Sidmouth Gig Club crew tackle all-day row for an all-day Beer breakfast

Sidmouth Gig Club crews on their way back to Sidmouth after breakfasting at Beer

Sidmouth Gig Club crews on their way back to Sidmouth after breakfasting at Beer - Credit: Archant

Last Sunday saw an intrepid group of rowers from Sidmouth Gig Club take part in a first for the club in a highly entertaining Breakfast in Beer row, writes Jeremy Cloke.

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Two crews set off in superb sunny weather from Sidmouth in Little Picket (back recently from the Scillies) and Alma, our GRP boat.

The first aim was to get to Branscombe beach where crews were changed and the new teams rowed on to the breakfast destination at Duckey’s café on the beach at Beer.

With a sheer shingle ridge and deep water at Beer the two gigs were moored off and crews were treated to a short ride to the beach on board one of the Beer pleasure boats. A dry landing unheard of!

Over 30 rowers and supporters tucked in to their breakfasts, but eventually it was time to return via the pleasure boat (now much lower in the water) for the crews starting the return trip to Sidmouth without changing.

Sidmouth Gig Club crews and supporters enjoying breakfast at Beer

Sidmouth Gig Club crews and supporters enjoying breakfast at Beer - Credit: Archant


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The mist decided to set in on the return trip, but both crews were back at Sidmouth by 1.30pm.

Thanks were expressed to Megan Rodgers for organising such a successful social morning.

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This is one of several social rows planned for this summer to involve as many club members as possible; others planned include a Barbecue at Budleigh and a longer row to Turf Lock for lunch.

As the competitive season hots up, next Saturday the club is competing at Weymouth Regatta in the Jurassic League, where breakfasts will definitely have to be slightly more ‘conservative!’

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth

Sidmouth Gig Club crews passing collapsing cliffs as rowers leave Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

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