Exmouth pilot gig club entered teams in all 7 races at the recent Sidmouth gig regatta on Sunday 18th September, with their largest turnout of the season (24). On a glorious day, with light winds and a calm sea, Exmouth competed (in their gig ‘Rodney Bey’) against eight other, relatively local clubs including Bridport, Lyme Regis, Portland, Teignmouth and Weymouth, at the annual event.
With lots of people enjoying the spectacle from the promenade, the Men’s ‘A’ team were first to complete the triangular, 3k course along the seafront. A strong start from the end of the eastern breakwater saw the team battling hard in the middle of the pack at the first buoyed turn. After the second turn, which brought the boats back along the seafront, Exmouth had slipped to last place. However, a spirited response saw the Exmouth crew edge in front of ‘Keith Owen’ (Sidmouth) by just 5 secs at the finish.
Both of the next Exmouth crews (Ladies ‘A’ & Men’s ‘B’) rowed well throughout their respective races. Although finishing last, they both recorded good times and were not far behind, with the Men’s ‘B’ team finishing just 9secs behind Sidmouth.
Next up were the Ladies ‘B’ team who included Jannie Cherry in her first ever regatta (well done Jannie). The crew rowed hard for the whole race and although having enjoyed the experience were beaten by the other, more experienced teams. Both the Men’s and Ladies Supervet’s teams (over 50) also competed well in their respective races. The Men’s team were disadvantaged by a broken ‘thole’ pin (which holds the oar in place) of one of their rowers right at the start of their race but were only beaten for last place by 2 boat lengths by Sidmouth.
In the last race, the mixed crew went one better and beat their local rivals, Sidmouth, after another very competitive race. Congratulations to all the rowers ( and coxes) and to Sidmouth Gig Club for organising another well run regatta.