A large contingent of Appledore pilot gig rowers headed to Dartmouth on Saturday to flex their muscles against some prestigious South coast crews.

The invitation-only event is a firm favourite with the Appledore members and they fielded full crews for the ladies’ and men’s A, B, C, vets and mixed races.

The historic naval port is a marvellous setting, and the Easter crowds on the quay made for a great atmosphere. The course included three buoy turns which tested the skill of the rowers as well as the coxes.

The Appledore crews made up for lack of race practice with some great shows of strength and stamina on the straights, keeping pace with the leading boats. The best result of the day went to the mixed crew who took first place in front of Brixham, followed by the men’s C crew who came second behind Rame.

The club was pleased to return with an overall joint-third position and some valuable pointers in the work that needs to be done in preparation for the World Championships in the Scilly Isles in May.

23 clubs from all over the Westcountry will be arriving in Appledore for a two-day supervets event this weekend, with the top over 50s crew doing battle along the Quay.