Each Newquay Champs there is something that you remember: a tight race, a down pour of rain, drawing the same boat twice, riding the waves, but no doubt those who have been around a little longer will remember Golden Gear and the harbour wall – 1999.
Ten years ago during the mens champs, Golden Gear and a Devoran crew had a close encounter with the wall of North Quay. Luckily no major injuries were sustained by anyone. The boat although was a different story, taking the full impact of the wall on her bows, she was mended and has been a very active gig for Helford and when called for at Championship events also.
But the boats that year were pretty new – Dasher (Padstow-1989), Falcon (Devoran-1998), Fly (Newquay-1993), Isis (Hayle-1993), Ryder (Looe-1992), Sowenna (Formally Mevagissey-1991). Golden Gear (Helford-1998) until damaged.
The loan procedure then was much different, boats were selected and called to Newquay, it was a huge privilege for a club to have a gig called. You did not nominate a gig as is the case now.
1999 saw 42 ladies crews, 17 junior and 43 mens crews take part.
The more things change the more they stay the same! A decade on and similar clubs still at the top. All change in 2009?
The 1999 Newquay Championships Results
|1||Charlestown A||Fowey||Caradon A|
|2||Falmouth A||Caradon||Par Bay A|
|3||Caradon A||Helford||Roseland A|
|4||Mounts Bay A||Falmouth||Falmouth A|
|5||St Ives A||Hayle||Helford A|
|6||Par Bay A||Newquay||Devoran A|
|7||Dart A||Dart||St Patricks|
|8||Helford A||Polperro||Fowey A|
|9||Fowey A||Mounts Bay||Caradon B|
|10||Dart B||Looe||Zennor A|
|11||Rame A||Truro||Rame A|
|12||Caradon B||Zennor||Charlestown A|
|13||Cape Cornwall||St Goran||Yealm A|
|14||Newquay A||Rame||Looe A|
|16||Yealm B||Cattewater||Mevagissey A|
|17||Devoran A||St Ives||St Ives A|
|21||Hayle A||Cadgwith B|
|22||Newquay B||Rame A|
|23||Yealm A||Falmouth B|
|24||Roseland A||Roseland B|
|26||Par Bay B||Dart B|
|27||Fowey B||Truro A|
|28||Roseland B||Hayle B|
|29||St Ives B||Newquay B|
|30||Cadgwith B||Cattewater A|
|31||Mounts Bay B||Yealm B|
|32||Porthleven||Port Isaac A|
|33||Looe||Mounts Bay B|
|34||Hayle B||Charlestown B|
|35||Zennor B||Mevagissey B|
|36||Mevagissey A||Helford B|
|37||Devoran B||Cattewater B|
|38||Helford B||Zennor B|
|39||Mevagissey B||Teign B|
|42||Polperro||St Ives B|