Season ends with Helford Head of River Race and Tamar Challenge
Saturday 15th October 2016
Saturday October 15th saw Lyme Regis Gig Club send gigs to the final events of the season, the Head of the river race at Helford in Cornwall and the Tamar Challenge.
The Helford race is a four and a half mile pursuit race with crews given handicaps depending on age and gender. Both Lyme crews were mixed, with three Men and three Women in each crew. The Rebel crew, made up of five super vets (over fifty) and a thirty year old, set off two minutes before the Tempest crew and made steady progress, catching slower boats and managing not to get passed by many of the quicker crews, finishing the race in 42 minutes and 52 seconds, and an overall place of 14th from 30 gigs entered.
The Tempest crew, made up of four vets (over 40) and two in their 20's, got off to a flying start and caught many of the earlier starters, finally finishing in 39 minutes and 43 seconds for a final placing of 5th overall, only being beaten by four all male crews.
Tempest: Cox: Jeff Legge. Michelle Prosser, Sam Smith, Cam Short, Harry Poulson, Dan Dunford, Emma Hensman
Rebel: Cox: Elliott Dale. Kerry Maguire, Charlotte Ryall, Chris Walters, Diana Dixon, Pete Rowsell, Marcus Dixon
On the Tamar weather conditions were so poor they almost warranted calling off the event. This event is also a long distance race and again a handicapped pursuit race.
Visibility was greatly reduced by the heavy sleeting rain bouncing off the water surface. All crews were absolutely soaked before the flag went down, making the race extra challenging.
Rowing in Prospero, this year’s crew were a full Supervet crew and managed to finish in 61m 51s making them the fastest supervets crew on the day, a great result.
This marks the end of a remarkable season for the club.