THERE was some close-fought racing in the rolling waves at Clovelly Pilot Gig Regatta.
The weather stayed favourable, with the rain holding off, but a strong wind and the sea state made for interesting conditions.
The final stretch in the races was against the wind and the boats’ bows were lifted out of the water before slapping down.
Ilfracombe’s rowers are used to this kind of chop and they were the overall winners by five points from Torridge.
The improving men’s crews from Torridge continued their challenge to Ilfracombe’s supremacy, winning both races.
The A team had a tough battle with Combe along the last leg but, despite a broken pin, they pulled away to victory.
The day started well for Ilfracombe with victories in both the ladies’ and men’s veterans races. Birthday boy David Schiller put on a good show and great coxing by David Waters saw the men catch a great wave to propel them over the line.
Lisa Furborough tossed the oar to get round the turns and give Ilfracombe ladies’ A a large lead. The B crew had to settle for second after a battle with Appledore.
Kerry French rowed in her first regatta for Ilfracombe’s juniors, the Wave Riders, as they took second place.
Barnstaple finished in a respectable fifth place overall. They were pleased to see the ladies’ A crew take fourth place and B team seventh. The men’s A rowers were fifth and the Barum Blades under-14s and under-16s were both fourth.