NORTHWICH welcomed 154 crews to the River Weaver on Saturday and their Spring Head was launched by a sparkling performance from an old boy.
William Laughton, now a London University student and a Great Britain Under 23 international, won the Elite Sculls in a time of 8mins 53secs over a 2,600m course.
He was not the only individual to grab success. So too did Sian Murray, a former junior international out of retirement following illness. The 23-year-old Castle woman won the Senior IIs in 10.33.
Northwich's Jamie Leighton triumphed in the Senior IV event in 9.34, Matthew Jump the Senior I race in 9.35 and John Cowan the Senior IIIs in 9.43.
The Second Division was won by the Northwich SII coxless quad in 7.59 and clubmates in the Vet C Eight sped home in 8.14.
The junior girls won two medals in WJ16 double, Rhian Wynne and Mary Hunt, and WJ15 double Jane Edwards and Amy Fallon, beating opposition from local rivals Royal Chester and The Grange School.
This division was not without incident when an eight rowed by Chester University crashed at speed into the bank, smashing off the bow end of the boat. Though shocked, all crew members were unharmed.
Northwich were delighted in the final division to win back the Walter Benyon Trophy, presented to the fastest boat of the day which was won by their own SII men's eight in 7.41.
Mike Bulmer, Doug Pickup, John Ford, John Cowan, Matt Jump, John McDonald, Jamie Leighton, Martin Chandler (Trafford RC) and cox Jonty Moore were in the boat.
Steve Wignall, Simon Bannister, Mike Francis and Neville Hand won the Veterans E coxless four in 9.21.
The promising combination of Kerry Briggs and Laura Hind raced well, convincingly beating their opposition, to win the Women's Novice doubles in 10.06.
Junior boys Henry Bellis and Matt Riddell were presented with their first major race medals in J13 doubles. They were timed at 12.57.