Photo above, and report below, courtesy of Jane Fish showing the U14s setting off for their race.
Gigs entered from Boscastle, Lyme Regis, Bude, as well as 2 boats from Ilfracombe 2 from Appledore 1 boat from Barnstaple and 2 boats from the host club, making a field of 10 boats.
Torridges home regatta proved very popular with holiday makers and visitors who took a keen interest in the races. The weather conditions were perfect and even though it wasn’t a big tide Torridge managed to fit all the races in before the sandbanks emerged.
Gig racing is such an inclusive sport that 2 gig rowing couples from Weymouth and Exmouth arrived on spec and were rewarded with 11 rows between them. On the subject of inclusivness Torridge had 3 lady rowers competing who are 70, 73 and 74 years of age.
The participating club’s efficient quick turnarounds remarkably enabled all 12 races to take place with many rowers racing 3 or 4 times.
The overall winner’s trophy went to Ilfracombe in Rapparee. Torridge’s collision at the buoy and subsequent disqualification cost them a 10 point penalty which saw Torridge’s Kerens knocked off the top spot into 2nd place overall with Barnstaple 3rd and Appledore’s Verbena finishing 4th.