Bridport gig rowing club put in a strong performance at Sidmouth’s regatta on Sunday 30th August, consistently being placed in top three boats to finish in second place. The day began with some rain, although the sea conditions were good. The first race was the ladies A, in which the Bridport ladies finished 2nd in Dagger, racing over a kite shaped course with two stroke side turns with a sprint to the finish line. Bridport entered two ladies B teams, who came 3rd and 7th. After the ladies races the rain stopped and the visibility improved over the rest of the day. The men’s A had a very strong start to their race, cox Jason Matthews pushed the crew on the first leg, battling with boats next to them. They pulled away around the first turn and couldn’t be caught up for the rest of the race, winning with a time of 11 minutes 31 seconds – the fastest time of the day.
The men’s B crew secured 4th place, which comprised of some new and experienced rowers. Bridport also entered two crews for the ladies vets, the crew rowing in ‘Dagger’ finished 2nd, with the ‘Blaez’ crew finishing 5th. The men’s vets in came 3rd and 7th and both mixed crews had battles to secure 2nd and 7th.
By the end of the racing, Bridport were second overall, behind Weymouth, with Lyme Regis in 3rd. The other clubs that competed were Exmouth, Langstone, Teignmouth and the host club Sidmouth. Bridport gig club would like to thank Sidmouth for putting on a well organised and enjoyable regatta and look forward to next year.
Bridport gig clubs next event is the Newquay County championships, which are over two weekends, one for the men’s crews and one for the ladies. The ladies is the weekend of the 5th and 6th September and the men’s is two weeks after. This is a huge event for all gig clubs across the south west.
Bridport are entering an A and a B crew and hope to improve on last years results. Squads race in boats drawn out of a hat, and race against the clock to earn places in the next round.
If you would like to try rowing, or want to know any more about the club, please contact the secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.bridportgigclub.org