Falmouth host successful gig rowing sprint event

ON Saturday it was Falmouth’s turn to host the weekend’s gig racing off Gyllyngvase Beach, making best use of the Bay’s clear waters to trial a new format for the day which proved popular with spectators and rowers alike, writes Lucy Richards.

Like most of the summer’s events previous Falmouth regattas have seen racing round marks using a kite shaped course.

This year the club decided to break with tradition and put on a series of knock-out based short sprints from the shore just off Castle Beach back to finish off Gylly.

‘Repechage’ heats meant that crews who didn’t make it through the first heat had another chance to make the final and at least two races to pass the day.

Despite last minute changes to crews, Falmouth rowed in characteristically strong style with all the senior crews taking first in their respective finals in club race gig Black Rock.

Mounts Bay in Kenza took second in both the Ladies’ A race, followed by Falmouth Ladies’ B in Faith borrowed from Devoran, and Men’s A closely followed by Flushing and Mylor in Penarrow.

Falmouth Ladies’ C proved club boat Idas is still a contender coming second in the Ladies’ B heats pushed to the end by local rivals Flushing in Penarrow and Helford in Pedn Billy.

Flushing pushed the hosts hard to take second in Men’s B as well, followed by Falmouth Mens C in Idas and Helford in Pedn Billy.

The Junior race, held over the same course as the senior crews saw Cadgwith Under 16s work solidly through the competition in Rose of Cadgwith, followed by Porthleven in St Elvan and Helford in Pedn Billy, Flushing in Penarrow and Falmouth in Black Rock.

Porthleven’s Under 14s, the only crew in that sector, rowed a slightly shorter course in Idas but showed real determination to hold back the competition only being overtaken close to the finish line.

The mixed veterans’ race followed, with Helford taking the trophy from Truro in Royal, closely followed by Mount’s Bay in Kenza and Flushing in Penarrow.

The Jonnie Ellis Cup, awarded for performance of day, went to Flushing and Mylor for their consistently outstanding rowing, and celebrating.

Feedback from several rowers and spectators was that the day was a success, with several clubs saying the different format enabled them to give rowers a taste of racing who might not normally have had the opportunity and spectators appreciating being able to follow the race over the whole course.

The club thanked those who helped to achieve that success – Gyllyngvase Beach Cafe, who provided refreshments throughout the day; Gigrower for the support and umpire boats; Nick Maxted for exercising a tight control over the start line, all the other clubs who came to race and their members, including Devoran ladies who lent a welcome hand getting gigs onto the beach and last not least Kate Thomas, club Secretary for her persistent battle with rules and regulations that made the day possible.

Results of the final races on Saturday are as follows (we’ll try to get hold of the pool and repechage race results as well, there were some excellent close finishes in these races too).

Ladies A –

Black Rock
Kensa
Faith
Petroc
Penarrow
Royal
Pedn Billy

Mens A –

Black Rock
Kensa
Penarrow
Avarack
St Elvan
Faith

Ladies B –

Black Rock
Idas
Penarrow
Pedn Billy
Kensa
Rose
Faith
Azook

Mens B –

Black Rock
Penarrow
Idas
Pedn Billy
Kensa
Azook
Sarafina
Royal

Juniors –

Rose
St Elvan
Pedn Billy
Penarrow
Black Rock
Idas
Sarafina
Kensa

Veterans (mixed) –

Pedn Billy
Royal
Kensa
Penarrow
Avarack
Cream of Cornwall
Faith
Zeus
Black Rock
Brissons
Sarafina

 

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