Zennor Regatta Report

Saturday 20th May 2017

With the Lyme Regis Gig Club`s recent achievement in the World Championships on the Isles of Scilly still resonating through the club, it was time to focus on the exciting racing season ahead, as the club headed west to deepest Cornwall to compete in the home waters of the Zennor Gig Club at Newlyn.

With the weather providing very favourable racing conditions, the first race in the order was the Ladies `A` in which Lyme did not field a team. However, in the true spirit of the sport, one of the club`s lady rowers, Charlotte Ryall, offered her services to compliment an `A` crew from Bude in `Bedehaven` as they were one rower short.

Immediately following this would be the Ladies `B` in which Charlotte was to race again. This time joined fellow Lyme crew member, Clare Round in Portreath`s `Gull Rock`, as they were also short.

So, taxing `back to back` racing was in store for Charlotte.

For the benefit of the readers, assuming they are not already committed, rowers from all clubs can make themselves available to `sit in` to enable another crew to compete. The alternative is, they don`t race.

Back to the racing and Lyme`s Black Ven saw their Ladies `B` team haul themselves around the challenging 1.8 mile course to finish in a very creditable 7th position in a field of 17 boats.

Next on the race order was the Mens `A` in which Lyme did not enter their usual team. Instead, a crew from their B,C & D teams were assembled and made their way to the start line to compete with the longer established A crews from around the peninsula. A strong start saw `Black Ven` hold her own for over half way around the course. Settling in to the home straight, Lyme did exceptionally well to fend off 4 boats, putting several boat lengths between them and the remaining crews, to finish 11th from 17

The result from the Men`s `B` race would see the club start to climb the leader board.

Their performance, which only until the very end was a close-run race, saw them finish in an impressive 7th place.

The remaining races were to see Lyme further improve their points tally.

Next race was the mixed (3 men & 3 ladies) this was to be one of the races to watch. A hard-fought battle with Black Ven sitting in 4th place at the first marker. This was to be a hotly-contested race, all the way to the finishing line, dropping only one place in the final stages to finish 5th.

The last race of the day was the Vets, in which `Black Ven` held her own in a hard fought battle to the line to take another 5th place.

Consistency reigned supreme on the day for Lyme. For taking into account there were 3 races not contended, the club finished in 6th place overall. A commendable result amongst some serious competition.

Lyme Regis Gig Club would like to take this opportunity to thank the Zennor club for their assistance with boat launching and retrieval and their hospitality, ensuring a great day was had by all.

Thanks also to Otter Breweries for their continued support.

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