Monday 16th July was a memorable day in the history of River Fowey Gig Club, as the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall led a naming ceremony for the club’s new gig, Q, as part of their tour of the South West.
The royal couple were given a guard of honour on Town Quay, with members of the gig club forming an archway with their oars. They were then shown the new boat by club chairman Steve Turpin, before being introduced to juniors coach Jeremy Crap and his U14 crew, fresh from being crowned champions at the Hayle U14 Championships the previous weekend.
The Duchess then officially marked the naming of the boat by pouring a bottle of Cornish sparkling wine across the bow, before the boat was paraded through the narrow streets of Fowey to Old Ferry Slipway where it was launched. The club’s other two wooden boats, Troy and Lantic, then joined Q on the water to take part in a short race from Town Quay to Polruan Castle, which was started by the firing of a cannon.
Q was completed in April this year and is the second gig to be built by Fowey based Louis Hunkin this year, after Sidmouth’s Little Picket.
It takes it’s name from the pen name of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the Cornish author who spent most of his life in Fowey and is best known for The Oxford Book Of English Verse 1250-1900.