Supervets’ success in the plate final

PUBLISHED: 14:41 22 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 22 July 2015

Clevedon Gig Club’s supervets team lifted the plate final for the fourth time.

Clevedon Gig Club rowers made their mark at one of the most popular regattas of the season, the Caradon mixed and veterans’ event, held under the Tamar Bridge at Saltash.

The first day of the regatta is dedicated to mixed crews, comprising three male and three female rowers, and the second to the veterans and super veterans, racing around a course of about two miles.

First out were the three super vets (over 50s) crews, all of whom made a bid for a place in the semi-finals, with the A crew getting through and finishing fifth. Super vets B and C both competed in the plate final finishing second and third respectively.

The veterans (over 40s) put in a fantastic performance in the heats, fighting to earn a place in the semi-finals where they finished sixth overall.

The open crew (no age restriction) had a tough start, but rowed extremely well finishing fourth in their heat which took them into the plate semi-finals, where they finished second to Salcombe.

The two junior crews were slightly surprised to find that they were rowing the full adult course, but performed brilliantly with the A crew finishing sixth overall behind some of the best clubs on the circuit.

The Bs got to the plate final and also finished sixth. These youngsters are cutting their teeth in some tough waters and are certainly ones to watch for the future.

The conditions deteriorated for the veterans’ regatta the following day, with typical Cornish mizzle during much of the day.

Unfortunately, two late, but unavoidable withdrawals, meant the ladies’ veterans crew was depleted, but captain Jackie Fisher was the first to come to the rescue followed by numerous other volunteers who, as well as allowing the row to go ahead. The veterans and friends put in a solid row finishing fifth overall.

The men’s veterans had a storming row coming second in their heat and earning a place in the semi-final, beating local rivals Bristol along the way. Sadly, they missed out on the final as they were pipped to the post, coming in third. A great result nevertheless.

As ever, the ladies’ super veterans brought their A game and were delighted to achieve their best results ever finishing fifth in the final.

Having finished fourth in their first race, the men’s supervets faced strong competition in the plate final, but went on to win it. This is the fourth time they have won in this category and the club is delighted to have the trophy back in their cabinet.

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