Lyme Regis Gig Club impress at Helford

PUBLISHED: 15:10 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:10 26 March 2013

The Lyme Regis Gig crew in action

The Lyme Regis Gig crew in action


Lyme Regis Gig Club travelled down to Helford to race in the 1.8 mile race in choppy seas and squally rain storms competing against twenty of Cornwall’s best gig clubs.

The racing was billed as the Helford Mini Scillies because the distance mirrors that of the long race in the World Championships held in the Isles of Scilly at the beginning of May.

The event was staged up the picturesque estuary with the start line out to sea and the finish adjacent to the Ferryman Inn.

The racing was hard against the tide and the weather, which was cold with a South Westerly blowing up to 20 knots and intermittent hail storms.

Lyme Regis Gig club fielded a ladies veterans team rowing in Tempest and the crew finished 12th.

The Lyme club entered two men’s vets teams with the B team in Black Ven coming 10th and the A vets team in Tempest coming a splendid fourth.

In the ladies race, Lyme Regis Gig club didn’t enter a team and the day ended with the men’s race in which Lyme Men B came 17th in Black Ven and the Men’s A, in Tempest, coming a very creditable eighth against some excellent competition.

Lyme Regis Gig club offers people the opportunity to row the wonderful Cornish pilot gig as a way of having fun, keeping fit and competing.

The general public are offered the opportunity to try the sport themselves at the club’s first ‘taster’ morning being held next Monday (April 1).

It is of course weather dependant! However, if the elements allow the club hope to create a social and welcoming atmosphere on Pool beach, behind the Aquarium on The Cobb.

The event runs from 10am through to 12.30pm and anyone wanting to take a ‘taster’ row will be asked to pay £5.

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