BRIDPORT Gig Rowing Club hosted a triumphant return to racing with a spectacular regatta at West Bay.

After two years of cancellations due to poor weather, the stage was finally set for an exhilarating day of racing.

Blessed with glorious weather, the event saw participation from not only the Jurassic League but also clubs from Brixham, Barnstaple, Bristol and Burnham-on-Sea, culminating in a thrilling competition featuring 17 stunning wooden racing gigs.

The races were a spectacle of skill and determination, with some dramatic turns and close finishes keeping spectators on the edge of their seats.

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Bridport showcased their prowess with 17 crews competing across various categories, from under-16 to 60-plus including mixed crews.

The results were impressive as Ladies A claimed victory, while there were second places for Bridport Ladies B, the ladies veterans, the ladies supervets and the under-25s. Bridport Men’s A took third spot.

Overall, these results meant Bridport secured a commendable third-place finish, while Weymouth claimed the trophy for overall winners.

One of the highlights of the day was the trophy presentation, with Bridport's Town Mayor Anne Rickard awarding the trophies.

This special moment added a touch of civic pride to the event, celebrating the hard work and dedication of all the participants and volunteers.

The atmosphere was electric as crowds gathered to watch the fierce racing action and enjoy the excellent refreshments provided by the local club.

The regatta, a true community event, brought the entire club together, with members working tirelessly to launch and retrieve gigs, serve delicious food and drinks, and manage a bustling barbecue throughout the day.

Bridport Gig Rowing Club welcomes members from the age of 12 upwards for all abilities and also run regular ‘learn-to-row’ sessions. For details, see: