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