Sidmouth Gig Club crew enjoy Cornish trip

At the end of the day Sidmouth club members, aided by many visiting rowers, carry their boat, Keith

At the end of the day Sidmouth club members, aided by many visiting rowers, carry their boat, Keith Owen off the beach - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Gig Club sent a mixed crew of four men and two ladies to compete in the scenic Helford Head of the River Race.

This is a popular event with nearly 30 crews competing with the racing started in open sea and finishing at Gweek at the top of the Helford estuary.

Despite the cox’s efforts to keep morale high with shouts like, ‘This must be the last bend before the finish!’, the crew knew better, with the course taking approximately 45 minutes hard rowing to complete!

Competing alongside men’s crews, Sidmouth were pleases to come 19th in the overall results list.

Post racing the Sidmouth crew made a big impression with the Helford hosts being so impressed the Sidmouth dancing that they were offered free beer and cake from 10pm!


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The Sunday saw the group head over to Falmouth waterfront for some coaching by members of Falmouth Gig Club, who are currently world champions.

Gina Rodgers of Sidmouth Gig Club said: “Men’s and ladies crews were filmed, and a wide range of interesting technique changes were tried.

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“This was a really useful session which the club is going to share with all members at the Sailing Club in the next few weeks.

“We saw fantastic facilities for all types of water sports from canoeing to rowing and came away convinced that something similar in Sidmouth’s redevelopment of the Port Royal would be a real bonus.”

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