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.
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
On Wednesday 31st May, two crews from Clevedon Pilot Gig Club raced to transfer a commercial pilot to The Matthew in the Bristol Channel. With the support of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA), the club worked with Bristol Pilots Ltd and The Matthew to plan the event which generated much interest around the South West.
Two crews from Clevedon Pilot Gig Club are set to race to transfer a pilot to the Matthew just off the coast of Portishead.
With the support of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA), the club has been working with Bristol Pilots Ltd and the ‘Matthew’ to plan the event which will take place on Weds 31st May. On this day, the Matthew will be transiting from Sharpness to Bristol and requires a pilot for passage through the Avon Gorge.
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.
The weekend started well – those booked into B&Bs offered their genuine support and encouragement as much of the club battled the wind, rain and failing light to get the tents up at East Farm. It all looked more optimistic from the safety of the Sloop Inn, and sure enough the next day began fair as promised by the weatherman. The surf crashing into whitesands bay put paid to plans to launch from there and row around Ramsey island, however the excellent plan b was to put in at Porthgain and do a long sightseeing row up and down the coast.
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.
Following visits to Appledore, Paignton, Teignmouth and most recently Rame, possibly the largest Clevedon contingent of the summer season headed to the Jurassic Coast for a day’s racing.
On the sheltered beach in the shadow of the Cobb our base was established, hiding us from a rather brisk breeze which was only to be found once atop the harbour wall looking out to sea.