Sidmouth Gig Regatta is a roaring success

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 July 2014 | UPDATED: 11:16 17 July 2014

Sidmouth gig racing club held an invitation regatta on Sunday. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 2877-29-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Sidmouth gig racing club held an invitation regatta on Sunday. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 2877-29-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Archant

Sidmouth Gig Racing Club hosted its second annual regatta on Sunday with perfect weather making the day a ‘great success’ for both rowers and spectators, writes Callum Lawton.

Sidmouth gig racing club held an invitation regatta on Sunday. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 2886-29-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24 Sidmouth gig racing club held an invitation regatta on Sunday. Photo by Terry Ife. Ref shsp 2886-29-14TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Six clubs joined Sidmouth to participate in the event, with Weymouth bringing along two gigs to add further to the spectacle.

The racing started at 12.30pm with ladies’ A crews going first, but it was Weymouth’s day as it took the top spot - and ended up winning all of the races to clinch the trophy.

The most thrilling race for Sidmouth was the final event of the day, with a mixed crew battling for third place the entire way round the course.

Weymouth took the first and second spots but Sidmouth held Bridport off to finish in a splendid third place.

Rower Charis Buckingham said: “All in all it was a fantastic day made possible through the help and support of our members and local people.

Buckingham continued: “We would like to thank everyone who got involved from fellow gig crews, the good folk who turned out to support and of course the many sponsors who did us proud. We must also say a big thank you to the Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club for all their help.”

The conditions for the Regatta were ideal, with sunshine and mostly calm waters making the day a great success for both the rowers and spectators.

Six clubs joined Sidmouth to participate in the event, they included: Bridport, Exmouth, Lyme Regis, Teignmouth, Swanage and Weymouth.

Weymouth brought two gigs with them and proved to be the dominant force throughout the day, but there were some close races with lots of excitement for both the rowers and spectators.

After the ladies’ A race it was the ladies’ B, followed by the men’s A and B races. It was then the turn of the veterans and Sidmouth held out for sixth place in both the men’s and ladies’ races.

The most thrilling race for locals was that final one of the day when a mixed Sidmouth crew battled for third place the entire way round the course!

All-conquering Weymouth eased their way home into the first two places, but a big roar went up as the Sidmouth gig held Bridport off to land third place.

All in all it was a fantastic day made possible through the help and support of Gig club members and local people.

Sidmouth Gig club would like to thank the local businesses for donating raffle prizes, Haymans Butchers, Vinnicombes Bakers and Confectioners, Ian Winchester and Sons and Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club for all their help. Photos from the event can be views at the club website https://sites.google.com/site/sidmouthgig/home.

Anyone interested in joining the Sidmouth Gig Club can simply pop along to the club’s Friday night sessions at 6pm for a trial row.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

09:52

East Devon’s new community cricket coach Sophie Whitlock, has wasted no time getting to work in her new patch, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
07:08

After winning the toss, Watkins opted to bat first and he and Anthony Cox opened, adding 21 before Cox became the first wicket to fall.

Read more
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sidmouth lost a Tolchards Devon League Premier Division game for the third time in four outings when thrashed by eight wickets at Exeter.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

The 12th staging of the Umborne Ug, a 10k race, organised by Rick and Eleanor Wood, takes place on June 3 with a 6pm start from Umborne Hall (EX13 7QL).

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

It’s the big weekend of rugby and football in London for Exeter Chiefs on Saturday and Exeter City on Sunday.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

Sidmouth chairman Fionn Wardrop has been reflecting the past week at the Fortfield Club.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

Kerry Boyle chose the Exeter Marathon for her first attempt at this distance with a sub 3:50:00 as her target time, writes Terry Bewes.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

Sidmouth seniors overturned a huge first leg deficit to ultimately share the two-legged spoils with Taunton and Pickeridge with the final score being 6-all, writes Hugh Dorliac.

Read more
Friday, May 26, 2017

Sidmouth Town suffered cup final heartbreak as they went down in a penalty shoot-out in the Morrison Bell Cup final at Ottery St Mary on Wednesday night.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications