Falmouth :: Report, Pics & Results

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On the 6th June 1944, D-Day, the largest armada in human history made it’s way towards the French coast.

65 years on a grey wet morning saw Falmouth’s popular Gyllyngvase beach filled by an armada of gigs, rowers and supporters. Hardy souls were erecting gazebos, queuing for tea and discussing tactics. With this the first large event since the World Championships, who would battle to the top?

Just under 50 boats lined up on Gyllyngvase beach yesterday for the first Tribute Series event in the 2009 racing calender.


Overcast skies and persistent rain met the thousand plus rowers that arrived for the days racing.  As the mens crews set out for the first race of the day the rain stopped and slowly the skys cleared and made way for a glorious afternoon of racing.


The ‘Mens A’ race was won by Caradon who had a blistering start and made the turn mark in first position and went on to finish ahead of Par, Mounts Bay and Falmouth who came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

The Ladies A race saw Falmouth dominate beating world champions Roseland who came in 3rd behind Caradon.

For a full list of results click here. (Updated, this a new PDF the old one had errors this one is correct. 19:42 Monday)

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Top-3’s in each class :
Mens A – Caradon / Par Bay / Mounts Bay
Mens B – Caradon / Mounts Bay / Falmouth
Mens C – Mounts Bay / Helford / Falmouth
Ladies A – Falmouth / Caradon / Roseland
Ladies B – Falmouth / Caradon / Mounts Bay
Ladies C – Flushing & Mylor / Mounts Bay / Falmouth
U16 – Penryn / Mounts Bay / Fowey

The day was a huge success and well done to all  those who helped make the day run smoothly.

Once again the problems with round the buoy racing were highlighted as start line lane allocation became a significant factor in the final results board.  This was most apparent on the Mens A race as many of the boats passed the six length mark abreast of each other in the same order as the start lane giving a significant advantage to the inside boats and one has to ask if a straight line race would be fairer? Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment to this post …

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  1. Fi

    Totally agree with the lane allocations being a significant factor in final race positions, having water round the first mark but being in lane 1 (nearest the starter boat) meant we had to take evasive action else there would have been a pile up. Not good, we lost at least 4 places (I reckon), is that fair? Suppose it makes it interesting, but perhaps more dangerous than it needs to be?

  2. Kath Dodd

    The starts at Falmouth were a farce. In the Ladies B race our boat was at least 4 boats back from any other but every time we moved up we were told we were across the line and told to back up. Our supporters from the shore thought we were in another heat we were that far back. The start line needs to be a straight line and thats the end of it.

  3. I’ve got to say, the start was farily fast in the Men’s races, but the line in any race was no where near straight and fair. Each year the courses seem to be getting shorter and shorter, it use to around 14 minutes for a Tribute or Starred event race. When times come in not far of 10 minutes, it’s no wonder that boats were approaching the mark in a line. Even though its only 12 in a heat, crews are so evenly matched these days, there is going to be blame placed on the first mark. Isn’t it normal practice for berth one to be on the inside?

    Other than that, well run, the day took a while though! Getting there at 10am and then having to stand around for 3 hours! Note to self, don’t go with the gig next time.


  4. Dan

    There is an element of ‘luck of the draw’ in the berth you get, but I agree with Ryan, crews are getting better at beating down that first leg. It doesn’t always make for a procession though as turning well/poorly or having a strong final leg will see most situations sorted.
    Having an astute cox thinking two or three steps ahead is getting more and more important as they can win or lose you one or two places each mark and with crews getting to the mark together it makes or breaks your race.
    Just a thought…what about an M shaped course? Could it just make things more interesting/worse? A wide diamond/ a square would give crews time to pass others between marks and jostle for position. Any thoughts?

  5. Stevo

    I like Dans idea of an M shaped course it would make life more interesting and also give the stroke side a chance to ease up whilst bowside do a bit of work [altho im bowside so i dont know why i like the idea haha] I would definatly like to see an M shape.

  6. Dan

    You’re right bob there was a squeeze right next to us as the flag went down, luckily we just missed getting caught up in it.

  7. adam

    i see the appeal of an ‘m’ shaped course, but it would mean the first mark would be extremely tight, over 100 degrees

  8. Nath

    As we came up to the line there was no room for us or the boat next to us. The boat next to us quite clearly stated on the radio to the umpire that there was no room but the flag went down anyway.

  9. rower

    Hi I checked the line before the start of the Mens A race and it was fair all the crews who were top 5 at Scillies Were top 5 to the bouy in pretty much a line which after 6 mins racing should be expected, however the line after that was far from fair as the start boat was dragging its anchor therfore changing the start line, by the time the mixed race came the outside boats were starting at least 2 lengths up!! The draw always plays a factor but that has always been the case and its what makes it interesting!

    • Tinks

      Did not have a chance to take many pics I am afraid, trying to get some more uploaded from other rowers. Watch this space. Toby

  10. rower

    That the boats on the outside of the line are slightly ahead and the line is staggered may actually be fairer anyway. It eliminates the advantage of the inside boats on the mark and stops births from being ‘luck of the draw’. Just a thought.

  11. oldrower

    If crews can be bothered to turn up and race in Mens Vets, Ladies Vets, or Mixed Vets, it would be nice to think that the CPGA could be bothered to Record the Results on their website along with all the other results.

  12. Tom

    Is there any chance of GigRower getting the Results of the Mixed Vets Race at Falmouth and putting them on the GigRower website?

  13. Hels

    can someone tell me if the times in red on results sheet for mensC race were for the C crews or the composite crews. Cos my time is red and I put out a genuine C crew. Want to make sure cos of newquay

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