Ilfracombe take top spot at thrilling Appledore regatta

17:01 07 July 2014

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe's crew at Appledore

Archant

Ilfracombe edge out hosts by a single point after day of tightly-contested racing

THERE was huge excitement in Appledore this weekend as the gig rowing club hosted one of the most enthralling regattas in their history.

Large numbers of spectators lined the quay on a beautiful sunny day to watch and cheer the competing clubs from Appledore, Barnstaple, Bideford, Boscastle, Bude, Clevedon, Clovelly, Ilfracombe & Torridge.

A start line close to the Appledore to Instow ferry crossing was a spectators’ dream as the boats jostled for position waiting for the flag to drop and the shout to start on the coxes’ radios.

The gathered crowds were able to follow the race down the river past the iconic anchor and out into the estuary around two buoy turns and back to a finish opposite the Seagate Hotel.

After a number of exciting battles, it was Ilfracombe who came out on top overall, beating host club Appledore by a single point.

Ilfracombe picked up two wins, with their men’s and ladies’ A crews reaching the line first ahead of Appledore on both occasions.

Appledore picked up the most wins of any of the clubs, taking first in the men’s B, men’s C, ladies’ C, men’s supervets and mixed races.

There were also three wins for Torridge, coming from their ladies’ vets, ladies’ supervets and J16 crews – the last of which saw a race right to the line with all of the gigs finishing within five lengths.

There were the inevitable clashes of oars and several exchanges resembling fairground bumper cars as coxes and crews maximised their efforts to cut the sharpest turn and head for the home straight.

Several races were incredibly closely contested right up to the end that a virtual photo finish was required.

The event closed with a raffle and prize-giving on the slipway with Ilfracombe taking the overall trophy just one point ahead of host club Appledore.

Each year the gap between the top clubs has narrowed and Appledore have high hopes of finally collecting the winners’ trophy next year.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

17:35
North Devon Road Runners Jo and Frank Biederman with their medals.

North Devonian pounds the streets of the capital for charity....

Read more
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
The Barnstaple players celebrate clinching promotion.Pic: Jay Smith

Barnstaple Town enjoyed a week of celebrations as their 2,500th game in the Western League was quickly followed by promotion to the Premier Division.

Read more
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
North Devon Gazette Football League

This week’s North Devon Gazette Football League round-up

Read more
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Barnstaple skipper Winston James. Pic: Bob Collins

Skipper Winston James completed a try hat-trick in the last few minutes of the match as Barnstaple won 50-19 at Oxford Harlequins and piled up their best win of the season.

Read more
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Barnstaple celebrate their Les Phillips Cup semi-final win. Pic: Jay Smith

Barnstaple Town are through to the final of the Les Phillips Cup after fighting back to beat Hallen 3-1.

Read more
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Jed Harper-Penman (right) was impressive against Hengrove on Tuesday night. Pic: Jay Smith

Hengrove Athletic 0-4 Barnstaple Town

Read more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Football generic picture

Offwell Rangers put six of the best past Cheriton Fitzpaine.

Read more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Top seed Kristyna Pliskova triumphed at the Tarka Tennis Centre. Pic: Chris Catullo

Top seed Kristyna Pliskova won the Aegon GB Pro-Series Barnstaple singles title in impressive style.

Read more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

South Molton coach Gary Bucknell is already looking ahead to next season and job number one is replacing himself.

Read more
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The supervets in action on the Torridge estuary

Several local clubs came to the Torridge estuary at the weekend for Appledore Pilot Gig Club’s supervets regatta.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read Sport

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder