Sidmouth Gig Club complete gruelling race on the Tamar.

The Sidmouth ladies crew head off in Keith Owen for their race – more than an hour of rowing against

The Sidmouth ladies crew head off in Keith Owen for their race – more than an hour of rowing against wind and tide. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Gig Club’s Mens and Ladies crews took part in the Three Rivers race run by the Caradon Pilot Gig Club at Saltash.

Sidmouth Gig Club’s Mens and Ladies crews took part in the Three Rivers race run by the Caradon Pilot Gig Club at Saltash.

This is the longest and most gruelling race in the calendar; a six-mile figure-of-eight course up and down the Tamar.

The day was cold and a strong breeze blew downstream, but the sun bathed the dramatic setting below the two famous bridges.

Both Sidmouth crews rowed the club’s race-standard boat, Keith Owen, taking over an hour to complete the course, and finished a long way down the field, but the initial goal had simply been to compete and to enjoy the experience - therefore it was very much a case of ‘mission accomplished’.


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Many of the Sidmouth crew members will be at the World Championships in the Scillies at the end of April. Having the Three Rivers race under their belts means that they can now all head off to the big meeting in April with confidence.

Sidmouth Gig Club rows on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Sunday mornings, throughout the summer months.

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New members are always made very welcome. There’s a lively social side to the club and there are plenty of opportunities for those who are keen to do pleasure or competitive rowing. Experience is not necessary.

People interested in joining and indeed finding out more, can call Colin Bartlett on 01395 516532 or use a search engine for ‘Sidmouth Gig Club’.

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