GIRLS from Bideford Blues and Reds are heading for a title showdown on home water at the weekend.
For the third regatta running the Blues ladies’ junior 16 quad got the better of the previously unbeaten Reds at Torquay.
That means Shannon Monaghan, Charlotte Berry, Kirsty Snow and Abie Lawson have caught up with their rivals at the top of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association Championship with two rounds to go.
Following Thursday’s Dartmouth Regatta, the title is likely to be decided at the Bideford Regatta on Saturday.
The Blues made a great start to the latest race, pulling out to half a length in the first 100 metres of a course shortened to 800 metres, from 1,000, because of a strong wind.
They continued to row away and finished three lengths ahead of the Reds.
The top performance for the Reds, who recorded three wins, came from the men’s junior 16 quad of Dan Crowther, Nick Wilson, Alex Rowland and debutant Ross Bennett.
They edged into championship contention with a third consecutive win, finishing two lengths clear despite pressure from a big Plymouth A crew.
The other Reds winners were the mixed novice four of Kimberley Pickett, Tanja Brackenbury, Dan Talbot and Drew Mackenzie, and the men’s senior C four of Adam Curtis, James Williams, Jon Lamont and Richard Prust.
For the Blues, Kirsty Snow and Charlotte Berry finished second in the junior 16 doubles, ahead of Abie Lawson and Shelby May in fifth.
In choppy water, Declan Monaghan managed a creditable fourth in the men’s junior 16 single sculls.
Torquay rower Nick Cleasby joined Colin Pennington, Neil Pennington, Nigel Cann and cox Chloe Pennington in the Blues’ men’s masters coxed four who beat Teign Scullers comfortably.
Racing at the Bideford Regatta on Saturday is due to start at 1pm.