Clevedon attend final regatta of the season

PUBLISHED: 11:29 22 August 2017

Clevedon Pilot  Gig.

Clevedon Pilot Gig.

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Clevedon Pilot Gig Club took part in the final regatta of the season at Lyme Regis.

The final regatta of the summer season took Clevedon Pilot Gig Club to Lyme Regis.

A near 50-strong contingent of Clevedon rowers headed south and were joined by 18 other clubs from across the South West.

The course was the familiar kite shape with three buoy turns, starting and finishing just off the end of the harbour. Conditions were generally good, with a moderate breeze and enough swell for a little fun on the water.

Clevedon entered crews into eight of the 10 races which typically lasted around 15 minutes each. The Under-16s brought the first good Clevedon result of the day finishing fifth, followed by the Ladies A and B crews, who finished seventh in their respective races.

Conditions grew tougher as the afternoon went on and both the Men’s A and C crews battled hard to secure 10th spot in their categories.

However, the undoubted highlight of the day was the Clevedon Ladies crew which came sixth in the C race. The crew of six included two rowers who were attending their first ever regatta.

They are recent graduates of the club’s beginners programme which runs periodically and had the exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of pilot gig racing first hand. They and their crewmates raced hard to finish ahead of crews from Langstone, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth.

Of 18 clubs overall, Clevedon finished the day in 11th place.

For more information about the club and the sport, please visit www.clevedonpilotgigclub.co.uk

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