Two Castles Race 13th October 2013 – Cox Info

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Thank you all for your entries into this year’s Two Castles Gig Race on Sunday 13th October. Please find attached information for launching, maps, directions and the Cox’s brief.

For those of you who have entered but still need to provide information for the type of crew or boat name, can you please do this by Thursday 10th October at the latest.

If you are holding a trophy from last year, please ensure that you return it as soon as possible or confirm that you will be bringing it along on the day.

If you have any further questions, please contact me on 01325 214552 or


Two Castles Race 13th October 2013

Coxswains briefing


Tide times on the day, times are for current British Summer Time:


High Water   1250 4.3m

Low Water    1930 1.6m


See the attached map for Ponsharden location.  At this time of year the main entrance gates are locked so use the lower gate to enter and leave the car/boat park i.e. the gate which is adjacent to Falmouth Marina.


For those of you new to the race, rowing time from Ponsharden Park and ride to the start line is approx.  45 minutes. The race will start at 1300.


Please read this message from Falmouth Harbour Master’s Office concerning working boat races on the morning of the 13th:


We have consulted the working boat fraternity and they have confirmed that they are racing in the inner harbour anchorage at 12:00 on Sunday 13th October. Their course is usually to sail out of the harbour and turn at the Governor buoy and then re-enter and turn off Custom House Quay. Three circuits is the norm.


The Falmouth Gig crews that launch from the Watersports Centre should aim for the County wharf and stay close to the docks when they exit the port to go to the start line. This should keep them away from the working boats as they come into the anchorage area off Custom House Quay where there will be a turning mark. All other gigs will launch from Ponsharden Park and Ride, but you still need to keep a good lookout for the working boats.


The Working boats usually race for about 90 minutes so they will potentially be in the same area of the harbour as your gigs. As you know, they move very quickly if it is windy, so you will need to brief all of the gigs to be aware of them when you are under race conditions, especially when they are in the docks area.


1        Start line will be approximately half a mile from St Anthony Lighthouse,   between the start boat to the south east of St Anthony and a second vessel to the south west of Pendennis Point. The flag will go down as soon as the starter feels the line is fair.


2        Gigs must carry a radio and channel 72 will be used for communications.  Depending on sea and weather conditions and to avoid unnecessary delays gigs may be called forward in line for a rolling start.


3        The course is a straight race in to the docks and all boats must leave Black Rock Buoy and Black Rock Beacon to starboard. Overtaking boats must leave clear water to overtake.  No weaving please, especially as you enter the docks area where manoeuvring can sometimes be restricted by other vessels.


4        On entering the docks area there will be a race official boat stationed to mark the eastern breakwater. In order to avoid potential problems with vessels leaving the docks area this boat must be left to port.


5        The finish boat will be positioned between the outer end of County Wharf and the outer end of the Port Pendennis pontoons. Ensure you cross the line between the boat and County Wharf.


6        The course may be altered on the day due to weather conditions or shipping movements. If there are any alterations to this format you will be advised by the shore personnel on arrival or by radio.


7        Following the race all gigs are invited to moor up on the Museum pontoon, collect a token and take some (free) refreshments.  Enjoy!                         



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