Lyme Regis Gig Crews excell at Swanage Regatta

The Lyme Regis Gig Club men's B winning crew (left to right) Tony Ford, Elliot Dale, Chris Bailey, H

The Lyme Regis Gig Club men's B winning crew (left to right) Tony Ford, Elliot Dale, Chris Bailey, Henry Barlow (cox), Toby Newson, Neil Spurdle, Nick Bale. - Credit: Archant

Lyme Regis Gig Club (LRGC) took part in the Swanage Gig Racing.

The Lyme Regis men's C gig crew (left to right); Tony Short, Marcus Dixon, Toby Newson (cox), David

The Lyme Regis men's C gig crew (left to right); Tony Short, Marcus Dixon, Toby Newson (cox), David Clayton, Jeff Legg. - Credit: Archant

First away were the crews in the ladies’ and me mixed category. The sprint to the first marker was the easiest of the four sections as they were with the wind. As each turn was negotiated, the pace became harder to maintain, for as they progressed around the course, they were gradually heading into the wind, making the final leg more of a challenge.

For the mixed event, Lyme made a good start and maintained a midfield position among some strong opposition, eventually posting a very credible seventh position from 13 crews.

Next out were the ladies’ vets and, once again, 13 crews set off, all making a dash for the first marker. The Lyme crew finished sixth to add more points to the clubs overall standing for the day.

The next race was the men’s vets and the Lyme crew had a challenging start, but settled into the race and rowed `Black Ven` home in an impressive fourth.


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The Ladies B crews were the next category and they retained the consistency, settling in to around midfield to finish in eighth position.

Next out were the Lyme ladies A crew and they rowed into a ninth place finish.

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The men’s crew were next out and they served up an excellent result in the C category, working hard to take an early lead which was achieved and maintained all the way to the finish line to secure an outstanding first place finish.

Lyme B set off next and, after `locking of the horns` with the Weymouth crew on the first marker, Lyme pulled away and maintained their lead to secure their win.

Reduced A crew numbers meant there were two vacant seats in this boat. These were filled from two of the earlier LRGC Men’s B crew. At the first and second marker it was anyone’s race with the Lyme crew holding their own with the other leading teams. At the last marker and heading into the home straight, Swanage, Weymouth and Bridport crept away to cross the finishing line in this order with Lyme finishing fourth.

Overall the tally for the afternoon, from 13 crews, confirmed the Lyme Regis club as finishing in fifth position overall. A great result!

LRGC would like to take this opportunity to thank all at Swanage Sea Rowing Club for a very enjoyable and well run event and are very much looking forward to next year’s regatta.

The next meeting for the LRGC is this Sunday (June 21) when they are in action at Bridport (West Bay).

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