LYME Regis and Bermuda gig clubs have officially twinned, furthering links across the Atlantic Ocean.
The town of Lyme Regis has been twinned with St George’s in Bermuda since 1996 to honour historic connections forged by Admiral Sir George Somers in the 1600s.
A former Mayor of Lyme Regis and local MP, Sir George went on to found Bermuda in the name of King James I after being shipwrecked off the islands on the way to help the beleaguered settlers of the new English colony, Jamestown, in Virginia.
A party from Lyme Regis visits St George’s every April and a reciprocal visit is made to Lyme every July. And now further friendships are spanning across the Atlantic Ocean, as Lyme Regis and Bermuda gig clubs have officially twinned.
Members of Bermuda Pilot Gig Club visited last week for Lyme Regis Gig Club’s annual regatta, which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to stormy weather conditions. But the poor weather was perhaps appropriate for the official twinning, as it was a great storm that brought these two communities together when Sir George was shipwrecked in 1609.
A reception was held at Lyme Regis Sailing Club on Sunday evening, where declarations officially twinning the two clubs were signed and gifts were exchanged between members.
Marcus Dixon, chairman of Lyme Regis Gig Club, said it had been a dream of his to forge links with Bermuda since the club was set up in 2007 and he looked forward to building friendships between members during future visits.
John Dover, chairman of the Lyme Regis/St George’s Twinning Association, gave those attending some historical background to the links between Lyme and Bermuda, and the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, also attended and spoke about the important connections between the two communities.
Despite being unable to go out on the water over the weekend, members of Bermuda Pilot Gig Club commented on how much they had enjoyed their visit to Lyme Regis, which they described as “the place where Bermuda began”.
A party from Lyme Regis is now planning to visit Bermuda for their regatta in October.