Brixham Gig Club started the racing season on 5th March at the Saltash 3 Rivers Race finally ending the winter off season a week later than expected due to last weeks cancellation of Helford.
Over the off season there was minimal crew reshuffling among the racing crews which resulted in a better quality of training. Training was also aided by the decision to accept Darthaven Marinas offer of a place to launch boats from during January and February to shelter from the weather and use the river Dart. The club would like to thank the Marina for their hospitality.
Not only was training improved the equipment was also refurbished with resident carpenter James Agates taking all the oars and repairing as needed, he has also become the sponsor of the Mens A crew. Henry Smardon had a refit with local boat builder Bryan Pomeroy who spent 6 months on the refit and has done a very good job of it to. As a club we would also like to publicly thank James and Bryan.
On to the racing Brixham sent 2 ladies and 2 mens crews to represent the club at Saltash with the Mens and Ladies A crews rowing Pegasus and the Ladies B and Mens Vets A rowing Henry Smardon.
The first race was the laides race over the 6 mile course, the A crew of Emma Trayhorn, Sue Putt, Leigh Bower, Sarah David, Katharyn Ashworth, Mary Currie and cox Dave Morralley rowing in Pegasus they finished in 32nd place in a time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 21 seconds ahead of the Ladies B crew of Karen Marshall, Jo Hayden, Sarah Tingle, Justine Pilkington, Bess Ashworth (senior début), Andi Colliver cox Lance Worthington who finished 10 places back in 42nd in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 25 seconds.
The B crew had some confusion to begin with starting a full 20 seconds behind the rest of their group but rowed hard to try and make up for it finishing middle of the pack from their group with the delay only costing them one place on the day. The club however is very proud of young rower Bess Ashworth who made her senior début in this race considered to be the most challenging of the year. Bess is a credit to the clubs massive junior system showing what good work Amy Plowman and Pete Scoble are doing with other Juniors set to progress in the near future.
The Mens crews rowed next over the same course with the Mens A crew of Mark Harvey, Ash Turner, Stevie Reece, James Agates, Matt Scoble, Simon Mitchell and cox Lynn Reynolds sponsored by James Agates Carpentry and Shop fitting finished in 31st place in a time of 54 minutes and 11 seconds ahead of the Mens B crew of Lance Worthington, Dave Morralley, Tim Colliver, Mac MacClean, Kevin Thomas, Mark Ashworth and cox Karen Marshall who finished 36th with a time of 54 minutes 55 seconds.
In results unique to this events the combined boat times are also taken into account with the A boat of Pegasus coming 30th with a time of 1 hour 59 minutes 32 seconds and Henry Smardon the B boat came 35th in a time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
A thank you from the club needs also to be sent to Aqua Gas Torbay for allowing us to borrow one of their vans to tow the boat to Saltash after one of our towers was stranded in Denmark due to snow.
Saturday was also a fundraising day for the club with a small contingent taking the half time collection at Brixham Rugby Club to which we would like to send our thanks to the rugby club and their crowd where we raised over £145.Follow