TAVISTOCK Young Farmers hand in hand with a local publican and former young farmer made a huge impression at the inaugural Port of Plymouth Regatta in the novice gig racing competition. Allowed just two training sessions with Bere Alston gig club Tamar and Tavy, the young farmers finished second out of 13 after three gruelling races off Mount Batten, and won the dry land rowing machine competition. Helen Blowey (22), Kerry Lloyd (24), Phil Blowey (20), Richard Steer(22), Goerge Steer, Nick Edwards (21), Jo Cox (22) and Liam Mills (20) were deftly coxed by Tamar and Tavy rower Julie Williams. The rowers, some of whom had travelled back from the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells for the evening?s rowing, had brought a strong band of support which put the more demure city folk in the shade when it came to sheering their crew. The lads and girls were sponsored by Rob White of the Blacksmith?s Arms in Lamerton who was justly very proud of how the team had done in the racing. The crew not only earned a certificate for their excellent rowing, but the respect of all the other crews and organisers of the event. TYFC secretary rower Helen Blowey said the crew had thoroughly enjoyed the experience: ?We owe thanks to Rob White for sponsoring us. He is an ex YFC member and now is on the advisory committee. I think he likes the idea of us falling out of the boat!?