Men's Rowers Reign At Weymouth

Friday 3rd June 2016

Lyme Regis Men's rowing teams underpinned their position as number one in Dorset, collecting two 1st and a 2nd place finish at Weymouth last weekend.

With the World Championships now a happy memory, the gig racing season got underway at the weekend with Weymouth hosting their regatta, the first of the local events for 2016 season.

Clubs attending incuded Portland, Swanage, Bridport and Sidmouth with others further afield, such as Ilfracombe, Bristol, Langstone Cutters, and a Royal Marine crew from Tamar Gig Club.

Very walm calm conditions meant that all the competitive crews could produce some very comendable results. Not having to battle with heavy water meant that tams could concentrate on their stroke technique, in doing so, recording some very fast times around the 1.8 mle triangular course.

The first race of the day was the Ladies A and at the drop of the starters flag, a rattling woodwork could be heard from the viewing area as the boats made their way to the first marker. The Ilfracombe crew in 'Rapperee' looked as though they had he makings of a winning crew as they headed around the course. They maintained their lead to take the win. Lyme did not field a team in this event.

The Ladies B race was next. Again, way into the first section the race was anyones for the taking, but the first turn would determine the outcome of the race with the Weymouth crew in 'Isolde' forging ahead to the next marker and eventually the finish line for victory. Lyme ladies settled into the mid-field to take 7th from a field of 14 boats.

The youth sections were next to take up their positions on the start line over a shorter course. Lyme were one of eight teams who did not field a crew in this six crew race, which was won by Ilfracombe in 'Rapperee'.

The order of play then reverted back to he seniors and the Men's A catagory where some very disciplined rowing, none more so than from Lyme Regis crew in 'Tempest' built by club member Gail McGarva. They were very quickly out of the blocks leaving the remainder of he field in their wake for the complete course. Increasing the gap to the rest of the pack with every stroke, they eventually crossed the line to take victory in under 11 minutes. Faster than any other crew had previously achieved for this course.

The Men's B Team then lined up for their chance to battle it out in the next 14-crew race. Lyme's B crew, again in Tempest led from the start and held their lead untill 300 meters from the finish when they were passed by a young crew from RM River Tamar Gig Club. 

Following this was the Ladies Vets event with 12 crews taking part. A technically perfect row from the Weymouth Ladies would see their crew in 'Tristan' take victory with Lyme finishing amongst the leading pack in 6th position.

In the next race 11 crew Men's Vets the Lyme gig gradually eased ahead from the start to gain the advantage on the first turn and capitalise on the opportunity that was presenting itself to them with every stroke. They eventually took the victory with Weymouth and Portland finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The Ladies Supervets saw a field of six crews gather at the start lne to do battle. From an evenly spaced convoy, it was Weymouth who dominated this race to earn victory. Meanwhile eight crews made up the Men's Supervets event in which Swanage in 'Winspit' won the event with Lyme crossing the line in 5th place.

The concluding race was the Men's & Ladies mixed event with all 15 crews entering a gig. Weymouth, Swanage and Ilfacombe led the pack and this was the finishing order. The overall victory went to Weymouth with Lyme Regis finishing 5th overall from 15 crews.


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