Bridport Gig Club’s junior team’s efforts were rewarded this weekend when they were treated to an extraordinary row alongside dolphins, in front of West Bay’s cliffs.
A video, posted to the Bridport Notice Facebook page (which Yarn Magazine runs), was played nearly 10,000 times in under 12 hours. It was shown nearly 30,000 Facebook users in that same time span.
UPDATE: As of 27th July, the video has been played nearly 50,000 times, and has been shared by the likes of Country Living Magazine and the official Visit England tourism page. It has also been featured on various national newspapers’ websites, as well as, we’re told, CBS in America!
More than two hundred years ago men would race out to sea in fast, slim wooden boats, rowing flat out to be first to reach an incoming ship and win the fee to pilot it into harbour.
Today, Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing thrives as a sport with clubs all around the South West, including Lyme Regis and Bridport .
Peter Smith took to the high seas at West Bay with rowers bidding for places in the men’s first team at the forthcoming world championships in the Isles of Scilly this month.