Ladies and Men’s veteran crews seal wins for Ilfracombe

A win in both the Veterans categories sealed Ilfracombe third spot at the Bridport Regatta on Saturday.

Stunning weather and sea conditions came at exactly the right moment to make a brilliant day of racing with the wonderful backdrop of Dorset's Jurassic Coast.

A depleted Ilfracombe crew in their newest gig, Rogue, took on the very long course in front of hundreds of spectators. Barnstaple also made the journey to Dorset with their gig, Lady Freda, and a small contingent of Torridge rowers took part as members of scratch crews.

The most spectacular win of the day went to Ilfracombe's Ladies Vets, who outclassed the field, coming in well over a minute ahead of their nearest competitors.

The majority of the races were won by local crews from Swanage and Weymouth, who took first and second ahead of Ilfracombe.