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Ilfracombe win fourth history race on the trot

13:14 26 May 2014

Ilfracombe

Ilfracombe's 'Rapparee' gig boat surged to victory at the Appledore history race

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ILFRACOMBE powered to victory at this weekend’s annual Appledore history race.

Their gig crew, in the ‘Rapparee’ boat, blew the competition away to win by two minutes and retain the trophy for the fourth year in a row.

Ilfracombe took on a more direct but choppier route than many of their opponents, and the gamble paid off in fine fashion.

Torridge rowed a good race to finish second in ‘Will to Win’ with hosts Appledore third and fourth in ‘Verbena’ and ‘Whitford’.

Appledore’s newest gig, the recently christened ‘Margaret James’ also got a run out in the race, finishing eighth.

The history race is an historical gig race first raced in 1880, when Captain Hare, owner of the gig Swift, challenged the gig Siren to race for the princely sum of £1. It was to be from the Appledore dock buoy to the Middleridge buoy and back.

It started fairly evenly but as the race progressed, Siren edged into a lead, eventually finishing 10 lengths ahead of Swift.

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