The first major test of the gig-racing year
For many clubs the 3 Rivers Race organised by Caradon Gig Club marks the start of the gig racing season. It’s a goal which many clubs base their winter training upon – with its long distance course along the Tamar River demanding good base fitness and endurance from the rowers.
Usually held at the beginning of March, it’s sometimes a cold event but often surprises with calm and sunny conditions. The sight of so many gigs out on the water en masse for the first time in months is always, however, a heart-warming spectacle and gives a taste of the highly anticipated World Championships on Scilly which will follow around 8 weeks later.
This does sometimes vary depending on the anticipated conditions on the day. Tides play a big part in the speed of each section. But here is an idea of the typical course which gigs race – starting and finishing in the river under the Tamar Bridge.
Course length is around 6 miles and passes through the Tamar, Tavy & Lynher Rivers. As a very rough estimate men’s crews can expect to finish in 40 – 50 minutes and ladies crews in under an hour.
Video from the 2010 event: