The visitors travelled down from Somerset with their gig ‘Jayne Campbell’ for a race against ‘Avocet’ of Exmouth Gig Club and a spot of training on the estuary.


Lively conditions met the visiting crew, who have been rowing for only 10months since their club launched in 2015.


Ben Atkinson, who founded Exmouth Gig Club in 2014 said: “Burnham’s club have similar conditions to contend with in their estuary, with fast tidal flows and many sand bars to negotiate.


“Helping other new clubs is part of the ethos of our sport and their crew enjoyed a training row after their race in preparation for a busy season’ commented Ben Atkinson, who founded the Exmouth Gig Club in 2014.


“It is great to see new clubs forming along the coast; we were in the same situation two years ago embarking on our first full season.”


The more experienced crew in Avocet took an early lead in the race and the first turn looked to be the only time that the visiting gig closed the gap slightly, before a tricky home leg back down towards the finish line.


The Exmouth Gig finished 40 seconds ahead of the visitors, but the Burnham on Sea crew were delighted to get their first taste of competitive gig racing.


A second shorter sprint race saw Exmouth beating Burnham by only two boat lengths, as they found their stride in the tricky cross swell. Gig racing events often include a mixed crew of men and ladies and this was no exception.


Exmouth Gig Club now prepare for the Isles of Scilly Gig Championships on April 29.

Story courtesy of Steve Birley.