With the season opener of the 3 rivers race at Saltash on the 4th March on the horizon it’s time to look ahead to the season for Brixham Gig club.
Most crews at the club have been shuffled around this season with almost all of the ladies crew having sweeping changes with the view to improving the results from the ladies this season, I apologise now for the lack of detail but there are more changes than I can keep up with.
On the men’s side less changes have been made with the mens B crew staying the same and the mens Vets only having the one change Bruce Nisbett replacing the departing Lance Worthington. There are also 2 C crew rowers promoted to the A crew who are looking to improve throughout the season.
The junior rowers are again looking in good form heading into the start of their season in April with an ever growing interest from the local youngsters.
Social rowing is still in brilliant health in Brixham with 3 crews plus interest all the time from people who want to row but do not necessarily want to race. The coxswains of the social crews take pride in having technically brilliant rowers even if racing is not on their radar.
This year the club has scheduled less fixtures for the season due to a lot of burnout for rowers before the end of the season last year. As such the club will be competing at 4 less events this year and not traveling quite as far. This will hopefully lead to better performances throughout the calender and have no drop off towards the end.
Brixham will not be attending the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly this year. This is due mostly to cost, the strongest combinations of rowers are unable to go as all expenses fall to individual rowers. This has lead to a lack of interest from those able to go and so the club has made the decision not to attend the event. This decision was not easy but the committee felt that it was the best for the club.
However as an alternative Brixham are arranging an event on the same weekend at the breakwater on the pirate weekend. This event will consist of many short sprints and we are hoping other crews from nearby will send rowers that aren’t on Scilly. Keep your eyes peeled for more info.
Mr and Mrs Worthington
Although there have been a few comings and goings of personnel at the club this year Beverly and Lance Worthington have transfered to Dartmouth. The pair have been an integral part of the club since the launch of Trojan back in 2012. Socially no event is complete without them and rowing wise both have amounted wins in their career at Brixham. A special thanks however must be made to Lance who coxed the Mens B crew to their national title win in 2015 being present for every race of the championship season. We wish them all the best at Dartmouth and thank them for all they have done in contributing to Brixhams early success.
The home Regatta for Brixham will be held at Breakwater beach on August 5th we hope that lots of support will be there more info to follow in the future.
The planning permission for the gig shed at the breakwater was granted in November and the build will start early March. This will be a large project taking large amounts of time and money. The club will be constantly fundraising for this until completion and any assistance that can be given by the Brixham public would be greatly appreciated it is a great chance to be part of something special.
Please keep a look across Facebook and the club website for more info on all aspects of club life throughout the season.Follow