Early rain, brightening up later, that was the forecast for the Salcombe regatta when the club’s race gig “Rodney Bey” and almost half of the membership descended on the town to take part in their annual regatta.
Everyone was keen and enthusiastic, taking to the water in “Rodney Bey” to participate in the Ladies B, Men’s B, Ladies veterans and Men’s super veterans races as the sun started to break through last Sunday (May 31st).
Since, the World Championships, the club has been back in training and has been eagerly awaiting another chance to line up at the start amongst other local clubs.
All the crews worked extremely hard. The start for the both the ladies veterans and the men’s super veterans were especially close with much jostling for position by all the coxswains.
Due to last minute illness the ladies veterans crew had some last minute changes which caused them to drop slightly behind at the start, despite their best efforts they were unable to regain the ground on the other crews.
The Men’s super veterans had an excellent start and had a close fought battle for much of the first leg of the race, eventually loosing out to the other crews and crossing the line a few lengths down.
We were the last to take to the water for the Ladies B race. The race officials, keen to keep the programme running to time, commenced the start sequence with “Rodney Bey” still some way off which resulted in us crossing the start line some way behind the pack, the crew worked extremely hard but were unable to recover, however they crossed the line with arguably the biggest cheer of the afternoon!
The Men’s B team were up against 16 other gigs. Space was tight at the start and they got underway slightly behind the pack. They had a good run down to the first buoy turn and had already passed 3 gigs, including Sidmouth. The remainder of the race was a very close run thing. There was some swell in the mouth of the estuary which saw one gig surf past us leaving us neck and neck with Sidmouth for the home straight. The crew dug deep and were able to stay ahead, finishing 15th of 17 and ahead of Sidmouth.
Club Vice Chairman, Mark (Max) Champion commented, “We had a fabulous day and the turnout from the members was excellent. We know that we carry a disadvantage into competitive racing as our equipment is some of the oldest and heaviest on the circuit but that does not deter or crews and they all gave 100%. We are gaining experience at each event we attend and have come away as keen as ever to keep the club moving forwards, helped I suspect a bit by a small victory over our Sidmouth!”.