gig rowing club completes 16-mile Bristol row
rowers from Burnham-On-Sea's pilot gig rowing club have undertaken
their longest rowing challenge yet by heading to Bristol this week.
joined Clevedon Gig Club on their annual 'Long Row Home' from Bristol
harbour to Clevedon Pier - a total distance of just under 16 miles.
Eastham, Gig Captain, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We launched
'Jayne Campbell' at Bristol Marina and joined the three Clevedon
crews in their boats 'Finzel', Layde Bay' and 'Churngold' in the
before 11 o'clock we rafted up in the lock ready to enter into the
River Avon. The gates were opened, the sun came out, and off we
set. We quickly got into our rhythm and soon were passing under
the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge - one of those 'bucket list'
an hour of rowing we made a brief stop at Pill before passing under
our second bridge of the day - the Avon Bridge carrying the M5 high
above our heads."
brief pause to talk to the port authorities at Avonmouth and get
permission to leave the Avon and join the Bristol Channel, and our
flotilla of four gigs sets off on the last stage of our journey."
out-going tide gives us a welcome boost as we pass Portbury and
head into Portishead for a final 'comfort break'. The weather is
clear and bright as we travel the last few miles down the coast
and soon see the famous Clevedon Pier in the distance."
all round the pier just after two o'clock and see our friends and
families waving from the slipway. It was a fantastic day all round
- great fun, great company, and a great many blisters!"