Lyme Regis gig crews impress at World Championships
PUBLISHED: 09:29 12 May 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 12 May 2015
Lyme Regis Gig Club sent their competitive rowing team to the recent Isles of Scilly Gig rowing World Championships where they delivered, by far, their best results ever from a field of over 150 boats.
In very challenging waters, all of the Lyme crews proved to be in top form!
A weekend of racing got underway on the Friday evening with the longest of the races – one from St Agnes to St Mary’s.
With a considerable swell and less than satisfactory visibility, the ladies’ vets and supervets team’s started proceedings, leaving the start line at St Agnes and finishing in St Mary’s harbour.
By this time, the mist was rolling in over St. Agnes, diminishing the visibility by the minute with the men’s Vets and supervets now having to complete the same course.
The remainder of the weekend was all about the A B and C ladies’ and men’s crews who were all bidding to qualify for the Sunday afternoon finals.
In all there were a dozen heats raced through Saturday and Sunday morning prior to those finals.
The event drew to a close during Sundays final with the traditional `rafting up` ceremony, toasting the final groups across the finishing line.
Lyme Regis Gig Club captain Henry Barlow said: “It really was a superb effort all round. The ladies’ C crew served up a fantastic effort from a relatively new crew and cox, showing great tenacity in conditions they had not rowed in before. The ladies A and B crews both showed big improvements on last year’s results, reaping the rewards of a very committed training regime. The men’s C crew, despite being one of the older crews participating, performed magnificently to achieve the highest ever finish by a Lyme C crew.
“The men’s B crew, with two Scilly ‘first-timers’ amongst their number, rowed consistently well right through the weekend and achieved the same finish as the A crew had the previous year and the men’s A crew raced with the same intensity that they had trained with all winter, this crew achieved the highest result in the history of the club by coming 24th”.
Barlow rounded things off saying: “The visit to the championships showed once again what a great spirit we have across all the teams and throughout the club. This would not have been achieved without an incredible level of commitment to training.”
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