BRIDPORT Gig Rowing Club enjoyed a fine weekend at the World Pilot Gig Championships, held on the Isles of Scilly.

After four months of winter training, Bridport headed to the Scillies amid beautiful weather, gone was the fog that caused havoc last year.

Bridport fielded crews in seven categories: Men’s masters (over 60), men’s supervets (over 50), ladies veterans (over 40), plus men’s A and B and ladies’ A and B.

Bridport ladies A finished 16th of 132 gigs, while the B team claimed 115th.

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Bridport men’s A narrowly missed out on the top half, finishing 65th of 128 gigs, while the B team came home in 120th.

The ladies’ veterans recorded 23rd of 39, the men’s supervets were 14th of 42 vessels and the men’s masters finished fourth of five gigs.

All crews fought hard and achieved some great results. Bridport achieved the highest placing out of all of the Jurassic League clubs and were the third non-Cornish gig club.

The Saturday saw the start if the main event which is the open where up to 133-boat line-up along the start line for the first race from St Agnus back to St Mary's.

This is the first opportunity to see how winter training has paid off and where you will seed for the start of the Three Nut Rock races one which takes place later on the Saturday last two on the Sunday.

Being on the start line of that first race seeing boats as far as you can see, the feeling of nerves as the countdown begins and the sound of the oars on the pins as all 133 boats start is an amazing sight and sound and something that is unforgettable.

No matter what heat you seed, every one is hard-fought with the top two moving up and the bottom two moving down. The first race on the Sunday is your last chance to move up a group or down before the final in the afternoon.

This race saw the ladies A in a close fight which has been said to be one of the closest yet with it being difficult to see which crews would go up and which crew would go down with the result of them finishing fourth in the heat so staying in group B for the final.

Results: Ladies A 16th out of 132; Ladies B 115th out of 132; Men’s A 65th out of 128; Men’s B 120th out of 128; Ladies Vets 23rd out of 39; Men’s Supervets 14th out of 42; Men’s Masters 4th out of 5.

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