Appledore Pilot Gig Club hosted its annual regatta on Sunday.The hosts took to the water alongside clubs from Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Torridge, as well as Bude, Clevedon and Boscastle. It was Ilfracombe who took the honours in the nine-race event, thanks to strong performances from their mens crews. Starting with the mens A race, it was Ilfracombes Raparee and Torridges Kerens that moved ahead of the pack half way down the first leg of the 1.7-mile course. Ilfracombe nudged ahead down the final leg to finish first ahead of Torridge, with Appledore placing third. The men followed their A success with a one-two in the B race. Raparee held the lead from the turns but werent given any breathing space by the Rogue crew, with both finishing ahead of Torridge, who came third. Where Ilfracombe dominated the mens events, it was Appledore who came out on top in the ladies races. Their Verbena crew came in first in the A race ahead of Torridge in second and Ilfracombe in third. It was much the same in the B race, with Appledore and Torridge again taking first and second place ahead of Boscastle. Following the same pattern as their counterparts, it was the turn of Torridge to dominate, this time with the veterans races. The ladies Kerens crew grabbed a win in their race ahead of Appledore and Ilfracombe. It was a similar finish in the mens race too, with Ilfracombe and Appledore trading places and the hosts finishing third. Barnstaples ladies vets picked up the clubs best equal-best result, finishing fourth in their race, while the men came in fifth in theirs. The mixed race went to Ilfracombe, helping to wrap up the overall win, with Appledore finishing second ahead of Torridge. There were positives for Barnstaple, who finished fourth in the mixed race. The club had two junior rowers transitioning to adult racing. Jo Walker, junior co-ordinator for the club, said: Though they are still quote new to adult races, they rowed exceptionally well and kept their cool throughout the whole race, showing that they will be a useful addition to ladies racing crews in the future. There were also positives for the hosts, with their U14 crew racing competitively for the first time. The crew of Caitlin Haughton, Mim Parsons, Ellen Parsons, Zoe Cross and Rory Lynch finished second in their race. Torridge and Barnstaple will be assisting with the annual Floating Bye event for North Devon Hospice next weekend. The next time all the North Devon clubs meet will be at the Barnstaple Sprint Regatta, which takes place on Sunday July 10.