3 Rivers

Three Rivers is one of the larger events in the GigRower calendar. Last year saw around 65 gigs and over 750 rowers taking part.

The 2017 event will be held on March 4th
Details about the 2017 event are here 

This 5 mile river race under the iconic Tamar bridge is one which is always exciting and is particularly important as it not only marks the start of the racing season but it will be the only chance many of the top crews will get to see their rivals before the World Championships in Scilly less than 2 months later.

Most clubs will now have done their initial selection for Scillies and Three Rivers is a great chance to see how the new crew combinations perform under race conditions. For the top crews tactics also come into play, with Scilly as the focus they will be keen to use the event to their best advantage – to test out their crew, boat and see how they match up to rival crews. Some will not want to show their full hand and will try and hold something back. In the past some crews have even been known not to race at all in an effort to keep the element of surprise for Scilly.

Whatever your crew, Three Rivers is normally a shock to the system. Most GigRowers will just be getting back into training proper after Christmas and the 5 mile race is certainly a test of fitness and endurance – a chance to open the lungs and get a gauge of how much work you still have to do before the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Most of you will be Three Rivers veterans, and know what to expect. If this is your first time then here are a few top tips:

  • Cold: It’s not uncommon for it to be freezing at the event, so remember light warm clothes that you can take off just before the start.
  • Hands: Lots of people suffer with numb hands if it is cold, gloves whilst warming up are a good idea.
  • Fluids: It’s a long race, so make sure you get plenty of fluids onboard.
  • Tide: Coxes be aware that up to three knots of tide can run and this has a big effect on the race and berthing. Make sure you row up into the stream as you come alongside.
  • First mark: Like many gig races the first mark is vital, although some position change after most don’t. Don’t blow your arms or kill your crew on the first leg, but make sure you give them a good hard push to get a good position round that first and second mark before you stretch out for the third and longest leg.
  • Parking: Is usually restricted around the gig launching sites – with only towers permitted down on to the unloading area. The Saltash car parks are usually recommended. Full details are sent out via club secretaries close to the event.
  • Food: On sale within the Caradon clubhouse.
  • Directions: See the Event posting here for a LOCATION MAP

The Course

This map was drawn a couple of years ago. The route remains roughly the same. The mark turns at the top of the course have switched to a bowside row-round since 2013 but a decision on this for 2017 will be finalised nearer the day.


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