Results for Appledore’s Two Bridges Race

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Two Bridges Gig Race – Saturday 4th June 2016

There was fantastic support for Appledore’s  annual Two Bridges race as both locals and holiday makers cheered the gig boats along the quayside. The event consists of a 9 mile row from Bideford New Bridge to Barnstaple New Bridge for the men, with the Ladies’ crews rowing the return 7 miles from Barnstaple back to the quay in Appledore. Superb conditions in the river meant there were no issues with wind or waves, allowing teams to put everything into power and technique for the entire course. Coxes skilfully manoeuvred the boats to take advantage of the best tidal currents in the Torridge, crossing the estuary where the two rivers meet and navigating the Taw.

This year it was Appledore’s turn to dominate this local derby. The Appledore Mens A crew took 1st place in Verbena with Torridge in 2nd place in Will to Win and  Bude in 3rd place in Bedehaven.
In the Ladies race Appledore  A crew were winners in Whitford with Appledore Ladies B crew not far behind in Verbena,  Barnstaple took 3rd place in Nipper.
Participating Clubs: Appledore (Whitford, Verbena), Barnstaple (Lady Freda, Nipper), Bude (Bedehaven), Clovelly (Christine H), Torridge (Will to Win).
Mens Winning Crew –  Appledore A: Nick Bryant, Rob Lea, Will Knowles, Rob Ovenell, Steve Price, Jeremy Beer, Cox Linda Stella.
Ladies Winning Crew – Appledore A: Yvette Parkin, Zoe Sims, Sarah Thomas, Carol Norman, Emily Lea, Lucy Routley, Cox Mark Thomason.
Look out for the next local regattas at Ilfracombe on Saturday 18th June and Appledore on Sunday 26th June.
Photos from Barnstaple Gig club. Courtesy of Mike Matthews.
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