By Hazel Waters
Nine pilot gig clubs from the north coast of Devon and Cornwall gathered for the Port Isaac Regatta on Saturday.
The event takes place at Port Gaverne, on the North Cornwall coast.
As well as being one of the most picturesque of the season’s regattas, it is well known for its big sea swell and tight buoy turns, which can produce some spectacular and ferociously-contested clashes of boats and oars. This year was no exception.
Torridge were nudged down the placings in a battle of oars in the ladies’ veterans race, while Appledore ladies B suffered a catastrophic crash that resulted in their opponent’s disqualification and ook them from third to eighth.
Others managed to avoid the conflict of wood on wood, focusing their energy and skills on merely conquering the wind and waves.
The mighty Newquay took the winner’s trophy in every race, so it was up to the North Devon clubs to contest the second places.
Torridge were runners-up in the men’s B, ladies’ B, mixed and ladies’ A races.
Appledore took second places in the men’s A and ladies’ veterans races.
The Clovelly men’s B crew worked hard for a well-deserved third place and Barnstaple’s most successful crew on the day was their men’s A with a fourth place.
On Saturday, August 17, the clubs will gather for the Clovelly Regatta and the following day will row again in Ilfracombe.
Port Isaac Regatta – North Devon results – Appledore: men’s A 2nd, men’s B 4th, ladies’ A 4th, ladies’ B 8th, men’s veterans 4th, ladies’ veterans 2nd, mixed 3rd.
Barnstaple: men’s A 4th, men’s B 6th, ladies’ A 8th, ladies’ B 6th, men’s veterans 8th, ladies’ veterans 9th, mixed 6th.
Clovelly: men’s A 7th, men’s B 3rd, ladies’ A 9th, ladies’ B 9th, men’s veterans 5th, ladies’ veterans 6th, mixed 9th.
Torridge: men’s A 5th, men’s B 2nd, ladies’ A 2nd, ladies’ B 2nd, men’s veterans 7th, ladies’ veterans 5th, mixed 2nd.