Thanks – all went well at Buller Day, Cadgwith Gig Club’s annual race event. The day, and our first gig Buller, built in 1986, are both named in honour of the late Richard ‘Buller’ Arthur who was instrumental in rekindling interest in gigs in the cove, and Cornwall more widely.
We were fortunate in having a sunny day and calm seas, which made for a great afternoon’s racing, against the picturesque back drop of the cove, decked out in flags and bunting. There were 17 visiting gigs, and our own gigs Tamarisk, Rose, Socoa and Buller in action, making for some tight competition particularly turning the marks on the kite course. Clubs travelled all the way from Bristol and Salcombe, as well as from across Cornwall to join us, at what is always a popular event on the circuit. Falmouth, reigning world champions, were in fine form, taking the Ladies A and B, Mens A and B, and Vets races in their new boat Black Rock. Their ladies even put several of the mens crews to shame, as they went round the course for a second time in the Mens B race, finishing with much of the fleet behind them. Luckily for the men, the ladies placing had to be disallowed!
Cadgwith Juniors were out in force with 2 under 16s, and 3 under 14 crews, both titles being retained by home crews, and the U14s fresh from their success the previous weekend in the U14 County Championships at Hayle. Mounts Bay took the Mixed title.
Rachel Holder, Gig Club Secretary said “It’s been a fantastic day’s racing. To see so many gigs lined up against the backdrop of the cove we know so well is something special, and we’re pleased to be able to share the day with fellow rowers from far and wide. Many thanks to all who helped make it happen”.
The day was filmed as part of a series to be aired on BBC2 next year. A camera crew has been based in Cadgwith all summer, following presenter Monty Halls as he tries his hand at fishing, learning from the crabbers based in the cove. Monty rowed with Cadgwith in the Mens B race, and also ran a Crab Taste Test Challenge during the day to raise awareness of sustainable fishing.
The celebrations kicked off with Cadgwith Singers, pasties and a bar on Friday night, and ended with our customary Buller Night party in the gig shed, the weekend raising much needed funds which will allow us to put the finishing touches to our new shed.