Gig club members compete in Bermuda

Members of Lyme Regis Gig Club enjoyed a visit to their twin club in Bermuda
Lyme Regis Gig Club’s ladies team take part in the Bermudian regatta

MEMBERS of Lyme Regis Gig Club travelled to Bermuda to compete against their twin club. 

Lyme Regis and Bermuda gig clubs officially twinned earlier this year, building on the well-established twinning links between the towns of Lyme Regis and St George’s, in Bermuda.

Last Saturday, a team from Lyme Regis raced for the cup in Bermuda Pilot Gig Club’s West End Regatta on Boaz Island, one of the six main islands in the west of the country.

The regatta saw four Bermudian teams competing in four events against a Lyme Regis crew of 10, joined by four rowers from London Cornish Pilot Gig Club and three from the recently launched Newhaven Gig Rowing Club.

The conditions for the event were near perfect with azure sea and blue sky, warm wind and bright sunshine.

The competition included a 40-minute straight line race to pick up and return with a ‘survivor’ from the sandy beach of a nearby island, a tow the tyre race, a reversing race and the fastest gig to do two 360 degree turns.

The Lyme Regis crew came an honourable fifth, winning a bag of delicious Bermudian fudge. 

Marcus Dixon, chairman of Lyme Regis Gig Club, said: “Bermuda Pilot Gig Club were fantastic hosts and provided rowing expeditions that included visiting the site offshore where the former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Admiral Sir George Somers, ran ashore his flagship, the Sea Venture, on the coral reef in 1609, and a tour of the town of St George, twinned with Lyme Regis.

“We also enjoyed a row around the Great Sound from Boaz Island to Darrell’s Island, where many of the English crew were staying in a Bermudian Government hostel.”

Bermuda Pilot Gig Club are hosting their International Regatta in October 2020 when Lyme Regis Gig Club are looking to enter more teams and hope to win the prestigious Bermuda Gig Cup.

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