Valeport provides impetus to Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club with new addition to racing fleet
Valeport, the Totnes-based manufacturer of underwater measuring equipment, has delivered a welcome boost to the Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club with the purchase of a new 'racing eight' worth £22,000. The 13.5m composite carbon and glass fibre boat, built by Surrey manufacturer Janousek, has been named Impetus in a champagne ceremony by Valeport Chairman, Charles Quartley.
Impetus has enjoyed a busy summer season of racing at locations across England, with the Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club (ARC) lightweight women's crew reaching the quarter finals of the Henley Regatta. The boat can now be seen on the River Dart every weekend at club training, proudly bearing the Valeport insignia on its hull and the crew's blades. Impetus and her squad will next compete as one of 400 crews at the Head of the River race in March 2018, which takes place along the same stretch of the Thames that hosts the legendary Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge University boat clubs. In July, Impetus' crew will return to the Henley Regatta, aiming to better their previous success.
Dart Totnes ARC has around 250 members training and competing at adult and junior level. Impetus is ideally suited to lightweight women's and junior competition, filling a gap in the club's existing fleet which saw these squads disadvantaged against their competition by racing in heavier boats. The arrival of Impetus boosts the teams' chances in competition as well as allowing Dart Totnes ARC to take part in more regattas around the country.
Andrew Phillips, Chairman of Dart Totnes ARC, said: "We're extremely grateful to Valeport for the generous purchase of Impetus, a boat that is changing the shape of competitive ladies rowing for our club. We're proud to have long history with Valeport and their ongoing support allows our members to train harder, our crews to compete on equal footing, and Dart Totnes ARC to go from strength to strength."