Saturday 16th July was the third full Tribute race of the 2011 series at Paignton, and once again Falmouth staked their claim to the top of the leaderboard with all 4 senior crews pulling off impressive wins.
Mens A had another eventful race being second to Mount’s Bay at the first mark, traditionally the point at which the race order settles down. They demonstrated their world champion form though and after the odd clash and collision with both Caradon and Roseland managed to row through Mounts Bay about half way down the last leg to finish ahead in 13.01 minutes. Caradon weren’t far behind in second followed by Mounts Bay and Roseland. Mens B led their race from the first leg with a healthy lead at the first mark before facing a serious challenge from Caradon who made up ground fast on the last leg. Thanks to a couple of well executed pushes the Falmouth crew held their lead to pip their competitors on the line, in 13.31, both finishing considerably ahead of the rest of the pack.
Ladies A also demonstrated why they’ve held the world and county titles for so long, pulling away from the line, setting up a lead of several lengths and holding it in style to finish well ahead of the other boats in an impressive 13.50. Not to be left out Ladies B were also ahead at the first mark, establishing and despite a strong field maintaining their lead to finish comfortably clear of the other crews. Next weekend sees the final Tribute event at Rame on Saturday 23rd, with one event in the series cancelled and 3 out of 3 wins so far at the rest for all 4 crews it will be an enjoyable end to a challenging but highly successful Series. After that, the next challenge will the County Championships at Newquay during September before winter training for Scillies 2012 begins.