On 5 Oct, we hosted our first mini regatta at Clevedon sea front. It was great to have Burnham, Bristol, Porlock and Portishead as guests at our first official competition, which we hope will be the pre-cursor to a local Avon & Severn league.
Thanks to those who worked tirelessly before, during and afterwards to make sure that a great fun day was had by all - a real team effort
19 Clevedon rowers arrived in ilfracombe yesterday to be greeted by calm waters and glorious sunshine ready for a day of gig racing. The first race got off to a cracking start with a convincing win for our ladies B. Despite low numbers we still managed to enter 7 races meaning some rowers rowed up to 4 times. Our overall position was mid table which was quite respectable considering we were unable to enter all the races.
After all was packed away and BB secure on the trailer it was into the yacht club to see ladies B receive their award. It was a great day in all
The sun came out for us down on the South Devon coast this weekend. Despite a brisk offshore breeze the sea was calm making for near perfect racing conditions, although the last stretch of the kite shaped course was a bit of a slog into the wind. Clevedon turned out in force, with 30 rowers entering 9 of the 11 categories with only Ladies' A and Under 14s missing.
Clevedon Pilot Gig Club attended the World Pilot Gig Club Championships in the Isles of Scilly, that ran from the 28th-30th April.
The unforgettable event consists of Men and Womens' Veteran and Super Veteran races on the Friday evening, followed by 2 lots of races per day on Saturday and Sunday for the open crews registered. Boat numbers for the Vets races were in the 50's for women and 40's for men and late 20's for both genders in the super-vets races.
The Newquay women’s championships took place over the weekend of the 10th of September and the men’s on the weekend of the 24th September, bringing the rowing season to an end.
Both weekends of rowing proved to be very eventful and fun, with 96 women’s crews and 72 men’s crews participating, Newquay continues to be one of the top regattas to attend.
Last Friday evening we assembled at Richmond in preparation for the River Race the following morning - Watch & Pray had been launched at Greenwich and was moored neatly alongside Governor - another beautiful gig from another club. Plenty of wholesome food courtesy of the local scout group and some brilliant music from the funky Dutch brass band Tartouffe ensured that we were fully relaxed and nourished for our upcoming battles.
The popular party regatta of the year took place this weekend and for those who stayed for the evening, I hope you’ve all now recovered!
Rame regatta was a joy to attend. The course was a good length and the sea was calm, giving us good water to glide our oars through.
The men started the racing off with Mens B rowing with power and completing course in 6th place, a good position considering the tough competition.