3 Rivers Success
Saturday 2nd April 2016
The start of March saw Lyme Regis Gig Club take part in their first race of 2016 at Saltash.
The Caradon Gig Club hosted their annual '3 Rivers' endurance race. A 6-mile, figure of 8 course starting at the iconic Tamar Bridge. From here the race headed up river in less han favourable conditions to the tributary of the river Tavy, where the course then turns down river, continuing under the bridge to the tributary of the river Lynher. From here th race heads back up to the finish line under the Tamar Bridge, in what is, perhaps, the most challenging part of the course.
This is a competitive event that draws the West Country's finest and strongest crews, including he reighning World Champions from Falmouth and is generally seen as the precursor to the racing season ahead. An opportunity for some to compare their performance with that of other crews they are likely to be raceing against throughout the forthcoming racing season.
Lyme's Ladies and Men's crews showed they are more than capable of producing some fine results going forward, as all crews averaged an improvement of around 3-4 minutes on their respective times from last year. Out of some 80 plus crews the Ladies 'A' fnished 30th overall with their 'B' team coming in 51st. The B's being a team consisting of 4 ladies who had never competed in this tough race and for one of whom this was her first ever race. The Men's crews also performe very well. The 'A' crew finished 9th overall and he 'B' crew crossing the line in 27th overall.