Lyme gig club competes in world championships

LYME Regis Gig Club’s competitive crews returned from the Pilot Gig Rowing World Championships with good results, having fought it out with the sports leading clubs.  

More than 150 gigss came from all over the world to compete at the annual Championships on the Isles of Scilly. The traditional event saw crews come from as far as the USA, Bermuda and Holland, but mainly from the South West of England. Lyme Regis entered 14 crews, seven men’s crews and seven ladies crews.

The ladies supervets kicked off the weekend on Friday evening with two crews. Competing in the long race from St Agnes to St Mary’s, Black Ven came 13th and Rebel came 25th out of the 35 crews competing. The ladies veterans were in a tough race, but they managed to come 26th out of 44 crews racing.

Saturday morning saw the ladies competing in the first of their 4 races with all the women’s crews starting at the same time. This race would decide which group they would go into next round. One-hundred-and-fifty-two crews came to the start line, with Lyme having four of these, they did very well and went through to the next round.

Sunday saw the rowers woken to see thick mist coming in from the Atlantic, which meant round three was cancelled. Fortunately, the visibility cleared, and the final was on.

Lyme Ladies A were in Group F and came 67th in Tempest, in Black Ven the B crew were in Group G and finished 63rd.  The ladies C crew finished 117th in Rebel. The ladies D crew borrowed a gig from the Isles of Scilly’s known locally as the yellow submarine, managed to win Group M, which meant it was great to see Lyme lift the group trophy on the podium.

As for the men’s results, the Friday late evening saw Lyme’s crews come an amazing 4th in the supervets and their other crew coming 21st out of the 33 crews. The men’s Veterans also did incredibly well, coming 4th as well their best result ever.

Saturday saw 158 gigs lined up for the men’s long race one of the most spectacular events in Gig Rowing. The men sent out 4 crews, a vet’s crew, a supervets crew, a D crew and a new development crew of younger rowers who for most of them had never rowed in the World Championships before.

All Lyme’s men’s crews got into good groups for the next round. After the third round was cancelled the four crews raced their final race of the weekend.  The D crew, in group I came 106th in Sidmouth’s boat Keith Owen. The supervets crew came 39th in Black Ven. The Development Crew did a brilliant job, coming 30th. The Men’s Vets managed to beat the development crew coming 23rd in Tempest.

Lyme Regis got some fantastic results this year, for their 9th year entering the competition. Lyme are going into the rest of the season to race in the South West and are hoping to win lots of regattas.

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