Falmouth Gig Club win double gold for the second year running!As defending World Champions in both the men’s and ladies categories, the Falmouth crews arrived on the Isles of Scilly with one aim; to retain their titles for a second consecutive year. Despite the inevitable pressure to succeed they didn’t disappoint and both stormed to victory!The Falmouth ladies crew comprising of Lena Oldrieve, Jenny Shipley, Karen Beswetherick, Caseley Heard, Mel Murray, Esther Oldrieve and Malcolm Hattem (cox) blasted off the start line taking an early lead and then continued to widen the gap, winning by a remarkable seven boat lengths.
The ladies crew has won the World Championships eleven times and it is testament to the club’s depth of rowers that they continue to produce winning crews. From Karen Beswetherick, who has just won her ninth World Championship gold medal, to Mel Murray who on Sunday won her first, they are just as hungry to win as each other.
Seven times World Champion Lena Oldrieve, said that crossing the finish line was “the best it’s ever been! All the gigs were lined up with their oars in the air chanting Black Rock, it was truly emotional.”After a nail-biting win last year, winning in just in the final moments of the race, Falmouth men returned to Scilly with an unchanged line up. The highly dedicated crew: Matt Pullen, Jordan Smith, Fergus Muller, Adam Anderson, Jamie Maxted, Simon Moses and Amelia Muller (cox) aimed to win the race with the short and fast stroke that they developed last year. Unfortunately the start didn’t quite go to plan with the crew slipping back to their main rivals Looe, Caradon and Par, however, keeping cool heads and remaining confident the crew quickly pulled ahead of the opposition finishing with a boat length of clear water.
Amelia Muller, the cox of the Men’s crew expressed that she was “extremely proud to be the cox of such an inspiring crew.”The club couldn’t have achieved such a high level of success without the help of their main sponsor Cornwall College. Russell Lawrance’s training programmes and constant support have been an integral part of Falmouth’s victory.