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            10th April 2008

 

 

 

1.     Gig Racing
 

2.    Farmers' Market
 

3.    Councillors turn pirates
 

4.    Small News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1.    Gig Racing

Dart Gig club took its turn in hosting the pilot gigs from across the circuit this past weekend.  Gigs from Bristol and Weymouth and both the north coast of Devon and Cornwall took part as well as The World Champion crews from Caradon who are always a favourite to watch, as they make rowing the long vessels such a joy to behold with their seemingly effortless strokes.

Coming as it does so near to the world championships, other clubs treat Dart's gig racing event as a serious indicator of form for the world championships.  Interestingly, Dart always have their event early in the season, as the popularity of the beautiful harbour means that river traffic coming in to visit and for berthing overnight after the middle of April would most probably inhibit the fiercely competitive racing.

The community on both sides of the Dart seems to have taken the event to heart as both the Royal Dart and the Dartmouth yacht clubs help extensively with facilities and equipment; without their kind cooperation the event would not be as highly rated throughout the south west as it has become over the past decade  since its conception!

Many individuals give their time to help the event, and sales of tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches make a considerable contribution to the club's finances for the coming year. Also key among those who help out are the Harbour Authority, the local community police and the District Council who help the Giggers by allowing the use of the harbour, the parking of competitors' vehicles, and the storage of the long trailers on Coronation Park for the afternoon.

Provisionally it is hoped to run the event again next year on the 11th April 2009 as the tidal conditions are exactly right on that Saturday.

Rowing in the pilot gigs is great fun and all ages and levels of experience are catered for! Anyone who would like to join in should contact Halina Brown on 834855 and, as ever, will be made most welcome!


2.    Farmers' Market

This Saturday morning Dartmouth's small but perfectly formed Farmers' Market is taking place in the Old Market.  This is where you can meet the locals and buy local fish, meat, vegetables and other locally produced specialities that will make your mouth water.  Here are some photos of previous events.

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3.    Councillors turn pirates


Dartmouth Town Mayor officially opened the scary ride at Woodlands this week with a bottle of Champagne.  Certain Town Councillors ignored advice and rode at the back of the boat where the G Forces were maximised.  It took one councillor two glasses of wine and a good meal (thoughtfully provided by Woodlands) before he could stand up properly.  The adventure park is brilliant and would take a good 6 hours to do everything.  We hope to do a full length feature later in the year?


4.     Small News  

  • There are just a few tickets left for the St George's dinner on 23rd April from Phil Roe, Hon. Secretary on 833232
     

  • Book now for a Murder Mystery Dinner on Thursday 24th April at The Royal Castle Hotel. A night of trickery, intrigue and a three course dinner for only £32.50 per person.  Call 01803 833033 to book your table.
     

  • Di from Dartmouth Caring reports: Three local Dartmouth businesses, thatís Danielli, The Cove and Just Moi are staging a fashion show on Monday 21st April at the Royal Castle Hotel in aid of Dartmouth Caring. Sarah from Danielli will be previewing her summer collection, Lucy from The Cove will be offering treatments and therapies prior to the show and Jane from Juste Moi will be previewing their summer spring collection and lingerie. This should be a fun event and to emphasise that fashion is for all, one of Dartmouth Caring's lunch club members will be a model. The event commences at 12 noon at the Royal Castle in the NU restaurant.  The event includes a buffet lunch with a welcome drink of Bucks Fizz and each entrance ticket will be entered into a draw, for which each of the three stores have donated a prize.

    Tickets are available at a cost of £20.00 from Danielli, 32 Lower St (833233), The Cove, Hauley Rd (770191) or Juste Moi, 6 Foss St (833070).  Do come and support your local community by supporting Dartmouth Caring (835384) for this event.
     

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  • Images copyright Dave Cawley, Kevin Pyne, Tony Pike & others.


 


 
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