Saturday 31st March will be a big day for St Ives Pilot Gig Club with the re launch of their Gig ‘Porthminster’ at the slipway at midday. She will be re dedicated by Pastor Kenny Bassett and the launch will be followed by a celebration with buns and lemonade for the youngsters. This was always the way new boats were welcomed at St Ives, and ‘Porthminster’ will be substantially a new boat, The damage that nearly destroyed her last August was so extensive as to require twelve new planks and dozens of steamed and riveted frames. ‘Gig Doctor’ Brian Nobbs has carried out a mammoth task in getting ‘Porthminster’ ready for sea again.
‘Porthminster’ was the St Ives Club’s first gig, having been built twenty years ago by Peter Foard at Mevagissey, and has been raced at events all over the County and at Scilly during this time. On Saturday she will be joined by the Club’s other racing gig ‘Defiance’ so there will be an opportunity for our St Ives supporters to look over both boats, and given suitable conditions have a short row.
The re dedication will be attended by Mayor Ken Tulley, and supported by the Sailing Club, who have helped the Gig Club in the past with the loan of their safety boat. There will be stalls, a raffle and a prize ‘Guess the weight of ‘Porthminster’ competition.
Training for the Ladies’ and Men’s crews continues at Carbis Bay on Monday and Thursday evenings, in preparation for the ‘World Championships’ at Scilly in May. Our Junior Squad meets at 5 00 on Wednesdays. Rowers of all ages are welcome, our youngest rowers are in Year 7 at School, and our oldest regular competitor is in his 60s. Contact Keilson on 07730 929666 or just turn up at Carbis Bay if you would like to row.