The Bank holiday weekend saw 3 Exeter wins at Ross. On the Sunday sprint course, 550m the Women Masters F 1x between Christchurch Faye Standley and Exeter Di Parish had some previous history. At Ross 2017 and Gloucester the previous day, the pair had raced a dead heat and both time the re-row was won by Standley by a length or so. Was another dead heat possible? Almost but this time Parish won by a canvass. Both scullers committed to meet up next year. What odds on a another dead heat?
The Monday 750m regatta saw Finlay Copping win the open 1x. He won his semi final against Evesham Baker by 1.5 lengths with good strong sculling round the bend, possibly spurred on by knowledge that long term family involvement Ross Rowing Club risked barracking from the commentator if any steering problems occurred! He then went on to beat Upton Pountney in the final. A good first win, to receive a tankard from a proud grandfather.
In the Women Masters E/F, Kirstie Ffrench-Constant built on success at Nottingham Masters by sculling strongly to win against training partner Di Parish by 2 lengths – despite the handicap and the bend! A year long goal achieved. The training partner is known to be reviewing comeback tactics.