Lyme Regis Gig Club launched two new boats on Sunday to accommodate its growing membership.
A large crowd gathered on the slipway at The Cobb on the August Bank Holiday Sunday for the launch of sea skiff Storm Force and Cornish pilot gig Prospero.
Club chairman Marcus Dixon gave a brief background to the club, now in its ninth year, and the two new boats, and thanked all those who had contributed towards them.
The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Owen Lovell, then officially named the boats and poured champagne over the bow of each, after which the Reverend Keith Vivian blessed them before they were launched into the harbour for the first time.
A crew of six rowers and cox Kerry Maguire took Prospero for its inaugural outing around Lyme Bay in convoy with sister gigs Rebel and Black Ven.
Prospero, the club’s fifth gig, was built from fibreglass by Fusion GRP Pilot Gigs with backing from Lyme Regis Town Council, which also enabled the purchase of a new set of gig oars.
Fibreglass skiff Storm Force, which will be used to teach families and young people how to row, was made possible by the support of The Montagu Lodge No 665, Candles on the Cobb and Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival.