Report from the race from Hazel Waters:
After two weeks of cancelled Cornish regattas due to poor sea conditions, the gig rowers of North Devon were eager to get out on the water. The annual ‘Two Bridges’ event between Bideford and Barnstaple new bridges on Saturday gave the local clubs the opportunity to use up their excess energy.
The race consists of a 12 km row from Bideford to Barnstaple for the men, with the Ladies’ crews rowing the return 10 km from Barnstaple back to the quay in Appledore. With light rain falling and a humid, windless atmosphere, the prospect of rowing the long distance presented as much a mental battle as a physical one. Rowing against the tide and river flows in the Torridge and Taw was also a challenge for the coxes, who had to keep their crews motivated when they seemed to be making little headway against the strong currents.
Once again it was Appledore’s turn to dominate this local derby. The Appledore Men’s A crew took 1st place in Verbena, with Torridge in 2nd place in Will to Win.
In the Ladies’ race Appledore A crew were winners in Whitford, with Ilfracombe in 2nd place in Rapparee.
Participating Clubs: Appledore (Whitford, Verbena), Barnstaple (Lady Freda, Nipper), Ilfracombe (Rapparee), Torridge (Will to Win).
Mens Winning Crew – Appledore A: Will Knowles, Rob Ovenell, Steve Price, Guy Cooke, Leigh Marquardt, Chris Byrom. Cox Linda Stella.
Ladies Winning Crew – Appledore A: Zoe Green, Yvette Parkin, Zoe Sims, Sarah Thomas, Emily Lea, Lucy Chapman. Cox Mark Thomason.
Look out for the next local regattas at Ilfracombe on Saturday 17th June and Appledore on Saturday 1st July.
Photo above pictures the Ladies A Winners.