On Saturday October 20th, The Southwest Coastal League descended on Exmouth accompanied by glorious sunshine. The sandy beach provided a perfect setting for the spectators that gathered to watch the competitive racing as hosts Exmouth (ERC) compete against Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club (MORC) of Plymouth, Teignmouth’s Teign Scullers (TS), and entries from Torquay (TQ), Dolphin club of Emsworth as well as numerous independent rowers.
The course, including start, halfway and finish lines located opposite the Exmouth Coastwatch tower went out to the Fairway Buoy, passing back along the seafront to proceed up the Exe channel to Buoy 15 and back again. The water conditions were calm meaning some fast racing was awaiting.
The Ladies 8km with 9 coxed quad entries started the day. Quick off the line the pack soon split with Mayflower (A), Teignmouth (A) and Exmouth (A) pushing ahead; fighting for positions with the overtaking perfectly timed along the Exmouth sea front; TS(A) finished in a time 39 minutes 53 seconds followed by MORC(A), then ERC(A) for third.
The Men’s 8km with 7 entries including one double from Torquay took to the water where after some quick starts, the pack soon separated with TS(A) leading the way; MORC(A) pushed hard and managed to overtake the ERC(A) boat; the MORC(B) fought well in a close finish just behind the TS(B) boat. TS(A) finished first in a time of 36 minutes 10 second, followed by MORC(A) with ERC(A) in third.
One of the highlights and spectacles of the day came in the Master (50+) 4km race around the fairway buoy and back, which also combined single and double scull entries. A total of 14 boats on the water lined-up at the start – an impressive sight. The racing commenced and saw some close battles and impressive rowing. In the quads TS(A) claimed first in an impressive time of 20 minutes 33 seconds, MORC(A) for second and ERC(A) for third. In the Double entries, Exmouth claims first in an impressive time of 21 minutes 28 seconds – second overall of the 14 entries just ahead of the MORC(A) quad by 7 seconds. In the singles, Exmouth claims first in a time of 21 minutes 26 seconds after a minor collision.
In the Mixed 4km, 10 entries including two doubles saw the crews fighting in close contention, with TS(A) pulling away to finish an fantastic days racing in an impressive time of 19 minutes 44 seconds, followed by MORC(A) and then ERC (A).
Teign Scullers impressive form this season has seen them the overall victors of the day. After two weather postponements already, the final Southwest Coastal Rowing League regatta is to take place on Saturday 27th October 2018 in Plymouth for the Muddy Rubble. The final regatta could prove decisive as only a few points separate the crews, in a sport where anything could happen; can MORC claim any of the category titles on their waters to finish the season?
Come and support us on 27th October in Plymouth. The regatta “Muddy Rubble” can be seen from the Hoe, Mayflower Marina, Mount Edgecumbe and Royal William Yard. Races start at 11am.