Weymouth Regatta Report - Lyme SuperVets continue to dominate
Saturday 27th May 2017
The Lyme Regis Gig Club Mens supervets (over 50’s crew) have continued where the left off in the World Championships with another victory, this time in Weymouth.
The Weymouth Regatta was held in fine but breezy conditions off the main beach on Saturday. 14 clubs took part, from all over Dorset, Devon and beyond. This regatta is also the first in the Jurassic Coast series where clubs along the coast from Poole to Exmouth compete through the season for the Jurassic Trophy.
The ladies section began proceedings. Their best result, with a weakened squad, was a 5th in the ladies C. Meanwhile local rivals Bridport ladies A beat the Lyme ladies A easily.
The men’s section fared better, with a strong set of results, not failing to be outside the top 3 in any of the five mens races. The highlight was another victory for the men’s supervets, their second of the year already, where they saw off good crews from Teignmouth, Langstone and Weymouth. This crew have a wealth of rowing experience and good level of fitness. However rowing relies on a crew really gelling together, and when they do the boat will flow through the water with what looks like relative ease. This crew are in one of those grooves and will now rightly target more regattas and more trophies.
Another highlight was the performance of the juniors. Lyme fielded two under 14’s crews, the only club at the regatta with such a strong section and were the first and second placed under 14’s crews across the line. A well done goes to juniors Pearl and Seb who both stepped up to race with adult crews on the day. Big thanks go to Kerry and Diana for their commitment in developing the club’s youth squad. The youth crews will now be building toward the main under 14’s championships in Hayle in July.
Lyme’s men were the top scoring men’s division on the day, with the club coming in 4th overall. In the Jurassic Trophy league they stand 3rd, closely behind Weymouth and Bridport.
Next stop will be two regattas next weekend; Swanage and Salcombe. Let’s hope the sun shines. The club would like to thank sponsors and supporters in and around Lyme, particularly the Lyme Harbourmaster and his team.