Report from Jason Nickels:
Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club’s gig rowing regatta took place a month earlier than is traditional this year, on 31st May. But the un-crowded estuary allowed them to welcome a record 20 clubs to compete in the 11 races. With 400 or so rowers in attendance, Cliff House Gardens was packed, and the weather was much better than predicted and provided perfect racing conditions, not too hot, not too cold, and with a slight swell around Blackstone to make things interesting.
All the races started and finished at the yacht club line and raced out around 3 marks in the estuary mouth and crews take between 15 and 18 minutes to complete the course.
Salcombe faired very well, with most of the 13 crews competing finishing in the top 3, which in a field of 20 is a very good record indeed, and especially amongst the high standard of rowing found in the ladies’ and men’s A races,Salcombe finished 3rd in both. In terms of points scored, Salcombe only missed out to Caradon in the number of points accrued. Caradon, from Saltash, are always a force to be reckoned with and tend to sweep up medals wherever they go.
Regatta day is a fantastic spectacle, and one of the best on the gig racing circuit for spectators, with the start, most of the race, and the finish all visible from the elevated viewpoint of Cliff House Gardens. Around 50 ofSalcombe’s 130 or so membership took part in at least one race, with races for ladies, men, under 16s, under 14s, ladies’ and men’s veterans, and super-veterans there was good competition for everyone.
Photos at top and below from Steven Marshall