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News Archive > Sport > ‘All hands on deck’ for 47th Pilot Gig Champs

‘All hands on deck’ for 47th Pilot Gig Champs

By Tom Howe 4th October 2017

‘All hands on deck’ for 47th Pilot Gig Champs
GIG CHAMPIONS: The Whitehouse Trophy is presented to Falmouth by Leon Emmett after they beat Caradon in the final

POSTPONED from a fortnight ago due to sea conditions, the 47th Men’s Pilot Gig County Championships were held at the weekend and proved worth the wait.

Because of the delay the entries dropped from the original number of 95 to 75 crews. The sheltered waters in the bay enabled the event to be rowed throughout the two days albeit in uninviting, dank conditions.

This large event is run by volunteers and, in response to an ‘all hands on deck’ call from Newquay Rowing Club’s outstanding rowing secretary, Janice Caine, members and friends rallied around which was necessary as many helpers were on holiday. The bar was run by a cheerful, hardworking team headed up by vice chairman Christine Hunter.

The ladies’ committee who prepare and manage the refreshments provided sterling service as ever with an extensive menu on offer. Rowers and friends served breakfasts in the new function room and kitchen raising funds for the purchase of a new pilot gig.

The county championships final was held on Sunday afternoon when six super fit crews fought a tooth and nail battle over a distance of 3.5 nautical miles. Falmouth and Caradon were in the lead most of the way, both with one Newquay rower included in their crew: Richard Martin for Caradon and Ross Trebilcock for Falmouth. These two leading crews were breathing down each others necks most of the way. An electrifying finish saw Falmouth win by .06 of a second.

Chairman John Cuthill welcomed Newquay Town Council Mayor Margaret North who presented quality medals especially designed for the occasion to each member of the six crews to reach the final. The Whitehouse Trophy was presented to Falmouth by 11-year-old Leon Emmett, who had worked tirelessly as a beach marshall throughout the whole weekend.

Two Newquay Rowing Club crews reached the quarter-finals, one representing RAF St Mawgan. The six finalists were; 1st Falmouth (28.01.2), 2nd Caradon (28.01.8) 3rd Looe (28.27), 4th Coverack (28.32), 5th Roseland (28.35), 6th Appledore (30.36).

By Tom Howe 4th October 2017

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