Hundreds turn out to cheer Lyme armada

A record 12 new boats are launched by academy students

STUDENTS from Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy finally got to show off their months’ of hard work with a mass launch to mark the end of their course.

A record 12 boats were led down to the harbour by renowned local seafarer Roy Gollop.

They included a wide range of construction types, from traditional clinker to a glass, resin- infused, rowing boat designed by Instructor Justin Adkin.

Around 300 well-wishers gathered to watch the boats take their first voyage and cheer as director Tim Gedge wished them well.

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After the launch the students were awarded certificates before setting off to the Thames Boat Show in Berkshire to exhibit their craft and newfound skills.

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