Three Rivers Race 18.03.2023 - Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club

Three Rivers Race 18.03.2023

The annual Three Rivers Race took place on 18th March this year, and BPGC entered two Men’s crews and a Ladies crew for the event. There were 86 gigs from 54 clubs lined up along the pontoons at Saltash sailing club, with almost perfect weather conditions – light winds and long sunny periods – spoken of by many as the best conditions ever seen for the event.

The Ladies race went off first in Nipper, with the boats starting off in groups of 12 for the grueling 6 mile timed race, and they crossed the line in a creditable time of 64 minutes and 2 seconds, in 56th place. The Men’s race followed with both Lady Freda (Men’s A) and Nipper (Men’s B) entered in a very competitive field, with Lady Freda crossing the line in 51 minutes and 13 seconds for 38th place, and Nipper in 55 minutes and 29 seconds for 65th place.

The day was enjoyed by all who took part and no one was in a hurry to leave Saltash when the racing was over. The Barum rowers enjoyed a de-briefing at the Union Inn in the afternoon sunshine before loading the boats back onto the trailers for the drive home.

Featured photo: Ladies Nipper crew, photo credit:

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