Lifeboat crew swap engines for oars

PUBLISHED: 14:54 10 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 10 June 2013

OAR-SOME: Lyme Lifeboat crew training for the gig race. Photo by Richard Horobin

OAR-SOME: Lyme Lifeboat crew training for the gig race. Photo by Richard Horobin

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Lyme Regis RNLI team start practicing for the gig racing challenge in July

Members of Lyme Regis Lifeboat crew swapped their twin 115hp engines for oars to power their way across the bay yesterday (Sunday).

It was one of the first times since 1932 that a lifeboat crew had rowed out of the town’s harbour.

Seven members of the crew had their first training session for a gig race taking place during Lifeboat week in July when they will compete against teams of coastguards and firefighters.

One lifeboat man, John Cable, said: ”We were being coached by Diane Dixon of the Gig Club, and she said she was pleased with our progress, although she may have been being polite.

“It was hard work, and we did have a few timing issues with the oars. But we have more sessions planned, and we are determined to beat those coastguards and firefighters.”


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