Gig launch :: Watch and Pray

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After last weekend’s launch of Clevedon’s new Gig ‘Watch and Pray’, weather forecasts were in demand as the Club planned the Big Row Home from Bristol to Clevedon on Saturday, March 12th.  The day dawned bright, sunny and calm but a last minute hiccup almost caused a major upset when a technical fault with the lock gate sluices forced a departure delay of 45 minutes, with tide timing critical for arrival in Clevedon.  Fortunately the glitch was fixed

and the Gig slipped into the River Avon, sailing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and headed for its first stop and crew change at Shirehampton Saling Club, made in a better than planned time.  Then into the Bristol Channel, dodging the Car Carriers sailing out of Royal Portbury Dock, and on for a further crew change at Portishead Sailing Club before the last leg to Clevedon.  On arrival the crew were treated to a large welcoming crowd lining the famous Pier, Promenade and slipway.  After a few posing rows around the Bay, ‘Watch and Pray’ was landed and  ceremonially paraded to her new parking place adjacent to the Pier entrance, where the public are able to admire the great craftsmanship which has gone into building this latest Gig (number 152 on the CPGA register).  The Row over a distance of 14 n. miles was achieved in a better than expected time of 3.25 hours including stops, a proud achievement for a mix of novice and experienced rowers.Saturday 5th March …. a great day for Clevedon Pilot Gig Club after two years of hard work as we launch our new Gig ‘Watch and Pray’ from the Underfall Yard in Bristol.  A very large crowd of members, supporters and invited guests, including the Lord Mayor of Bristol, saw the gig being blessed, named and sprinkled with water from Clevedon and the Scilly Isles.


She was then launched into Bristol Harbour and the crew for the first row were the founder members of the Club plus two members of Bristol Pilot Gig Club in recognition of their tremendous support and encouragement.   All agreed that Boatbuilder Win Cnoops and his team have achieved a really superb piece of craftmanship and finish.


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