Thursday 28th June saw the 5 boat fleet of Caradon gig club lined up on the beach at Saltash for the official launch & naming of the Amazon and the Galley Slave.
A grant from SITA Cornwall Trust allowed the club to add the Amazon, built by Dave Currah, to their fleet with the aim of getting more rowers on the water. The purchase of the Amazon has been a part of a project aimed to develop the clubs younger rowers. A strong link with Saltash.net school has seen the clubs junior section grow considerably in the past few years, and the new project aims to encourage these young rowers to stay on with the club to row as adults.
The grant from SITA, along with support from Sport Englands ‘Small Grants’ scheme has also allowed the club to purchase 6 rowing machines which will be based at the school as up until now the club has relied on 2 borrowed machines.
The development squad chose the design of this years club clothing which has been subsidised thanks to the grant and also through sponsorship from the Plough Boy Inn, Saltash.
Thursday also saw the naming of the Galley Slave, the clubs GRP training boat built by Richard Bland. The boat was brought using club funds, much of which has been raised through the hard work of the clubs ‘food ladies’ who serve at regattas and events.
Steve Kent, founder member, spoke at the launch – which saw the clubs oldest boat ‘Ann Glanville’ lined up next to the newer gigs as a reminder of where the club started.
Caradon will be competing at regattas across the South West this summer along with their development squad. The club won the junior mixed championship at the clubs home event in June with a crew containing 4 development squad rowers.
For pictures of the launch see the clubs facebook page ‘Caradon Gig Club’ http://www.facebook.com/#!/CaradonGigClub Follow Caradon on twitter: @CaradonGigClub