Photo from Tommy Tonkins
World ‘Plastic’ Gig Championships – 2015
Pendeen Pilot Gig Club held their ‘World Plastic Gig Championships’ again this weekend. Another last chance for crews to get out and race before the longer established ‘Wooden’ World Championships in less than 3 weeks’ time. Pendeen’s Club Secretary, Geoff sent in this report for us.
Following the first, very small, and slightly ‘tongue in cheek’, GRP World Pilot Gig Championships, held at Marazion, Pendeen Gig Club moved their event the following year to Sandy Cove at Newlyn.
With kind permission from the Newlyn Harbour Commissioners, Saturday 11th April saw the 5th of these events, with 15 Club entries, 16 GRP gigs and 2 single crews – who shared a gig from other clubs, just to get in some race training. Rowers filled a sunny Sandy Cove with cars, refreshments, people, colour, racing and the thing that Pendeen always pride themselves for, FUN. With a full set of 8 races and rowers from age 10 to some in their 70’s, the usual mix of expert crews pitted themselves against each other to test their standards ready for the real World Championships. But there were also novices in their first race, the day went smoothly with a great atmosphere.
There were some surprising winners and the coveted ‘Wooden Pig’ went to Hayle following the final race, where they and Pendeen were the only two boats; but despite Pendeen winning the race, we did need to declare our one under age rower at a mere 39.
Our thanks to Trevor Deakin, GRP builder, for his support and to everyone else that came and made the day so successful. We couldn’t do it without you. We loved your company and will be waiting for you all to defend your trophies next year.
Photo of results from Charlotte Stevens on Facebook.