LYME Regis Gig Club continued to build on their successful start to this year’s racing season at Salcombe, posting some exceptional results.

A field of strong competition again meant that all crews had to be at the very top of their game on the challenging waters of the Salcombe Estuary.

For Lyme’s ladies, reduced numbers meant some crew re-configurations were necessary with some of them having to row three times in hot conditions on a long course.

That said, they put in a sterling effort to reach the finish line, still with boats behind them.

For the men’s section, the strongest crews put out this year, all posted the best results of the season, so far.

They had two crews in the C category, finishing third and seventh from 16 boats.

The B crew finished in a very impressive seventh from 17 boats behind some of the stronger, more established teams on the South West Peninsula.

The Vets’ event was a close call in the finishing stages, as Lyme were racing two other boats in a battle for third position but were just pipped at the line to take fourth.

The penultimate race was the men’s Super Vet class.

For this, Lyme entered two teams. Super Vets I, in their own home-built boat Tempest and a second team, using a boat loaned to them from the Brixham Gig Club, the Henry Smardon.

This event, with a field of around 10 boats, was a chance for the Lyme club to increase their score tally over the course of the afternoon.

Both teams pulled through in a fantastic race.

The Super Vets II team, with some of the crew also having to swap sides to enable a full crew to row, pulled out an early and commanding lead, and continued to pull away from the rest of the field to take an outstanding victory.

Credit must also go to the Tempest team who made it across the line in third position.

The next meeting is due to be held at Swanage.