Pilot gig clubs unite for county championships

PUBLISHED: 09:57 21 June 2018

Portishead Pilot Gig.

Portishead Pilot Gig.


Pilot gig clubs from across Somerset joined together to compete in the Tribute County Championships in Caradon.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club and other Somerset clubs came together for the first Tribute County Championships in Caradon.

The weekend brought the spirit of competitiveness to the first regatta of the championships, as well as the mixed championships, hosted by Caradon.

The day started of with all clubs submitting mixed crews and racing around the three bouy, kite-shaped circuit in perfect weather conditions.

Portishead’s mixed, vets and open crews enjoyed getting out on the water and the mixed open crew did exceptionally well, finishing in third position, out of six.

Rounds consisted of different categories, starting with a qualifying round all the way up into the finals. This took up most of the day and followed on with the county event. This was a chance for the local clubs in their area to get together and race as one.

The Portishead club had some good mixed races and joined up with Clevedon and Burnham to race together representing the county of Somerset.

County placings for Somerset were as follows - ladies’ vets: third; men’s vets: fourth; ladies’ open: fourth; men’s open: fourth.

The weekend of racing did not end there and Portishead and Clevedon, along with lots of other clubs headed on from Plymouth down to Salcombe for their local regatta.

The ladies’ B team from Portishead had a great race, placing mid-pack, ninth out of 15 boats.

Clevedon entered two open crews and one vets’ crew. The teams raced hard with one of the open crews getting through to the quarter-finals and the vets getting through to the semi-finals.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club would like to thank Salcombe for their invitation to attend the regatta and also Britannia Royal Naval College for the use of their gig Bacchante.

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