Rebel boat with a cause

PUBLISHED: 13:35 01 July 2008 | UPDATED: 21:59 15 June 2010

A LYME Regis woman launched her 32 foot boat on Sunday - after nine months of work.

A LYME Regis woman launched her 32 foot boat on Sunday - after nine months of work.Gale McGarva, with helpers, built Rebel, so named after King Charles II's remark on the town - for the Lyme Regis Gig Club's first Cornish Pilot Gig.She said: "It's been a joy. When you build a boat like this it demands a lot of patience, so you have to enjoy the process as well as the end result. It's been a fantastic challenge, especially doing it for the town. It is a dream come true."Chairman of the Lyme Regis Gig Club, Marcus Knight, said: "Well, nine months is the usual gestation period! It is great to have the boat built in town and it has been a real team effort. For example, club members have made the oars."To have our first boat is really something. Hopefully, if we get the funds, we can start another in the future."The Lyme Regis Gig Club was set up in February last year and already has over 100 members. It is open to all ages and backgrounds, and gives people a way of keeping fit or having fun competing in events throughout the South West.For more information, contact Mr Dixon on 01297 445021 or e-mail

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