Dart day out goes well for Lyme crews

PUBLISHED: 14:26 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 19 April 2016

Exmouth gig Rodney Bey (centre) in action at the Lyme Rgeis Regatta

Exmouth gig Rodney Bey (centre) in action at the Lyme Rgeis Regatta

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Lyme Regis Gig Club was invited to take part in the annual Dart River Gig racing competition in Dartmouth.

This was a meeting that pitched them against some of the more established clubs in the South West, including Caradon Pilot Gig Club, who are former World Championship runners-up.

That said, of the selected 10 crews attending, this was a competition which saw the Lyme club bring home one of their best results tally yet.

The afternoon’s proceedings were under way with the Ladies’ B and Ladies’ A races which were, perhaps, the more challenging of the afternoon as they would be battling with a fairly strong tide, which meant turning on the sharper markers would test them and their cox. More so than usual.

Even so they both managed to notch up a respectable seventh place.

After a troublesome start for the Men’s B through a pin breaking, Lyme were last away from the start line but made up three positions in the first section and after the final turn they were catching fourth placed Dartmouth, finishing less than a boat length behind them.

Next up were the Men’s A category, a very strong field of rowers. After a good start, Caradon would once again set the pace but chasing them with all their might would be the Lyme boys.

They maintained their position and racing line throughout the first section, being expertly coxed by Jeff Legg.

Effecting the remaining turns with sheer discipline enabled Lyme crew to consolidate their position, crossing the line in an impressive 2nd position.

Now it was the turn of the Vets crews and again the Caradon crews were out of the blocks and away down the river, setting the pace for the following crews.

Lyme’s ladies did well to stay with the main pack, finishing ninth in their race, with the men finishing in fourth in theirs.

The Ladies’ and Men’s C crews were next to head to the start. Off the line, the ladies held their position well in the mid-field to finish in fifth place.

The Men’s C race saw Lyme end the winning run for Caradon by crossing the line in first place. A great effort, well executed.

The last race of the afternoon was the Men’s/Ladies’ mixed which saw Lyme finish in third place.

Once again, Lyme Regis Gig Club would like to thank the organisers of the Dartmouth club for a well-run event.

Thanks also to Lyme’s sponsors, Otter Breweries, for their support.


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