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Glorious weather for gig rowers at world championship warm-up

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 10, 2013

  • Dartmouth hosted its usual pre-Isles of Scilly gig event in beautiful weather, right in the harbour. Caradon, right, were dominant, winning everything they entered. Above, the host clubs get under way

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Champion rowers locked oars with local opponents in glorious sunshine at an annual racing event.

Oarsmen and women from nine crews comprising 63 people took to the serene waters of the River Dart for a Dartmouth gig race on Saturday.

Hundreds of people lined the embankments to watch the rowers in action in a pre-race to the World Pilot Gig Championships held every year in May on the Isles of Scilly.

"It was an absolutely fantastic day's rowing," said Kevin Lake vice-chairman of the Dart Gig Club. "The River Dart offers beautiful, spectator-friendly conditions to watch rowing.

"The course itself is a natural amphitheatre from start to finish – you just pick a spot by the waters, sit down and enjoy the race."

Westcountry crews trained through the winter for the early season race, before they all compete against international rowers next month.

Oarsmen from Saltash-based Caradon Pilot Gig Rowing Club won most of the eight races, with crews from Salcombe Rowing Club also performing well.

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