Gig rowing clubs from North Devon competed in the race between Bideford and Barnstaple.

Clubs from North Devon and Bude turned out for Appledore Pilot Gig Club’s annual Two Bridges race on Saturday.

Appledore, Torridge, Clovelly Barnstaple and Bude took part in the race, which saw men’s crews row from Torridge Bridge to Taw Bridge before the ladies’ crews rowed from the Taw back to Appledore Quay.

Superb conditions on the river meant there were no issues with wind or waves, allowing teams to put everything into power and technique for the entire course.

It was Appledore who took the spoils at the event, with the men finishing first in Verbena and the ladies finishing first in Whitford.

The men’s crews battled against the rising tide on the River Torridge until they turned into the river Taw, where they were pushed towards Barnstaple.

Appledore led the pack most of the way in Verbena to win the men’s race, with Torridge coming second in Will to Win.

Barnstaple’s Lady Freda crew were caught up in a close race with Bude’s Bedehaven, eventually finishing in fourth place.

Barnstaple’s second boat, Nipper, came in seventh behind Clovelly’s Christine H.

The ladies were greeted by fantastic support for the climax to their race at Appledore Quay.

Whitford finished ahead of Verbena to make an Appledore one-two, with Barum’s ladies coming third in Nipper.

The next time so many gig boats will be seen on the Taw will be on July 10 when Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club will be holding their annual Sprint Regatta