Helford River Race 2010

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Saturday 9th October saw the running of the annual Helford River Race from Helford Passage to Gweek. This year saw a good turn out of 20+ gigs as well as a 4 oared “giglet”, flashboats and skiffs.

A strong East wind and following sea meant there would be some very fast times posted and, being a pursuit race, would mean the poor “handicapper” would have their work cut out to sort out start times that were as fair as possible!

As the tide came in, waves were able to reach the beach launch site in front of the Ferry Boat Inn and made for some dumping waves at times. Crews needed to be very quick and precise with their launch as some of the waves were quite powerful and unfortunately Appledore’s “Whitford” suffered some damage during launch and had to be withdrawn.

The starts saw a strongly running tide and big tailwind and mean it was a challenge to just hit the start line at the right time! But, a few minutes after the start the waters were very calm and easy to row in. The shallows at the head of the river caught some crews out and the race was won and lost in the closing stages with gigs coming periously close to running aground at times.

Pursuit race “line honours” and this year’s cup went to Devoran U16s in “Falcon” in a time of 27:03, then Royal (29:58) and Hope (27:49).

Only two crews were faster than the Devoran crew over the course – Falmouth Mens in “Black Rock” (24:51), Flushing & Mylor Mens in “Penarrow” (25:25). Therefore Falmouth won the prize for the fastest crew over the course.

Results sheet – NB these figures taken from a photo of the HRGC results page. Apologies to “Azook” crew, there was no mention of your gig on the sheet! Suggest HRGC may have the missing details?

Update – Now includes finish position “over the line” as well as being sorted by “time to complete the course”.

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  1. Trevor

    As it is a pursuit race it would be useful to know the positions over the line as well as your other very useful statistics.

    In your report you comment about a four oared Giglet! when I think you mean a CY15 Mark 3 Skiff called Sophie set up randan style and built by Kingfisher at Falmouth.

      • Trevor

        Hi Musto,

        Many thanks for your reply and may I pass onto you and all the team at Gigrower my congratulations on your National Award for the best web site, richly deserved.

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