Club President Peter Allsopp welcomed around 70 members and guests, thanking them for attending and for their continued support of the club over the last year. Special thanks went to the club’s main sponsors, Wightlink, and the main sponsor of the club’s regatta, TLM Laser.
Guests were able to see the famous ‘Bideford Bowl’ awarded to the club’s Senior Four crew for winnning the South Coast Senior Fours Championship at Dartmouth in September.
Following a presentation on the club’s achievements in 2019, Club Captain Graham Reeve, supported by the rowing captain Joel Smith and President Pete Allsopp, presented the club’s annual awards.
The Coxswain’s Cup was awarded to Owen Barnaby, the First Year Oarsman Trophy was awarded to Harry Jones and the First Years Ladies Trophy to Niamh Edwards.
Mike Ewing received the Oarsman of the Year award and Emily Davis was awarded the Oars Lady of the Year.
The Coaches Cup was awarded by the club’s rowing captain Joel Smith to Graham Reeve and the Committee Cup to Ollie Bottrell. The Captain’s Cup, awarded by Club Captain Graham Reeve, was presented to Ollie & Sarah Kearny.
Finally, the traditional ‘First Hants & Dorset ARA win’ club spoons – a tradition that goes back more than 70 years were awarded to Mike Ewing, Alex Miller, Mark Chadwick and Tom Hammond.
There were also special awards to Andy Barker of AB Composities his work on the club’s new Coastal Four.
The evening concluded with a substantial buffet, a photo montage and films of some of the seasons racing.