Watersports


Bideford Reds have just introduced a new ‘Explore Rowing’ initiative to bring more rowers into the club in an effort to increase its membership. The scheme has been introduced by Luis Wilkins, the new rowing captain, who has taken over from Dave Copp, and he is keen to attract all ages of rower to the …

Crews from the Mayflower Offshore Club in Plymouth and the Shaldon-based Teign Scullers have returned from a successful visit to the World Coastal Championships where a number of their crews made the main A finals. It was all about crashes, navigation and technical proficiency on the six-kilometre course in Thonon les Bains on Lake Geneva …

Newton Abbot won the Swim England Water Polo National Age Group Girls’ under-15s title without losing a match at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. The Devon side came into the competition as runners-up after last year’s defeat against London Otter. However, they outplayed their rivals to go one better in 2017 and take home the trophy, …

Two long and protracted disputes, which have rumbled on since the Appledore and Instow Championship Regatta in early August, have finally been resolved. All 14 of the West of England ARA member clubs have cast their votes to decide the two contentious issues. The first involved the Dart-Totnes Junior 16 girls’ quad of Clarice Holmes, …

After coming agonisingly close in previous editions, double Laser World champion Nick Thompson has finally added the European title to his logbook. Thompson knew that consistency would be key to clinching victory on Spanish waters and he posted a string of top ten results to keep himself firmly in the medal mix. “The regatta has …

Cornwall’s Fistral Beach at Newquay is the venue for this weekend’s British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) surfing championships, with the best student-surfers in the UK competing at probably the largest surf competition in Europe. Hoping to leave with a medal, and BUCS points for their institution, no fewer than 333 students (239 male and …

Plymouth Life Centre bosses have pulled off a major coup by not only being awarded next year’s British Elite Junior Diving Championships but also the highly prestigious British Diving Championships. The latter competition, the UK’s biggest domestic diving event, will take place between January 26-28 when the nation’s elite divers will showcase their talent as …

Torbay hosted the Royal Yachting Association’s South West Zone Championships, with the Royal Torbay Yacht Club and Paignton Sail- ing Club combining for a programme of five dinghy events as well as windsurfing races. The regatta was mirrored across the UK by eight other zone meetings which attracted hundreds of the country’s most promising youngsters. …