Sorry for the delay but CIBRA (The Cornish Inflatable Boat Rowers Association) have only just ratified the results from the Helford Head of the river race after a competitor lodged a complaint that they were not taken seriously by the event organiser. CIBRA have now received a written apology from Helford Gig Club and can confirm the following results …
This years Head of the River Race at Helford will see a break away group of inflatable tenders taking part to mark the historic sale of ‘Elvis’.
Elvis is a 2.1m inflatable tender that started life in the fire services rescuing old ladies from flooded villages on the floodplains of Yorkshire, it is estimated that the little tender carried over 500 people to safety in its life before being bought by Sir Lulu Stevenson a retired Rear Admiral from the Hungarian Navy. Records are then a little blurry through the late 90s until the boat appears on the registry of shipping belonging to Mike Crutch of Flushing.
Uncomfirmed rumors place the little tender off the African coast in 1996 and then on a small Duck Pond in Peru in 1999.
The famous tender will be competing in the Helford Head of the River Race this weekend and other inflatable tenders are invited to join in the race which will start around 2 hours before the other boats.
Each craft must carry …
It needs to be inflatable
Room for a small bookcase and selection of interesting novels
Flask of tea
Road map of West Cornwall
Radio (FM or AM)
A crab knife
A selection of interesting cheeses