Jane Bingley of Tees RC in the women's senior 2 single sculls was fastest women's sculler
in a time of 22:49.
The River Taff racer finished two and half lengths back on the Olympian and a length up on third, with the Henley and Trafford scullers
But the River Taff 18-year-old was just shaded in the second half by Matt Tatlock from Olympic champion Andy Hodge's Molesey club and Marlow-based Mathew Bedford, who denied the Welsh sculler
third by just two-tenths of a second.
, with 2001 world champion Olaf Tufte from Norway and Holland's Olympic silver medallist Dirk Lippits favourites to take the two final slots.
Paul Buckworth of Tees Rowing Club repeated his success of last year in the Tyne Scullers
Head of the River when he was the winner in his event, the men's single sculls competition.
The Taff-trained Great Britain sculler
held the giant Norweigian to three lengths in his opening 2000m heat, just beating Finland's Jaako Hasu for third with Marco Ragazzi in second place for hosts Italy.
Olympic gold and bronze medal-winning kayaker Brabants placed sixth overall, but did have the luxury of partnering the best sculler
in the race - 2006 World Cup singles champion and Beijing finalist Alan Campbell.
In the single sculls, Staniforth won her heat against a sculler
from London Rowing Club and went on to win the final against Maidenhead sculler
The Newport sculler
lost two years after a bike accident in 1993 when she needed a back operation and missed another two seasons after a sixth at the 1998 world championships, when she was hit by another sculler
while doing a trials race.
Cardiff City's Dave Donaghy raced home third in the 19-boat S3 singles event on day one, finishing second in his heat to make the six-boat final, and then chasing home the London RC and Leander scullers
, with the Chesterton sculler
a length back in fourth.
Wes was over the moon when Waring and Netts offered to sponsor his dream to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta in July.
Durham Amateur Rowing Club junior sculler
Helen Preston has moved into the top 10 of the national women's junior 18 rankings ( even though she is only 16.
Danielle, who has made great progress in her role as junior captain at Tees Rowing Club, will now race as a Senior 4 Sculler
against adult opposition.
His name was James Renforth, champion sculler
of the world.
McClelland-Brooks - Wales' first-ever World Cup winner at the Lucerne Regatta in Switzerland last year and the Great Britain sculler
at the World Championships in Seville - beat off the challenge of Dutch sculler
Ellen Nellisen to land gold by two lengths on day one.