Ralph Bird

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.: SAD NEWS :.

On 2nd November, the gig builder Ralph Bird passed away.

The funeral service will be at Truro Cathedral at 12:30pm on Tuesday 10th November, this will be followed by committal at Penmount Crematorium for anyone who would like to attend.

The family have requested that there be no flowers but donations for Ralph’s chosen charity the Pinnacle-5

Also at the request of Ralph they would like rowers to be in their club colours.

A true testimony to the far-reaching effect he has had reviving the traditions of gig rowing.

Below is the list of gigs built by Ralph and a great many people will feel connected to them. If you’d like to leave comments, stories or thoughts please do so using the link at the top of this post.

Gig Date Club Builder
Buller 1986 Cadgwith R Bird
William Peters 1987 Roseland R Bird
Royal 1988 Truro R Bird
Lyonnesse 1988 PrivateWas MB R Bird
Rhos 1989 Roseland R Bird
Rival (Sold 07/06) 1989 Was Fowey B’castle Crack R Bird
Ann Glanville 1990 Caradon R Bird
Energetic 1991 Porthleven R Bird
Fear Not 1991 Devoran R Bird
Fury 1992 Falmouth R Bird
Fly 1993 Newquay R Bird
Isis 1993 Hayle R Bird
Rose of Cadgwith 1994 Cadgwith R Bird
Helford 1995 Helford R Bird
Sea Hawk 1996 Culdrose R Bird
Idas 1996 Falmouth R Bird
Golden Gear 1998 Helford R Bird
Azook 1999 Hayle R Bird
Hope 2000 Newquay R Bird
St. Elvan 2002 Porthleven R Bird
Dall Lewyer 2003 CRAB R Bird
Katherin Rose 2003 Porthgain R Bird
Bedehaven 2004 Bude R Bird
Bryanck 2005 St. Agnes R Bird
Ella Louise 2006 Porthgain R Bird
Ralph Bird 2007 Porthgain R Bird
4 Oared Gigs
Boy Ben Porthgain R Bird
Regatta Bude R Bird
Isles of Scilly
Galatea St Martins R Bird
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  1. Dave Pearce

    Sad news indeed, lots of memories of the early days from the very start and before. my sincere codolences to all of Ralphs family very fitting to have a gig named after him.

  2. Jerry

    I never met Ralph personally, except on that extraordinary evening in September when we gathered outside his house in gigs to say thank you. I only got into gig rowing in the last 18 months, but am glad he had the foresight and skill that enabled so many to enjoy a sport that I can see will become a west country way of life for generations to come.

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