Gruelling gig race between North Devon bridges

Joseph Bulmer

FOUR gigs competed in the North Devon Bridges race, the longest and most gruelling race in the North Devon Pilot Gig calendar.

Starting beneath Bideford Bridge on the top of the tide on Sunday, the rowers raced nine miles down the Torridge and up the Taw to Barnstaple Bridge.

The gigs were changed over at Barnstaple, so the women’s teams could race back to Appledore on the receding tide.

The men’s race was won by the Torridge crew, who received the shield from Ron Jones of the Barnstaple Link Club. Ladies winners were Appledore, who were presented with their shield by the originator of the race, Eddie Dymond of the Barnstaple Link Club.

The race was started in 2007 by Appledore Gig club and the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club to celebrate the opening of the new Barnstaple Bridge.