By Chris Bailey
The Lyme Regis Gig Club Men’s Supervets crew are continuing their good form this year.
With the exception of one very close second position in the early stages of this seaso’s racing calender, they have collected first placed silverware at all of the subsequent regattas. Those being Swanage, Bridport, Cattewater, Salcombe, Rame and Brixham. Perhaps the more notable results were at the recent Rame and Brixham events. At Rame they managed to forge ahead in the first leg, chased only by Caradon. A club who have previously picked up the highest accolade in the sport by winning the World Championships on numerous occasions. Lyme managed to hold their nerve and stayed ahead to win by 2 seconds.
At Brixham it was a similar format with the hosts taking an early lead and Lyme chasing them to the first mark. Through the middle section and into the final straight, Brixham held position but approaching the finish line with around 500 mtrs to go, Lyme maintained a strong and disciplined stroke to gradually diminish Brixham`s lead. With 100 metres to go, Lyme drew on all of their resources and forged ahead to take victory. They have established themselves as the most successful racing crew in the club’s history, after completing last season undefeated. This bears testament to their commitment to on and off water training.
Of particular interest at the recent Brixham event was the inclusion of Lym’s Me’s C crew. A crew assembled only days before the weekend that included two young members who had never raced before and who have only started rowing this summer, – Felix Ransford and Tom Gillespie.
Coxed by Pete Mowatt, they were away from the start line and quickly established themselves as leaders before the first mark, stretching out a commanding lead after the second mark they finished around 10 boat lengths ahead of the second placed boat.
Tom and Felix are among a number of keen young members of Lym’ss newly- formed development crews who are training and competing in set crews where possible and are proving themselves to be worthy competitors.
Lym’ss Men`s Vets are also enjoying success, recently winning the National Vets championships. A great achievement. There also have been some very commendable results delivered by all of the Ladies’ categories and also our very talented youth crews, with a second place finish at the recent junior event in Hayle.
Like the men, the Ladies’ section have also now formed development crews from a number of promising young ladies, also training together to establish themselves as future contenders.
The Lyme club would like to take this opportunity to thank all of their supporters and sponsors.