Storm Force and Prospero - Double Launch
Sunday 28th August 2016
Lyme Regis Gig Club launched their new Cornish Sea Skiff Storm Force and pilot gig Prospero on The Cobb's slipway at 3pm on Sunday 28th August 2016.
Fibreglass skiff Storm Force joined her wooden half sister Gale Force, both boats are fast and light, which makes them idea for families and young people to learn to row and to become highly proficiant members of Lyme Regis Gig Club's competitive crews. Cornish sea skiffs are fifteen feet in length and can be rowed by one person using two paddles (sometimes called sculls), by a crew of two with an oar apiece or three with paddles and oars. Storm Force has been made possible through the generous support of The Montagu Lodge No 665, Candles on the Cobb and Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival.
The Bank Holiday Sunday also saw the launch of Prospero, the Gig Club's fifth gig. Named after Shakespear's sorcerer. the new gig is a high quality, low maintenance boat built by Fusion GRP Pilot Gigs using vacuum infusion fibreglass construction technique. The commisioning and build of Prospero has been made possible by the generous support of Lyme Regis Town Council, who have also enabled the purchase of a new set of gig oars.
Prospero offers year round rowing and is an important addition to the Club's fleet of gigs. Throughout the spring and summer, Lyme's gig club competes with their three wooden gigs, Rebel, Black Ven and Tempest in events held throughout the South West. Prospeo, with her advanced construction that makes her light and fast, closely matches the wooden gigs and is ideal for club crews as well as youth and competitive training. This allows the wooden gigs to undergo winter maintenance and participate in events like the World Chapionships in the Isles of Scilly at the beginning of May without interrupting the rowing programme in Lyme.