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The first big event on the gig-rowing calendar is the 3 Rivers Race in Cornwall.  Starting and finishing under the iconic Tamar Bridge, the race is a gruelling course of about 6 miles, taking in the Rivers Tamar, Tavy and Lynher – and the tides, winds and currents along the way.  It’s a true test for clubs to measure how the winter training has gone, and an opportunity to size up the competition with the World Championships just 2 months away.

Bridport Gig Rowing Club sent 4 crews, 2 men and 2 women.  The relentless bad weather and unpredictable waters had seriously impeded on-water preparation, but squads had worked very hard on ergos over the winter which we hoped would stand them in good stead.

77 Ladies crews lined up over 6 heats, our Ladies A crew in Brydian finished 17th in a time of 1.01.33, and our Ladies B in Dagger came 42nd in 1:07:03!  Then it was the turn of the 76 men’s crews, Bridport Men’s A in Brydian finished 20th in 55:15, and Men’s B in Dagger came 45th in 58:02.  The combined positions left Brydian in 15th and Dagger in 40th.  Brydian was the first Dorset & Jurassic League boat home in both categories, and we believe this is the best ever performance in the race by our Men’s B crew.

These are incredible results considering how little opportunity there has been to get on the water, let alone train as a crew. All credit to all the squads, coxes, Paul, schedulers, and all who contributed to this fantastic start to the season! Onwards and upwards!

A special mention to Yvonne Mott for minding our bags for hours, and for her brilliant photos! Credit also to GigRower for photos.  Thank you also to Caradon for such a well-organised event.