Success for Ilfracombe crews at Super Vets National Championships
Both Ilfracombe Ladies and Men’s Supervets crews were in action at the national Supervets championships, held at Appledore over the weekend. The weekend began in calm conditions with the sun making an appearance for the start of the racing. Ilfracombe ladies were up in the first heat, and after a good start, had clear water to work in. The ladies opened up an impressive lead, and won their first heat comfortably. After a difficult start for the Men with all coxes trying to find the best water, the crew soon settled into race pace and pulled away from the rest of the pack, extending their lead with every stroke, with Colin Emery setting the perfect pace, coming first in their heat. Day 2 saw both crews take part in the Semi-Finals. With the Ladies up first, they took to the water. With a perfect start, they edged towards the front of the pack, leading half way down the course. However, Weymouth had the inside lane and better water with less flow of the incoming tide, so just went ahead on the finish line, meaning Ilfracombe came second, but safely through to the Final. The Men had a battle on their hands. A clear start from the crew put them in a good position, and the fight for second and third place was on, with Ilfracombe, Lyme Regis and Weymouth in a line as they cruised down the river. With good power from Barry Turner and Chris Crow, Ilfracombe went ahead to second place, but Weymouth and Lyme Regis fought back and took second and third respectively, with Ilfracombe missing out on the final after a photo finish by all three crews.
All was on the Ladies now as they headed for the start line of the Final. A cracking start saw the ladies take off with a lead after the first 20 strokes. With Gail Clemence setting a cracking rate, Catherine Lake and Mandy Turner putting in powerful strokes every time, the ladies glided down the course, extending their lead. In total control of the race, the Ladies finished in fine style, being awarded the trophy as the National Ladies Supervets Champions 2016. A fantastic start to the season for the Super Veterans of the club.
Roy Thorne (Cox) – Gail Clemence, Ros Cooke, Mandy Turner, Catherine Lake, Jane Bridges, Patricia Dymond
Dave Waters (Cox) – Colin Emery, Dave Schiller, Chris Crow, Barry Turner, Graham Watson, Grantley South.
Written by Dave Waters