Bridport just miss out on semi-final spot

GOOD PERFORMaNCE: The Bridport men’s A team which narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals

BRIDPORT gig rowing clubs men’s and ladies teams put on fabulous performances at their respective county championships held in Newquay to secure their best ever results at this prestigious event.

The format is a knockout style event over two days, meaning time is everything. Large Atlantic swells which characterise this coastline make this a unique place to row; providing tricky conditions which can change within the space of a day.

On the opening day the ladies A, B and C crews raced in rough seas against tough opposition round the two-mile course in to secure their best ever results. The ladies C crew finished 94th out of 99 teams, missing out on a place in the second round. The ladies B crew came second in their first heat, resulting in an automatic promotion into round two, where they secured 46th place overall.

The ladies A crew put in two fast races on day one before being knocked out in the quarter finals finishing 23rd overall. Bridports men’s B crew finished sixth in their heat with a time of 16.00 minutes, narrowly missing out on a place in the next round by a matter of seconds.

The A crew rowed a fast time giving them a place in round two in which they crossed the line in second place. This provided the chance to row in the quarter finals when they failed to make the semi finals, finishing 21st overall, with the men’s B team 52nd. Falmouth men’s A won the championship, with Caradon A second.

Men’s captain, Kevin Batchelor was very proud of the achievements of the men’s crews, and hopes to continue this form into next year.

The club’s next event is a big breakfast, being held at the Salthouse, West Bay on Sunday, October 16th. All are welcome 9am-1pm, adults £6 and primary school children £3. If you would like to get involved in gig rowing, please visit the website

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Howard has been covering sport in the East Devon, South Somerset and West Dorset region since 2007.