The predicted storms never materialised and the weather and sea conditions were perfect for Clevedon. We fielded a crew in every category against some well prepared and competitive teams.
Clevedon continued their winning form last weekend making it 4 trophies out of the last 3 events with more wins at Appledore's regatta at the head of the Torridge River.
It was clear from the attendance and initial results that other clubs had come well prepared and we were in the mix with the usual suspects in the first races (Ilfracombe, Torridge and the home crews).
The weather forecast for the day was unpredictable, a large Clevedon contingent drove through torrential rain, only to arrive to sunny skies in Teignmouth.
Clevedon entered 9 races, the course was triangular with three bouys to navigate round at the far end of the course, before turning back and heading to the finish line.
There was a large turn out for the regatta with up to 14 gigs racing in each event. As usual Clevedon competed with detemination and in many of the races produced some outstanding rowing, with all of our crews putting in really strong finishes.
A group of supporters headed back down the M5 to Exmouth on Saturday 22nd March plus ‘Watch and Pray’ towed courtesy of Rob and Debs. This was Exmouth’s Big Day, officially launching the Club to the Town and with a blessing of their newly refurbished gig, but the opportunity was taken to add a few rows of our own before the formalities.
Sunday saw the regatta season kick off with the 3 Rivers event hosted by Caradon Pilot Gig Club at Saltash - a 6 mile race that starts and finishes under the Tamar Bridge.
Clevedon returned with 4 crews again this year representing for the most part the men's and ladies' A and B crews selected for the Scillies. Thanks go out to Rob Gait and John George who towed the spotless Blackbird and Watch & Pray down to Cornwall for their first races of the season.
Clevedon's Super Vets Mixed Crew rowed to victory on 23 Feb at Appledore.
On Saturday 30th November, Clevedon Gig Club held a 'rowathon' in the shop windows of Spinning Weal on Hill Road, Clevedon. The aim was to row as far as we could in 12 hours on two rowing machines. The total 24 hours rowing was split into half hour slots, with 48 rowers each taking their turn.
There was a sell-out audience of over 300 at The Curzon Cinema on Sunday evening, 20th October, for the eagerly awaited premiere of the filmed documentary ‘Blood, Sweat and Oars’, charting Clevedon Pilot Gig Club’s build-up to and participation in the World Pilot Gig Championships in the Scilly Isles last May.
A great event in breezy and occasionally sunny conditions in Lyme, Clevedon once again drew questions as to how big the town is as we were the largest club, with 47 rowers plus various other friends and family.
The event was a knockout format, with short 1200m races. Two heats rowed out, with the top four boats in each race going into a semi final. The top four in each semi final went into the final later in the day. There were slightly longer single vets' races and the course was also extended a little for the final.
This was Clevedon's biggest year yet at the World Championships on the Scilly Isles, and in fact with our 60 people in 13 crews, we were one of the biggest clubs at the championships. We clearly made an impression - the Radio Scilly commentator said that someone had asked him: "How big is Clevedon? It must be huge as there are so many of them!". There were certainly enough of us to ensure the Somerset flag was flying proudly with all the others.