County junior gig championships

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Newquay Junior Gig Championships 2012

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While Team GB set up to do battle at Dorney, potential future stars took to the water at Newquay for the 2012 County Gig Championships. Summer holidays led to several crews having to withdraw on the day, leaving 20 crews to compete in the fleet of 6 boats.

Although the weather was bright and sunny a fresh breeze gave the sea more than a bit of life, with awkward side lop up the first leg, and some big waves lifting the bows out of the water along the second leg. The first round took crews between 13 and 20 minutes to complete with the seas making for some tough conditions for the more novice crews.

Going in to the championships there were a handful of crews who were in with a chance of victory. Caradon and Coverack had been experiencing some tough racing at the major events, with Caradon taking both the mixed championship and the Tribute. However, Cadgwith had not travelled to the bigger regattas and had gone unbeaten on the local circuit. Once the quarter finals had been completed, these three crews stood out with the fastest times of the day, all drew each other in the first semi final. All three clubs also had B crews make it in to the final 12.

Times got faster throughout the day as conditions improved slightly, and 6 crews lined up at 5pm for the final which was to be raced over a longer course. Cadgwith were favourites going in to the final having raced the fastest semi, although everyone knows anything can happen at Newquay! Cadgwith, Caradon and Coverack lined up in the outside berths, joined by Looe, Fowey and Cotehele Quay.

The crews from Looe and Fowey were to also contest the mixed category trophy, with each crew fielding 3 male and 3 female rowers. Cotehele Quay, a relatively new club were lining up in their first junior final.

Clashing off the start left Caradon and Coverack with several lengths to make up as Cadgwith made the most of their power to pull ahead. The gap closed slightly as the crews made their way up to the first buoy, but as the leading crew rounded the mark and ploughed in to the waves it was clear that Cadgwith were the crew to beat. The six lads extended their lead to several lengths as they rowed away from Caradon, who were lying in second place. The positions failed to change for the rest of the race and Cadgwith took the rate up to cross the line to finish lengths clear of the rest of the field. Caradon came in second, with Coverack a couple of lengths behind in third. Fowey finished in 4th place, winning the mixed category from Looe in 5th. Cotehele Quay came in sixth.

Cadgwith took home the lions share of the prizes, with their all girls crew winning the female trophy as well. The spotlight was solely on the juniors, with Newquay reverting back to a separate championship for this year.


Crews travelled to Copperhouse Pool in Hayle on ‘Super Saturday’ for the under 14 championships. Close racing throughout the day saw Fowey emerge as champions, with Coverack in second and Caradon in third.

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