ILFRACOMBE Pilot Gig Club’s rowers were the only ones from outside Cornwall to take part in the Roseland Regatta at St Mawes.
With world champions Falmouth competing alongside other top-10 crews, Ilfracombe set themselves for a hard day.
But they recorded some good results with wins for both veterans crews and third place in the ladies’ A race.
The A races started the regatta. The men went first and, after a good start, Ilfracombe reached the first buoy in third place. However, they got caught in the mêlée on the turn, with oars clashing with Fowey, and came out fifth, a position they held at the finish line.
The ladies also had a good start and were with the pack all the way to the first turn. With lessons learnt from the men’s race, cox Roy Thorne turned well and Ilfracombe, powered by a good stroke rate by Zoe Green, took third place.
The men put in a great performance to come sixth in the B race, with Grantley South getting his first taste of regatta rowing. The ladies also had a good row to finish 11th racing against men and women.
The veteran men were next and had an amazing row. Powering against the pack down the first stretch and producing a great turn, they sprinted off to gain the lead. The next turn went the same way and down the final stretch they increased the lead for a comfortable win.
The veteran ladies’ race was held at the same time and they too had a great start, battling for first place by the first turn. Down the final leg the crew put on a burst and took the lead to win by a length.
Ilfracombe’s mixed crew also put in a good performance against some tough crews to finish fifth.