Paignton 2 Bideford Reds 3 Plymouth
Gentlemen under 18 Coxed Fours 1 Paignton 2 Paignton
Coxed men under 16 in sculls 1 Bideford Reds 2 Paignton
Coxed men under 14 in sculls 1 Paignton 2 Bideford Reds
Men’s Champion coxed four 1 Paignton 2 Paignton/Plymouth
Ladies Senior C Coxed Fours 1 Castle Dore 2 Plymouth
Ladies Novice Coxsquad 1 Dart Totnes 2 Castle Dore 3 Paignton
Ladies Under 18 Coxsquad 1 Dart Totnes 2
Ladies Under 16 Coxed Sculls 1 Plymouth 2 Dart Totnes 3 Castle Dore
Coxswain open scull 1 Bideford ARC 2 Paignton 3 Paignton
Open male navigable couples 1 Paignton 2 Plymouth
Men’s Senior C Double Sculls 1 Plymouth
Men’s Under 18 Double Sculls 1 Bideford Blues 2 Paignton
Men Under 15 Double Sculls 1 Bideford Reds 2 Bideford Reds
Men Under 14 Double Sculls 1 Paignton 2 Paignton
Ladies Senior C Double Sculls 1 Plymouth University 2 Paignton
Ladies Novice Double Sculls 1 Bideford Blues 2 Dart Totnes
Ladies Under 17 Double Sculls 1 Plymouth 2 Paignton
Ladies Under 16 Double Sculls 1 Dart Totnes 2 Bideford Reds
Ladies Under 15 Double Sculls 1 Plymouth 2 Castle Dore
Mixed Under 14 Double Sculls 1 Plymouth 2 Paignton
Men’s Senior C-One 1 Robin Smith – Castle Dore, 2 George Woodall – Plymouth University, 3 Rob Harris – Paignton
Men’s Rookie One 1 Barney Evans – Bideford Blues, 2 Yuri Allasia – Paignton, 3 Alex Rowland – Bideford Reds
Men under 18 One 1 Harry Fanson – Bideford Blues, 2 Barney Evans – Bideford Blues
Men U17 Ones 1 Sam Brueton – Paignton, 2 David del Rio Empran – Plymouth
Men Under 16 Ones 1 Harrison Green – Torquay, 2 Yuri Allasia – Paignton, 3 Sam Brueton – Paignton
Men Under 15 One 1 Sam Brueton – Paignton
Men Under 14 Ones 1 Isaac Fugil – Castle Dore, 2 Finley Cloak – Bideford Blues, 3 Owen Thomas – Plymouth
Ladies Senior C One Twos 1 Molly Mifsud – Dart Totnes
Women’s Rookie Singles 1 Keira Brueton – Paignton
Women’s U18 Singles 1 Grace Asquith – Castle Dore, 2 Ellie Fowlds – Dart Totnes
Women’s U16 Ones 1 Rosalie Fowler – Bideford Reds, 2 Lucy Sanders – Dart Totnes, 3 Erin Shippey – Dart Totnes
Ladies Under 15 One 1 Lexi Reeves – Bideford Blues
Meanwhile, Brixham Gig Rowing Club is extremely grateful to have recently received financial support from two companies via the Actionfunder.org website; a website that connects organizations looking for funding with organizations looking for funding.
Greene King, a Bury St Edmunds based brewery with pubs across the country, generously donated £3,000 to enable the Rowing Club to commission a new set of bespoke wooden oars for use by both men’s and women’s teams.
The oars have been ordered and will hopefully be delivered in around 8 weeks and will then be used by racing teams in regattas across Devon and Cornwall.
South West Water, were also very generous, giving £600 to help one of their club members attend a British Rowing Club coaching course.
Tony Mould, the member selected to take part, has now completed much of the course and has already put his newfound skills to good use which has been of great use to the rowing teams he has taken on the water.
Most community based sports clubs find it difficult to be as inclusive as possible, keeping annual membership fees at an affordable level while paying overhead, maintaining and buying new equipment, and Brixham Gig Rowing Club is no different.
Receiving grants from organizations like Greene King and South West Water is a fantastic boost for the club, allowing it to grow and move forward.
ActionFunder.org is a great place to start when an organization is looking for funding.
It’s a simple process to submit a profile of your organization and details of a project you wish to fund, and once submitted, simply wait for your project to find a match.
Paul Goddard, Treasurer of Brixham Gig Rowing Club said: “ActionFunder is brilliant. Easy to use and it works. ActionFunder keeps you fully informed and once funding was secured, the funds came through within weeks.”
He recommends any club in the Torbay area looking for funding opportunities to take a look.