Torridge Pilot Gig Club Regatta Report
Saturday 27th August 2016
Lyme Regis Gig Club fielded a small team to the Torridge Pilot Gig Club Regatta, which the home team hosted in their home port of Appledore in North Devon on Saturday 27th August.
Appledore is set on the River Torridge and the days racing took place in the estury with the start line off the seafront and the finish off the slipway. The 1.2 mile triangular course had two challenging 90 degree,stroke-side buoyed turns, which provided lots of opportunities for the clashing oars and interesting language. The weather was good with high cloud and sunny intervals and a moderate wind blowing down the river. The racing started at Midday and the neap tide made till 14:30 and then ebbed, increasingly strongly till the end of the racing at 17:00, all of which made for some tough racing against both wind and current.
Torridge Gig Regatta is something of a North Devon Derby with the home team. fielding their gigs Kerens and Will to Win, Bude raced in Bedhaven, Barnstaple in Nipper, Boscastle & Cracklington in Torrent, Illfracombe in Rogue and Rapparee, Appledore in Verbene and Whitford and Lyme Regis in Tempest.
The first race kicked off with the Ladies B with a starting line of ten gigs and whic was won by Kerens and the Lyme crew coming in eighth. This was followed by the Ladies A and Lyme coming in sixth. The Ladies Vets came in seventh and he SuperVets a good fifth.
The Men's B followed and the Lyme Crew came in seventh, the Vets fourth and the SuperVets were unfortunately disqualified after a high speed tangle with Verbene on the first mark.
The final event was the Six Decade Race, a novel idea to mark the home Club's tenth annaversary and with a crew member being drawn from their teens through in sequance to those in their sixties. Lyme came in a good 6th.
This was a good days competition and a creditable result for a small Lyme squad many of whom competed in three demanding races. Lyme Regis Gig Club would like to thank Torridge Gig Club for hosting a wonderful regatta and he other competing clubs for their great sportsmanship.