Seine Boat Series 2016 Report | Race 7

Race report: Seine boat series 2016 Race 7 – Teignmouth Regatta
Date: 30th July 2016


Saturday afternoon was the annual Teignmouth Regatta annual Seine Boat race.  It also formed race 7 of the 2016 Seine Boat Series.  Silverware was up for grabs for the overall winners along with vital scores towards the hotly contested series.

The weather conditions were looking good and the race would be held against an outgoing tide which meant there would be work to do in the river.

The course was from Sprey Point with a straight run just short of a mile to the first mark.  From there it was through the channel towards the point and into the river.  As is typical for a Regatta Race two mark were set out in the river, towards the port, which the crews had to navigate.  It was then a quick row, with the tide, to the finish line at the green can.

The men rowed first and the line of twelve was set up between the safety boat and the yellow 5k buoy.  There was a slight delay in starting due to times conflicting with shipping movements in the harbour,  however this was welcomed by the crews and light hearted banter ensued.

The race started and immediately saw four crews, Ferryboat Inn Men (40), The Mandy’s (38), Light Weights (8) and Lazy Jacks Men (37), separate ahead of the main pack and gather a strong lead.  Lazy Jacks Men managed to get to the first mark in first place while the other three boats settled in behind. 

The next boats through were MGM (29) and Power Master Strokers (27) with MGM putting in a hard push to get water on the mark.


The next leg towards the river saw a close contest between boats 33, 31, 2, 15 and 6 each crew knowing that they wanted to be ahead coming into the river mouth.  However, the contest was so tight it saw clashes at the green can and the point with boats 15 and 31 getting completely turned around.  One boat, Castle Inn Rowers (9), managed to exploit the clashes and take a few places up through the fleet.

The race ended with a commanding lead from the Lazy Jacks Men who looked as strong as when they started.  The Ferry Boat Men were second followed by Light Weights in third.

Next up were the ladies and it was a prompt start from them.  The leading women’s crew in the series had split into two crews for this race to double their chances of silverware.  It was one of these boats, number 20, which moved ahead of the fleet in the early stages followed by Blisters Gal’oar.  #Gatecrashers and Shaldon Gulls had a close match between themselves and led the rest of the pack towards the first mark.

After this mark it was all change, it was the final drag race into the river where opportunities for overtaking are limited. #Gatechrashers were now second place and all of the other positions appeared to be up for the taking.

Coming around the point boat number 20 had extended its lead and looked calm as they navigated the tide.  They were followed by boat 29, 42 and 38 into the river mouth towards the final two marks.

Coming around the point boat number 20 had extended its lead and looked calm as they navigated the tide.  They were followed by boat 29, 42 and 38 into the river mouth towards the final two marks.

After this mark it was all change, it was the final drag race into the river where opportunities for overtaking are limited. #Gatechrashers were now second place and all of the other positions appeared to be up for the taking.  

This was how the race finished, crossing the line at the green can.  A win for the #Crashinggates and some important scores for the ongoing series.

Thanks to Dave for the report and the videos!

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