Summer racing in the Jurassic League

It's been a great summer of regattas ...we've been taking part in the Jurassic Gig Rowing league, against some of our lovely gig rowing neighbours and attending a few of our favourites further afield - Clovelly and Rame.

Bridport Regatta, 2 July, a beautiful day that started out with calm sea..... and then the wind picked up and the sea got rough ........but we still sent out our U14 (they really are the littlest in the league, some of whom are just 9 and 10 years) and U16 Juniors, both teams valiantly braved the choppy waves (probably a bit better than some of the adults). It was a good turn out from the club; 3 ladies and 3 mens crews ...some were racing for the first time after just taking up the Sport!

Clovelly Regatta, 9 July, was a still, greyish day, sea like a millpond and even a dolphin making an appearance near the gigs whilst the first race was waiting to start. The sea may have been calm but the same can't be said for the racing and in the words of one of our coxes, Karina, this pretty much sums up the flavour of the gig racing ... 'head off with the group......get up with the leaders, catch trailing rope round rudder, lift rudder, ........almost last.......row like demons possessed........handbrake turn on last buoy'. It was an eventful regatta and our best result was Ladies B winning their first race this season...whoop whoop!

Wonderful Rame Regatta, Saturday 22 July, was at the start of the school summer holidays. The weather didn't look promising and we were going on mass as a club... ladies and men, kids and dogs ...and lots of us camping too! So, it rained (at times a lot), the sun came out (sometimes), it was choppy, it was windy ......we got wet, we got dry, we got wet ...but the most impressive result was that we managed to get the entire club under the canopy (just!). And, after all the racing, it all cleared for us to enjoy the Rame hospitality in the evening and for those that stayed, we were treated to brilliant sunshine on Sunday .....showing us how beautiful the Rame peninsular can be!

Our last regatta this season was at Lyme Regis on Saturday 12 August. We had a great club turn out for this regatta too, Junior crews and Ladies and Mens crews (A, B and C crews). We had a great days racing; new members returning to race who amazingly hadn't been put off by the choppy sea at Bridport and then we all enjoyed a beer on the seafront after a good days racing .......bacon butties, homemade cake and beer ...the British weather ....these seem to be a staple of Regatta's ...so what's not to enjoy!

At the end of the season, Swanage Sea Rowing Club was placed joint 4th in the Jurassic league and Ladies A got a bronze for their efforts! Here's to a great 2017 and we can't wait for 2018 ...just not the winter training ...ergs and more ergs ......

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