Successful South Coast Rowing Championships
The 63rd South Coast Rowing Championships held at Dartmouth on 14th September attracted over 800 competitors to compete on a course of 2,000 metres from Noss on Dart to the Lower Ferry on the River Dart. The influx of rowers, coaches, officials and supporters swelled the population of the town, filling guest houses, hotels and camp sites in the area.
The 162 fours crews competed in 42 races in trying tidal conditions. In the premier race of the day, the Men’s Championship coxed fours, suffered a crew impediment on the opening stretch alongside Noss on Dart Marina, and was sent back for a re-row. The race should have been stopped immediately with a red flag but the umpires chose to wait until the end of the race to issue the re-row order.
The programme was finally completed with many compliments made about the venue in Dartmouth, the experience, the personnel and the organisers, spectators were also treated to a clear view of the start line from the spectator area at Noss on Dart Marina. Following the prize-giving a firework display marked the 150th anniversary of Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club with celebrations extending well into the night from a marquee on Coronation Park.
Championships Secretary Hilary Bastone said, “In organising the Championships, which cost in the region of £25,000, we are extremely grateful to our main sponsor, Premier Marinas, who supported the junior events and to the staff at Noss on Dart Marina for their superb help with the start line facilities and a special parking area for officials. Nothing was too much trouble.”
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