Winners at Wimbleball!
After missing out on the 2020 rowing regatta season, on Saturday 26th June, Dartmouth Amateur Rowing Club came out on top of their first regatta of the season with 2 wins at Wimbleball regatta.
The day started with Lottie Cusack and Ellie Langman placing 2nd in a Women’s Novice double. Despite not rowing in this combination before, the two rowed cleanly to the finish, just missing out on 1st place to Plymouth Rowing Club. Shortly after, in the Women’s Junior 18 single sculls, Nadine Smith pushed through the race to secure a comfortable 3rd place. The first win of the day came from the Women’s Novice four. After training together since April, Nadine Smith, Ellie Malley, Lottie Cusack, Ellie Langman and cox Tess Preston had the lead in their 6 boat race, right from the start, with a final push to the finish line to leave a two length lead on the other crews. Following this win, Josh Pichowski, in the Men’s Novice single scull, secured their 2nd win for the day. A tight race kept Josh fighting for the lead with a Dart Totnes rower until the last 150 meters where he upped the rate and power and gained a lengths lead on his opponent, awarding him 1st place. Josh then had the challenge of a quick turn around to race in his Mens Junior 18 single scull. After giving his all in his first race, his 4th place was well earned. Their final race of the day was the Senior C double with Tess Preston and Ellie Langman securing 3rd place; despite being another new combination, the two rowed a clean and strong race. A special mention to Clare Thorpe, a long standing member of DARC currently racing for Dart Totnes, who qualified in the Women’s Masters single scull to go on to the final and narrowly miss the win by 2ft. Overall, Dartmouth had a successful day at their first regatta, putting in a brilliant amount of effort, and have hope for more wins to come at Totnes and Bridgetown Royal regatta on Saturday 3rd July.