THERE was a thrilling finish to the Bridport Regatta with Weymouth and the host club were forced to share first place.

Eleven clubs attended from around the south west, which made for a colourful sight at West Bay.

Ladies C started the day with Weymouth crews in Tristan and Isolde.

Tristan’s crew steamed ahead to win first place with Isolde finishing in sixth place with some crew members only in their second ever race for the club.

Sea conditions became rougher as ladies’ A and B races were fiercely fought on the finish line between Weymouth and Bridport but Bridport crews just managed to gain first places.

The men’s racing saw hard rowing in choppier waters with Lyme Regis achieving wins.

The Weymouth men’s C crew – some quite new to racing – performed well with great enthusiasm and gave it their all.

Weymouth took first place in the ladies’ vets and the ladies’ super vets held a fantastic four-length lead.

The men’s super-vets achieved a well-earned second place behind Lyme Regis.

Weymouth junior crew did the club proud as an under-14 crew raced in tough sea conditions to finish a fantastic second. They then competed in the under-16 race and achieved a very commendable fifth place.

The day ended with mixed crews racing and the final result was a draw between Weymouth and Bridport with 40 points each.

Weymouth held their overall Jurassic position of second place to Bridport.

The next Jurassic League event is at Lyme Regis on Saturday, August 12.