The annual fourteen mile row to Lundy took place last weekend, with a large increase in entrants on last year. Two teams each came from Torridge and Tamar/ Tavy together with teams from Salcombe, Rock, Illfracombe, Port Isaac and of course Clovelly.
All teams started off promptly at 7.30 in the morning to catch the early tide which we hoped would help us on our way. It didn’t fail us and all boats had reached the island by 10.30, which considering the long deep swells and broken seas was very good going. That left the rest of the day for all crews to explore the island, which is one of the few remaining wildernesses left around our coastline. As usual the Marisco provided a lively venue that evening with nearly everyone in the row there, and despite the long day few were eager to make an early night of it.
Next morning, after a wild rain lashed and stormy night, the wind had veered round to the west and was in just the place to push us back to Clovelly together with the incoming tide. All crews made it back in record time in under three hours, conveniently arriving at opening time for the Red Lion.
Rock gig club were also using the event to help raise awareness for breast cancer research. They entered a team largely made up of Ladies who had been affected by this disease and successfully raised a large sum of money.
Thanks must go to the Lundy Estate for allowing us to stay on the island and especially John Rous from the Clovelly club for organising the event.