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Regatta success.

Byline: John Green

Downpours and high winds greeted oarsmen and women as they arrived for the Tees Regatta at the crack of dawn.

The day started well for Tees Women, with the Senior 3 coxed eight (Zoe Rayson, Fiona Ventress, Kate Dickenson, Angela Warburton, Wendy Capes, Sarah Wilson, Rebekah Warburton, Vicki Phelan and cox Neil Hindle) winning their event comfortably, beating crews from Hollingworth Lake and St Peter's School in the final.

The women's novice coxed four (Pauline Park, Christine Meikle, Fiona Ventress, Deborah Ashurst and cox Neil Hindle) beat crews from Yarm School to take the title in a hard fought race with the Tees crew coming from behind to win by one length.

Zoe Rayson, Sarah Harker, Wendy Capes, Sarah Wilson (str) with Neil Hindle coxing won the senior 2 coxed fours event.

Yet another win was notched by Sarah Harker and Rebekah Warburton competing in the WS3 2x event, where they overcame fellow Tees crew Ester Takacs and Suzie Francis,

The Women's senior coxed four (Sally Barker Diane Murphy, Carol Robinson and Jenny Howse with cox Angela Warburton) progressed to the semi(finals of their event.

The Women's veteran C quad finished a close second behind the Durham RC quad.

The coxless quad (Suzie Francis, Ruth Wilkinson, Charlotte Brown and Ester Takacs) were third in the Women's Senior 3 event.

The day ended well for the Tees Women with Suzie Francis and Ester Takacs achieving a fine win over Durham University.

The Tees veteran men stepped out of veteran racing for the day to take on the youthful senior 3 Lancaster University Eight. The Tees Vets gave Lancaster a fright when Tees held on to restrict the Lancaster students margin of victory down to one length.

Dick Wilkinson and Mike Fallaize came second in the Novice Double sculls, while Mike in his Single Sculls race was beaten by Mark Hamill of Durham ARC.

Veteran Tony Stocking won the men's senior 4 single sculls event in a close finish with three crews crossing the line together.

Meanwhile Tees veteran C coxed four (John Harrison, Steven Leigh, Paul Stiller and Paul Reevell with cox Neil Handle) beat Warrington and Chester-le-Street.

Tees Senior Men's elite eight composite which included Mark Ashcroft, Liam Cunningham, Steve Vaslet, Piers Dixon, Rob Cree, Neil Hunter-Smith, Steven Thompson (DSBC) and Jon Williamson (DSBC) with Marcus Haworth (DUBC) coxing, beat St Peters School, York in the elite coxed eights final.

Steve Vaslet, Piers Dixon, Rob Cree and James Andrews (str) in the men's senior 3 coxless fours event won their final against two sprightly St Peter's School fours, but St Peters gained their revenge when defeating the coxless mens four of Tom Reevell, Paul Lofts, Graham Hollins, James Andrews in their senior 2 event.

The promising Tees novice eight (Phil Dawson, John Edwards, Janek Neubaur, Steve McLaren, David Brindle, Chris Todd, Scott Gooding and Nick Pinnington with cox Ruth Wilkinson) defeated a second Tees eight but lost to St Peter's School narrowly in the final.

The Novice Coxed Four (Chris Todd, Nick Pinnington, Scott Gooding and Richard Harrison with cox Zoe Rayson) had a safe passage through early rounds and the semi(final before losing narrowly to a promising Durham University crew.

Novices Andrew Stephenson, Stephen Castleton, John Edwards, Dave Brindle (str) with cox Mel Roe were comfortable winners in their event, while the Tees novice coxed four of Steve Barker, Ken Watson, Brian Conway, Robert Meikle (str) with Rebecca Vaslet coxing were second in their final to their close rivals Durham ARC.

Veteran novices Andrew Stephenson, Stephen Castleton, Steve Barker, Dave Brindle, Brian Conway, Ken Watson, Janek Neubauer and Robert Meikle (str) with Rebecca Vaslet coxing had a fine win in their final.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 29, 2006
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