Ilfracombe Regatta Success
Monday 20th June 2016
Building on their success at Weymouth Regatta, Lyme egis Gig Club have increased their momentum with impressive results at Swanage, Caradon and this weekend's Ilfracombe Regatta.
Top 3 places have been recorded across all catagories at all of the meetings with some impressive wins, notably from the Men's A, Men's Vets and Ladies Supervets crews.
In choppy conditions and having to negotiate the many jellyfish, this weekends regatta was a platform from which the Lyme crew would continue their good form with the Men's A wnning their race after a thrilling finale in the clossing stages. Attributing to this victory was the manoevre on the final turn known as 'tossing the oar'. On the command of their cox, Jeff Legge, their bowside rower, Zac Hunt, tossed the oar from bowside to the stroke side pins, in doing so helping to propel the gig through a tighter turn on the marker, after which the oar is returned to bowside, enabling them to power away and increase their lead going into the final straight to take the victory.
The Men's Vets crew followed the good fortune of the Lyme A Team by winning their race after a similar finish.
The Lyme crew had enough Men's rowers to enter a second Vets team in a gig kindly loaned to them by neighbours Weymouth. After suffering a few technical issues with 'Isolde', the Weymouth boat, the Vets (2) crew managed to secure a 7th position.
The Lyme Men's Supervets (>50 years of age) Team completed their race with a commendable 3rd Place, with the Men's B team crossing the line in their race in 5th position.
Well deserved credit must also go to the Lyme Ladies Supervets crew for posting an impressive victory after a course long battle with the eventual second placed boat.
Land and sea training continues for Lyme Regis Gig Club in readiness for the next Bridport Regatta held at West Bay on Sunday 3rd July 2016