Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club hosted their annual regatta at the weekend and came out on top by winning the event overall.

Ilfracombe won a total of seven races. The men’s crews were in top form and won across all categories – men’s A, men’s B, vets and supervets.

The racing took place in challenging conditions, and made rowing very difficult as the boats took to the water.

Ilfracombe put out two ladies’ B crews, with the Rapparee crew racing well to finish fifth and the Rogue crew coming in close behind in seventh, with Weymouth winning.

The men’s B crew managed to shoulder the pressure of never having lost their race, and after a swift start they powered to victory. The Rogue crew came fourth.

The ladies’ A put in another strong performance, and with Zoe Green setting a good race pace, reached the first mark ahead of the rest of the pack. With good power from Catherine Lake and Karis Turner, they powered round the first mark while being pushed by Weymouth. Reaching the second mark, a quick turn was made with great coxing by Roy Thorne, and the ladies sprinted home to cross the line first.

Following wins from the men’s A and men’s vets crews, plus a second place for the women’s vets, the supervets took to the water to clinch another victory for the home club.

The ladies’ supervets fought hard in their race, eventually succumbing to Weymouth and finishing second.

Rapparee got clear of the pack right from the start of the mixed race, maintaining the lead to the first buoy and on the home leg to the finish.

Rogue had a close race for fourth place with Clevedon, beating them by half a boat length.

The highlight of the day was the junior race, won by Ilfracombe ‘Waveriders’.

With a shortened course due to conditions, the crew got off to a flying start, and soon settled into a great stroke rate set by Jade Rendle, with good power from Tom Jeffery and Toma Lovaraz in the engine room.

They eased away from the rest of the pack and finished in first place.