Lyme Regis Gig Club - 2017 Report - Best Competitive Season Yet
Sunday 31st December 2017
Lyme Regis Gig Club topped their best competitive season in the club's 10-year history with a men's victory at the 2017 Appledore supervets regatta.
In the same weekend, the ladies supervetscame in an excellent third, while on the long distance Tamar race, Lyme posted a strong sixth out of 27 crews.
During the 2017 summer season of regattas throughout the Westcountry, Lyme picked up a club record 17 winners trophies, topping the 12 won in 2016. The successes last year generally came from different crews than last.
The bulk of the trophies were won by the men's supervets and the Under 14s' crews, winning seven and three trophies respectively. For both of these crews success has come as a result of long-term commitment to training both on and off the water.
Infact, during 2017 the all-conquering men's supervets were undefeated all year since their third place in the IOS World Championshipips at the very start of the season.
Other successes in 2017 included the Under 14s coming sixth at their first attempt in main national competition in Hayle in July. This bodes well for 2018 as most of this crew will still be in the same age catagory.
Lyme aldso picked up a massive seven wins at the local Bridport regatta in June, winning every Mens race in the process.
The Club donminated at he Flushing and Mylor Regatta, almost winning a clean sweep, and winning their first mixed races ever, also at Bridport.
Lyme additionally attended a few of the traditional Cornish Regattas for the first time, including Falmouth Sprints, Zennor Regatta and racing in Gloucester Harbour in the USA.
The Men's A Crew again made Group B (Top 24) at the Isles of Scilly World Championships 2017, for the third year on the trot.
Aside from the competitive rowing, the Club has developed in other areas with almost 180 active members, including 53 Junior and Skiff rowers.
During 2017 the Club also openned its own bespoke 'Seafit' gym and purpose-built maintenance and boat building workshop.
2017 also saw Lyme Regis Gig Club change its status to become a charity, making funding easier and legalities more robust for future sustainablity.
With a traditionally strong senior contingent, recently joined by the large number of juniors, and now a growing number of 20s and 30s joining, the Club is not only one of the largest sports clubs in the area, but also among the most diverse and inclusive.