On 25th June Brixham Gig Club attended Mevagissey Regatta, Situated just beyond St Austell, Cornwall. Brixham were the only representatives from Devon and one of only two clubs from outside of the Dutchy so competition was fierce with world champions Falmouth for the Men and Caradon for the Ladies in attendance.
The first race was the Ladies B race and the Brixham crew of Emma Trayhorn, Eve Buckley, Fiona Slater, Becca Chappell, Val McClean, Lizzie Payne and cox Dave Morralley finished in 5th place in a gap between the packs behind Fowey but ahead of Bristol.
The 2nd race was the Mens B race with the crew of Craig Thomas, Ben Trayhorn, Tim Colliver, Chris Mason, Pete Scoble, Steven Marshall and cox Lance Worthington continued the good form that would remain for most of the day finishing 3rd ahead of Looe who were only beaten with the last stroke of the race.
Then followed the Under 14s crew who maintained their consistent high placings with a 2nd place for Ellie Goodman, Anna Nisbett, Ben Mortimer, Lauren Winter,Katie Trayhorn, Joss Greenway and cox Amy Plowman behind the other youth powerhouse of Fowey.
In a refreshingly different event next the novices race for rowers who have not yet raced took place allowing for an experienced rower or 2 to help the boat along this race was contested well and the Brixham crew of Katharyn Ashworth, Dan Everill, Racheal Atterbury, Lee Payne, Bob Moulden, Tracie Stoneman cox Tim Colliver preformed well to bag a 4th place finish. This race was the full debuts for Dan and Lee.
Concluding the youth rowing next with the under 16s crew of Bess Ashworth, Mitzi Pilkington, Joe Nisbett, Lizzie Payne, Harry Davis, Lauren Winter and cox Amy Plowman who also managed a 4th place finish.
This was followed by the A races in the Ladies event the crew of Steph Blackler, Amy Plowman, Leigh Bower, Sarah David, Jennie Everill, Deb Hundson cox Pete Scoble finished the race 12th behind the hosts Mevagissey and ahead of Boscastle. In the Mens race however the crew of Karl Oakley, Ashley Turner, Matt Scoble, James Agates, Stevie Reece, Mark Ashworth and cox Dave Morralley rowed well in a race that resulted in many crashes and clashes and even a disqualification to come home in 4th place behind world championship contenders Looe but ahead of Mounts Bay.
Heading towards the end of the afternoons racing the next races where the veterans races with the ladies crew of Bev Worthington, Sarah David, Sarah Tingle, Amy Plowman, Karen Marshall, Justine Pilkington cox Lance Worthington racing to the fourth 4th place of the day in a gap between Charlestown and Caradon.
Brixhams last race of the day was the Mens Vets race who needed to finish in the top 10 to give the club the championship of the day did so in emphatic style coming in 2nd easily ahead of the rest of the field the crew of Lance Worthington, Dave Morralley, Tim Colliver, Mac MacCLean, Pete Scoble, Mark Ashworth and cox Amy Plowman easily secured the points needed.
With that result the championship of the regatta was secured and despite missing the mixed race at the end of the day Brixham finished with a 10 point margin to 2nd placed Caradon and a further 2 points ahead of 3rd placed Looe.
Brixham Gig Club are now in the process of preparing for their own regatta to be held at breakwater beach on the 6th of August a full attendance is anticipated this year and the club would like to invite you to come down and observe some world class gig rowing as well as supporting your local club, you wont find a better selection of homemade cakes anywhere other than at a gig regatta.
The club would also like to appeal to any potential sponsors for the regatta or the club to please get in contact with us at: email@example.comFollow