A DOZEN gig boats will be descending on Appledore this Sunday for the Rotary Link Two Bridges Race over a nine-mile course on the twin rivers Taw and Torridge between the new bridge at Bideford and the new bridge at Barnstaple. The race is proving to be

A DOZEN gig boats will be descending on Appledore this Sunday for the Rotary Link Two Bridges Race over a nine-mile course on the twin rivers Taw and Torridge between the new bridge at Bideford and the new bridge at Barnstaple.

The race is proving to be one of the most popular races in the pilot gig racing calendar according to one of the organisers, Len White.

It is the longest race in the gig racing calendar, with the average length of a race being two miles and even the world championships in the Scilly Isles over a three-mile course.

The men will start the action from Torridge Bridge at Bideford at 9am and race to Barnstaple. The ladies will then race back from Barnstaple to Appledore, and this year this will be followed by a junior race from Appledore to Crow Point and back

"Gig racing is the fastest growing water sport and there is a huge interest from the youngsters in Appledore, so we felt we really had to support them as well as the seniors", said Rotary's spokesman Eddie Dymond.

The race spectacle can be enjoyed from local quays, bridges and the Tarka Trail.