The weather was glorious and the sea calm for our fifth regatta of the season at Lyme Regis on Saturday 8th August. We arrived at the harbour in good time, from where Rodney Bey was rowed round to the awaiting pontoon and prepared for racing against the thirteen other clubs involved.
The first Exmouth race was the Ladies’ C in which we were able to field a full Exmouth crew, with one rower competing for her first time. After a great start, the team rowed hard and although ending up last, they were close behind Langstone.
The next race was the Men’s B and we got away to another good start. This keenly fought race provided us with probably the best result for the day where we managed to beat five others! The combined Exmouth and Ilfracombe crew and supporters were delighted.
Being a young Club, we occasionally find ourselves short of rowers in some racing categories and one such was the Ladies’ Vet’s (aged 40+). In order to compete, we borrowed some rowers from Clevedon and Ilfracombe for the race. The ladies rowed gamely for a scratch crew and, despite finishing last, they were not so far behind Clevedon.
The Men’s Vet’s race which followed, was another competitive one. With a combined crew from Exmouth and Poole, we rowed long and hard and just ahead of Clevedon to the first buoy. Here we gained the advantage over them with a great turn and thereafter watched their yellow boat fade into the distance. On the home leg, we raced strongly to try to catch Sidmouth, and managed to finish just over a length behind them!
Our final race, the Mixed, turned out to be the most satisfying. It was an all Exmouth crew, made up from volunteers rowing for the second and third times. The exciting, but tiring race, on a very hot afternoon was rewarded by Exmouth finishing ahead of both Bridport and Torridge. It was an encouraging end to what had been a very enjoyable day for everyone involved.
It was a busy day too, for our gig the Rodney Bey, as she was loaned to both the Clevedon and Poole Gig Clubs for races in which we were not involved. This proved to be great public relations exercise and we have made many new friends for the Club as a result.
We are always looking for new members to join us in enjoying this great sport. If you would like to have a go, then please contact us or pop along and see us on the beach!