Lyme Regis Gig Club Regatta - Report
Tuesday 16th August 2016
Lyme Regis Gig Club hosted their home rowing regatta with clubs from throughout Devon, Dorset and beyond taking part. The final result saw Lyme Regis win the overall trophy. The first time since the club was formed nine years ago.
Rowing took place from just off The Cobb heading west in front of Monmouth Beach covering a triangular course. Although a warm sunny day the sea conditions were rough, with a powerful swell making rowing increasingly challenging as the day progressed.
The day started with the ladies supervets race where there was close competition up front with Lyme settling early on and kept composure to finish in 4th. The Men's supervets battled hard around the turns, and gradually moved ahead of a strong field to give Lyme the first win of the day. Next up was the Junior Race, where Under 14's and Under 16's competed alongside each other. In all 11 crews raced, with the two Under 14 crews from Lyme coing in 4th (2nd U14s) and 7th, which is a great result for the crews and their coaches Kerry Maguire and Diana Dixon.
Next up was the Ladies A Race. Standards in his race were incredibly high with some of the best crews in the Country taking part. It was won by Ilfracombe with Lyme coming home 3rd. The Men's A followed, with Lyme rowing to form and winning their 4th trophy of the year, this time by five boat lengths over 2nd placed Bristol.
The Ladies B and C races were both won by Weymouth. Lyme showed stength in depth with two B Crews and Two C Crews, all rowing with disciplin and quality with Lyme B coming in 4th in their race. Lyme B2 battled hard around the turns, seeing off crews as they went, coming in 8th. In an upset in the C races Lyme C2 beat C1.
The Men's B and C races followed. Competition was stiff even between Lyme's own crews, with Lyme C1 and C2 battling it out on the water. Lyme B gained a very respectable 2nd to a strong Brixham crew while the C2 crew came home third. As the da developed with better results coming for Lyme it became clear that the club could challenge for overall trophy, with close competition from Ilfracombe, Weymouth and Brixham. The pressure was on with only three races left.
The Lyme Ladies Vets rowed with great composure in increasingly rough and rolling seas finishing 5th, which although a respectable result meant Lyme dropped behind their competitors overall.
Lyme Men's Vets crew, with two supervets stepping up, showed strength and coolness of head to pull away gradually from the start and could not be caught, gaining the third win of the day for Lyme. Now the overall trophy was between Lyme and Weymouth, but Lyme had ground still to make up.
The final race was the mixed event, with three ladies and three men in each gig. The early lead went to Lyme 2, with Lyme 1, whose scores in Black Ven counted to the overall tally, in 3rd. As Lyme 2 took the first turn they were passedon the inside by Ilfracobe and those positions held, Lyme 1 coming home 3rd and he much fancied Weymouth dropping back to a disappointing 8th. Lyme Club members started celebrations as the final maths showed Lyme had won overall trophy by the narrowist of margins, just one point over Weymouth with local rivals Bridport coming in a close 3rd.