A course was set extending from in front of the Boat House bar on the river Torridge
following along parallel to Instow beach around into the mouth of the river Taw
where two buoy turns were made taking the course back into the river Torridge for a
final turn back towards Instow beach for the finish line.
Instow beach made a very good viewing platform for all of the races and refreshments
were served by able volunteers from both clubs.
A good time was had by all competitors and on lookers with some nail biting racing
Along with the two host clubs the regatta was attended by Appledore, Bideford,
Bridport, Bude and Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Clubs.
Results of the regatta were as follows:
Mens B – Torridge
Ladies B – Torridge
Mens A – Ilfracombe
Ladies A – Ilfracombe
Mens Vetrans – Ilfracombe
Ladies Vetrans – Ilfracombe
Juniors U14 – Bridport
Juniors U16 – Bridport
Mixed – Ilfracombe
2nd Torridge A & Appledore
4th Torridge B
6th Bude & Bideford
Jon Ellwood (Chairman of Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club) said “There have been many
months of planning, organisation and hard work by both clubs which have culminated
in a very successful day. I hope that the North Devon Taw & Torridge Regatta will go
on to be a popular event within the Gig racing calendar”
Thanks goes to all those that helped out with making the day a success. Special thanks
to the Christie Estate for the use of the beach, Instow cricket club for the use of their
bar and facilities and the Marine base for the use of the beach access road.