Beautiful Bermuda

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Now that the summer season and Newquay are all finished, many will be turning to winter training ready for IOS 2019. But some of us skipped the freezing temperatures and dark nights to indulge in a little late season full on racing in warmer climes. The Argus International Gig Regattas, hosted by the Bermuda gig clubs, seemed the best place to top up the tans!

Three separate gig regattas at the 3 club bases and several training and social rows made for a fantastic week of gig rowing. Many from the UK took up the challenge with several teams making the trip and numerous individuals too, making up various ‘Barbarian’ crews.

Bermudian gig rowing has come a long way since it started some 5 or so years ago, with their Men’s and Ladies ‘A’ crews taking overall wins in great style. Watch out for them next year at IOS 2019!

After the meet and greet social Saturday night, the first regatta was a 1000m straight line dash across St. George’s harbour. The second, a lovely days racing where everybody was drawn in mixed Barbarian crews at the Mangrove Bay base. Finished off with the more traditional ‘Kite’ course at Admirals Cove near Spanish Point: what a location, and a great closing after party!

Cotehele Quay’s ‘Rum Runners’ Ladies came and impressive 2nd overall in the ladies while the ‘Jurassic’ men’s supervets crew took 3rd overall in the men’s (but did win the ‘Handicap’ series).

Where else could you row a pink gig on golden yellow sands with palm trees in crystal clear warm turquoise waters under a blue sky? Someone’s got to do it.

Written by Jerry Boaden

Overall Ladies’ Results:

  • 1st – SPBC Salty Sirens
  • 2nd – Cotehele Quay Rum Runners
  • 3rd – East End Gigglers
  • 4th – SPBC Nauti Gals
  • 5th – Team Jurassic
  • 6th – Jerry & the Pacemakers, Row Cornish, No Buoys
  • 9th – Trian-Gals
  • 10th – London Cornish
  • 11th – Island Paradise

Overall Men’s Results:

  • 1st – SPBC Wonder Stroke
  • 2nd – Stragglers
  • 3rd – Team Jurassic
  • 4th – Rock Island
  • 5th – Rowing Pains
  • 6th – London Cornish

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4 Comments on "Beautiful Bermuda"

  1. Helen Nance

    I was there one of just three Rame rowers this time. Ali and I rowed with four ladies we hadn’t met before as team name Row Cornish at the first event, and came 4/11 crews in the sprint race. We had a great time, winning the plate race at the last event as crew Jerry Rows Cornish. A crew made up of UK and Bermuda ladies with plenty of encouragement from cox Jerry Boaden.
    People are lovely, Bermuda is beautiful and I would certainly recommend it.

  2. Tania Stafford

    As a Bermudian I was privileged to cox a mixed squad with couples from Rame and Team Jurassic on the long distance row through the waters and islands in St. George’s harbour and we were thrilled to post joint first times with a Bermuda boat in the first wave. In the second wave, the Cotehele Quay ladies (and Stuart) matched the time for a joint 3-way finish and the well earned prize of bragging rights and bottles of Goslings rum.

  3. John van het Veld

    Thoroughly enjoyed playing host to everyone. All I can say is that one should keep a week in late October 2020 open for our NEXT Argus International Gig Regatta. Hope to see all of you and new rowers back. Mark it on your calendars – October 2020. Oh, and Jerry, nice picture of the pink gig at Castle Rock.

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