Sidmouth gig crew make most of their Scillies Gig Racing experience

07:18 16 May 2014

The Sidmouth gig crew aboard the Keith Owen at the Scillies 25 year celebration meeting

The Sidmouth gig crew aboard the Keith Owen at the Scillies 25 year celebration meeting

Archant

The Sidmouth gig crew thoroughly enjoyed their involvement in the Scillies Gig Racing event and that helped drive thoughts towards the Sidmouth Gig Regatta which is being held in the Town on July 13.

The club’s Lois Kelly says: “The Scillies was the pinnacle event for us this year. To be able to join in the 25th year celebrations of the Scilly Islands Gig Championships, which were superbly, was something I shall remember for a long time. Lining up at St

Agnes with around 90 beautifully crafted, brightly coloured gigs each with a team of six rowers and a cox, was something to behold.”

The race took the gig crews across to St Mary’s and the Sidmouth crew. On board ‘Keith Owen’ were one of 15 of the 90 competing teams to have women aged over 50 amongst the crew and the Sidmouth boat did exceptionally well to finish seventh. The club’s veteran’s crew (that for the age of 40 and above) finished 23 out of the 46 racing in their category.

Lois Kelly continues: “It is a marvellous sport which is always exciting when rowing on the open sea. It is wonderful to see the cliffs and shore from the boat. It helps you get fit and it is exciting to row competitively in regattas held up and down our coast. It is, I feel, the ultimate team sport because you absolutely have to rely on, and support your crew, but without doubt other gig clubs are unendingly friendly, supportive and the camaraderie arising from a non-professional sport cannot be surpassed. We lend each other crew members and boats and oars but come an actual race, the adrenalin flows and winning is the most important factor.”

The one aspect currently missing from the Sidmouth Gig Club crews is a contingent of younger members. Kelly says: “We are looking forward to new younger members joining because what we do lack is fit younger men and women to race.”

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

Tue, 15:56
Over the sticks

Will Biddick’s double at Bratton Down gave him his fifth winner in the last five days, and helped to elevate him into a narrow lead over Darren Edwards for the Devon & Cornwall title, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Tue, 10:13
Croquet action from Sidmouth

Sidmouth Croquet Club’s first match in the South West Federation Golf Croquet Level Play League saw them go down 13-7 to last year’s league winners East Dorset.

Read more
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Exeter Chris Richards Falcons who rode a second half meeting at Somerset on Friday 13th May. Riders numbers 1 Henry Atkins, 2 Craig Nethercott, 3 Stevie Anderson, 4 Saul Bulley with team managers Rob Doran (wearing glasses) and Alan Spencer.
Picture by Kim Wyllie. Ref exsp falcons

Exeter’s Falcons speedway fans are eagerly looking forward to another full blooded 15 heat National League when the ‘Chris Richards’ Falcons take on the Isle of Wight ‘ Whitelink’ Warriors at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena on Friday, May 27, commencing at 7.30pm, writes Tony Lethbridge.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sidmouth RFC secretary Terry O’Brien hands over a cheque for £470 in favour of Children's Hospice South West. Receiving the cheque is Mike Fanzo of Carling Technologies Ltd. The money was raised at the Sidmouth Rugby Club Charity Sevens held on Sunday, May 1. Also in the photo are Rhianne Thornewill and Emlyn Harris, who are taking part in the ride and have been the liaison with SRFC.

Sidmouth Rugby Club have handed over an exceptional amount of money following their charity sevens held earlier this month.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Bowls

As the summer season outdoors picks up speed, Sidmouth Bowling Club ladies had a very busy weekend playing in major competitions, writes Susie Bonnell.

Read more
Friday, May 20, 2016
Sidmouth indoor  bowls captain Ron Cook presenting Mrs Jill Bishop and  Ms Ann Elwood with the ladies pairs trophy.

Members of Sidmouth Indoor Bowling Club celebrated the end of season with a supper and prize presentation at the Blue Ball in Sidford, writes Ron Cook.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sidmouth Town booked a berth in the final of the Morrison Bell Cup after a 5-2 success against Upottery.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
golf generic picture

The away leg of the return match versus Honiton was played in dry and sunny conditions, writes Chris Grubb.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Harry Tincknell does an interview

Harry Tincknell extended his lead in the European Le Mans Series when, along with co-drivers Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde placed second in the 4 Hours of Imola.

Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Sidmouth running club at the Ottery 10K run. Ref shsp 20-16TI 0980. Picture: Terry Ife

The past weekend proved to b e a varied one for members of Sidmouth Running Club, writes Terry Bewes.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°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


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications