Lyme Regis U14 gig crews impress at major championships
PUBLISHED: 12:37 24 July 2018
Lyme Regis Gig Club’s junior division impressed at the annual CPGA Under-14s championships in Hayle, Cornwall, with the A crew coming third and the B crew ending as the ninth fastest, writes Tony Ford.
The event is the gig rowing’s main race for Under-14s, held on Copperhouse Pool using a straight line 1km course. This was the second year Lyme attended this established annual event following the sixth place they gained in 2017.
The racing entailed knock out rounds of three boats racing in each heat with a total 36 crews taking part. Both Lyme crews won their respective first round races comfortably, showing a very high level of rowing technique, garnering complements from many in the crowd.
Into round two the Lyme crews left the opposition in their wake, winning both races. Sadly, due to the B crew being classed as a composite crew (two of their rowers were also in the A crew), they could progress no further, despite finishing the day as the ninth fastest crew overall.
For some of the B crew this was their first taste of gig racing and, along with the numerous junior rowers from the club who could not attend this regatta, it makes for an exciting prospect for future years of potential junior success for the club.
The third round saw the A crew once again cruise through in first place in their heat. By now they were catching the attention of the established crews from Cornwall as potential contenders for the championship.
In the semi-final the A crew put up a superb effort to be just edged out by the all-boy crew from Fowey, but they finished a splendid second which was to qualify for the final of three boats.
In the final, racing against Fowey and Cadwith, Lyme crossed the line for a photo finish with Cadgwith, with the Cornish club just getting the nod from the umpire. Champions were Fowey by four boat lengths, Cadgwith second and Lyme A coming in a close third for the best-ever result by a Dorset club.
The crews were; B crew Aiden Boggan, Bel Ford, Seb Ford, Tom Simpson, May Robinson and Freya Hannaford. A crew; Pearl Hill, Saffie Clark, Seb Ford, Tom Simpson, Molly Hunt and Emma Vernon.
This result adds to Lyme’s continued success this season, with top three championship spots for the men’s supervets, men’s vets and now the under 14s.
Next up the adult crews travel to Rame in Cornwall to take on the best of gig rowers before the Lyme Regis Regatta on August 11, held on the Cobb.