WEYMOUTH Rowing Club’s annual exodus to the Mixed and Veteran Championship was a resounding success with superlative performances from all crews.
Held at Caradon Gig club under the shadow of the Tamar bridge in Saltash, the championships are a firm favourite among the gig rowing community.
Weymouth Rowing Club sent a men’s and ladies’ veterans’ team (over-40s) and a ladies’ and men’s super-vets’ team (over-50s).
The event consisted of knockout group races, a semi-final, and final.
All teams made it through the group race, but both the ladies’ teams failed to make the final.
The men’s sides went one better, making their finals – Wey-mouth’s super-vets fought hard over the 1.6 mile course and were runners-up to Helford, current world champions.
Weymouth men’s veterans were also runners-up but to Ilfracombe and this was the club’s best ever result at the championships. Weymouth also thrived at the Langstone Cutters Gig Regatta at Hayling Island.
Although missing several key rowers and with a risk of some very heavy rain, Weymouth could be forgiven for thinking it might not be their day. However, it turned into one of their most successful events ever.
The weather held and the four turn 1.7-mile course suited Wey-mouth’s powerful rowing technique.
There was a keen breeze blowing from the west and a strong incoming tide making the rowing challenging.
Of the seven races being contested, the Weymouth teams won six with the the ladies A, men’s A, men’s B, ladies’ veterans, men’s veterans and the mixed crew race and the ladies B finishing a close second to Langstone Club.
The margin of the mixed crew’s victory was immense, finishing more than 10 boat lengths, 80 seconds ahead of Portland in Pulpit Rock.
One particular member of the team shone throughout the event.
Peter Revell, won two gold medals for winning with the men’s B and men’s veterans followed by adding three more gold medals by coxing the ladies’ veterans, men’s A and mixed crews to victory to bag a personal haul of five gold medals out of seven races.
The next gig regatta on the calendar will be tomorrow at West Bay, hosted by Bridport Gig Club.