Newquay County Championships
In-keeping with tradition, Newquay once again played host to this year's annual CPGA County Championships, recently. An event which attracts the country's finest and most competitive Gig rowing Clubs.
Second only to the World Championships, in the waters off the Isles of Scilly, the Newquay event is one that is also taken very seriously, with all clubs fielding their very best crews.
This event is split in to 2 weekends, with the Ladies taking to the water first and the Men's crews following 2 weeks later.
That 2 week interval saw a complete change in conditions. Part way through the first morning of the Ladies race order, the organisers took the unenviable decision to cancel proceedings for the remainder of the day as conditions proved to be too dangerous to continue. This meant an early start on the Sunday to resume the racing. Thankfully, a much calmer sea ensued, allowing them to continue.
Because of the numbers of crews entered, all boats would leave the start line in heats of 6 crews, with the first 2 of each heat across the line being automatically promoted to the next round, with a capped number of fastest losers also making the grade. This was how the successful teams would make their ascent to the top of the leader board in the forthcoming heats, taking them to the Quarter finals, the Semi-final and the Final. The latter, of which, is a 2 lap race around the 1.8 mile course.
Lyme Regis Ladies entered 2 crews. Their 'A' and 'B' teams.
The Lyme girls were drawn against some quality opposition with the A crew coming 5th from their heat of 6 crews and the B team also coming 5th. But these races were not about race position within their respective heats. They were racing against the clock to post the best time they could against all of the other crews. So, the completed time in their heat could mean they beat other teams racing in their respective heats. At the end of the weekends racing, out of 99 crews, the Lyme Ladies 'A' team eventually recorded a very respectable 53rd overall position. More importantly an equally impressive 34th in their category. The Ladies B crew were not far behind recording a creditable 57th overall, in so doing posting themselves a 16th position in their category. Caradon A were the outright winners of this event.
Two weeks later and the elite of the Men's crews would come together, basking in the September sunshine in readiness for their attempt to post as high a position as possible.
Proceedings were under way, following the same race format as the Ladies, 2 weeks previously.
Internal competiton to take part in this event was such that Lyme entered a field of 4 crews. A,B,C & D. The A crew enjoyed a fantastic start, coming second in their heat, awarding them automatic promotion to the second round. Lyme's B boat finished quick enough to be within the capped number of fastest losers to ensure they also made the grade. The same protocol was adhered to for the second round which saw Lyme A just miss out on position, coming in 3rd but earned a place in the Quarter final on their posted time. The following day would see the top teams emerging, as the competition intensified. Lyme A just missed out on a place in the Semi-Final. It was Isles of Scilly World Champions, Falmouth A who would go on to win the title.
Positions for the Lyme Men's squad read as follows:-
- Men's A- 19th overall and 15th in their category
- Men's B – 39th overall and 10th in their category
- Men' C – 51st overall ad 3rd in their category
- Lyme Men's D team are a newly formed crew making their debut at the Newquay event, with very little water training.
Coxed by Toby Newson the crew, David Clayton-Bruce Khan-Phil Hayward-Marcus Dixon-Roger Brine and Dan Dunford finished in 72nd overall with a number of A, B and C crews behind them on the finishing line.
Lyme Regis Gig Club have enjoyed a successful 2015 season and would like to thank all of their sponsors and support crew who have played a very important part in contributing to their success.
Both Men's and Ladies teams are now entering into a winter training session, in preparation for the 2016 season.