This year Caradon Gig Club will be hosting a Mixed Championships on Saturday 22nd June 2019. This event will be run from Jubilee/Brunel Green on the Saltash Waterfront and we will be racing up river (towards the Tavy).
The Green provides a fantastic vantage point for the racing and enables us to have quick changeovers. The Championships will coincide with the Saltash Town Regatta, so there will be plenty to keep you occupied in between races.
The cox’s meeting will be held at 8.30am with the first race at 9.00a.m.
Categories for the Championships
Juniors Under 15 years Mixed (3 boys / 3 girls)
Juniors Under 18 years Mixed (3 boys / 3 girls)
Mixed Open (3 men / 3 ladies)
Mixed Veterans (over 40s, 3 men / 3 ladies)
Mixed Super Vets (over 50s, 3 men / 3 ladies)
To enable us to run this event, we will need the assistance of other club’s willing to lend a gig for the day. If you are willing to lend a gig please indicate this on the entry form.
There will be an entry fee of £20 per crew, which includes a refundable deposit of £10 per crew (cash refund on the day at registration).
Please complete the entry form, which can be accessed below:
All payments must be paid via BACS transfer (also on the form).
Caradon Gig Club | Lloyds Bank
Sort code: 30-12-74 | Account: 01920402
Please quote your club name as reference
Closing date for entries will be Friday 31st May 2019
Once you have submitted your entry and your payment has been received, you will be sent further information regarding parking, the course, race format, and more. The road leading down to the waterside will be closed; therefore parking will be limited to towing vehicles only in the Waterside car park.
We are working extremely hard to make this a successful event and we hope that you will be able to join us on 22nd June.
Another great weekend’s of racing was to be had down at Zennor Regatta with many clubs lining up for the first post Scillies regatta with some great results all round. We have compiled the results and added them on top of the first official CPGA regatta of the season, Dart to give the first of 2019’s Live Crew Rankings.
Below is just the top 5 for each category, full tables can be found here:Tribute Rankings
2 LONDON CORNISH
3 MOUNTS BAY
1 MOUNTS BAY
1 MOUNTS BAY
4 ST AGNES
1 MOUNTS BAY
A gig crew made up of RNLI volunteers and supporters took to the water in the 30th World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly last weekend (May 4 and 5). The team, made up of volunteers from Salcombe, Looe, Exmouth and Bristol, were competing and raising awareness of the RNLI’s prevention and safety advice over the course of the two-day event.
Duncan Norris, RNLI volunteer Community Safety Officer at Salcombe Lifeboat and mens captain at Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club, organised the gig crew to raise awareness of the RNLI’s #respectthewater campaign and give something back to the St Mary’s Lifeboat. “We thought it would be great opportunity to raise awareness of the RNLI’s safety work in the gig community, by having a visible presence and involvement in the sport’s biggest event in the calendar.”
The crew was made up of Dan Margetts, volunteer helm at Looe RNLI and 2018 men’s world champion, Mark Champion from Exmouth RNLI, and former volunteer RNLI Lifeguard Geoff Goodier from Salcombe and RNLI supporters Luke Griffith from Torquay, James Boundy from Callington and Len Collacott from Bristol.
Duncan was the crew’s cox. He explained: “The rowing community is made up of people who are used to being around the sea and have an awareness of the dangers such as tides and wind. Our aim was to be visible and act as a catalyst for people to think about safety. We wore RNLI branded rowing kit so were easy to spot, and chatted to rowers and their gig clubs reps as people from the same sporting world with the same passion about rowing. Our fantastic rowing kit was donated by Luke as a tribute to his family’s lifeboat and boating heritage in Torquay.
We had some excellent racing and give thanks to Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club for welcoming the crew into their team and loaning us the gig ‘Bolt’. Conditions were perfect…rough and challenging on Saturday and smooth and fast on Sunday for the finals.”
Pete Hicks, coxswain of the St Mary’s Lifeboat welcomed us onboard and supported us out on the water. “We are very grateful to the island community that hosts the World Champs each year and we have a fundraising page and all monies raised will go to St Mary’s Lifeboat.”
To donate to the St Mary’s Lifeboat follow the link below;
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Ralph Bird made a huge contribution towards gig rowing, of which building the gigs was one aspect, another was his encouragement and passion for gig rowing. Ralph died ten years ago and it would be nice to mark that occasion with rowers and their families.
The Porthgain Rowing Club looks forward to welcoming everyone to Ralph’s day, which weather permitting will be a row around Ramsey Island followed by a Ceilidh.
Everyone is welcome to camp at East Farm, Tretio, St. Davids Pembrokeshire. SA62 6DE. This is the home of Tom, Kath, Ben and Ella Sutton.
Our home telephone number is 01437 720 026. Tom’s mobile is 07836 725 260. Ella’s mobile number is 07596 462 529. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our camping is in a field and there is no charge. We have ordered four portable toilets and there is access to a flushing toilets and showers.
We hope that people camping will arrive when they like, leave when they like and can “use” our house to cook and wash if they wish to.
There are other types of accommodation in the area if you would prefer not to camp. Please visit stdavidsinfo.org.uk or telephone them on 01437 720 392.
This website has taxi services and places to eat as well as a choice of places to stay.
The map below shows in red the best route to East Farm, Tretio, if towing a gig:-
Exit St. Davids on the Fishguard road (A487).
As you leave St Davids turn left, in front of the rugby club, onto the coast road, go through Rhodiad -Y – Brenin (1 mile) and past the Perennial nursery (2.5 miles).
Turn right onto a single track road sign posted TRETIO (3.1 miles) and follow the road up the hill and around the sharp right hand bend.
Follow the road down the hill and around the sharp left hand bend into the village (seven houses).
East Farm is the last entrance on the left before exiting the village (3.7 miles).
Ramsey Island has numerous rocks and a fast flowing tide. It also has a narrow gap on the south end of the Island that once rowed through (with the tide) we cannot row back against.
This situation leads to an insurance difficulty; if I say it is okay to row and subsequently there is an accident I would be personably liable. As a consequence, visiting clubs are asked to row under their own Clubs insurance.
Porthgain Rowing Club will only row through the gap if they consider it safe for their crews. Our crews are of a mixed ability and will include novices.
Due to the tide our timing for the row is very specific:-
We will leave the beach at Whitesands Bay at 11.45 on Saturday the 15th June and return to same beach between 1500 and 1530.
The first and last section will be continuous rows of twenty minutes (with the tide on a light oar), the middle section will be short rows on a light oar.
Rowing Ramsey is hugely weather dependent for crews of mixed abilities; if we cannot row Ramsey we will aim to row a different section of the north Pembrokeshire coast.
Please can all gigs have a Vhf radio and I would recommend that a life jacket be in the boat for each person.
There will be two power boats in attendance, both of whom will have some space for non rowing visitors.
Unless the sea is calm I would not row with additional passengers in the gig.
The Ceilidh is held at East Farm and starts at 7pm. It is family friendly affair with Jules Rutter and company running a well established band.
During the evening Adam Vincent sells cooked food and runs a bar.
The Ceilidh is the Porthgain Rowing Club’s fund raising event and the wider Community are all invited.
We ask an entry fee of £5 per person for those over 16 years of age and the money goes toward the up keep of our gigs and equipment.
Sunday the 16th June.
If the weather is good we could consider rowing to Skomer Island, home to some ten thousand Puffins.
Depending on our numbers we could leave East Farm at 10am and leave Porth Clais harbour at 1100am.
St Brides Bay is rowed in three blocks of 30 minute, with the tide, on a light oar and with a short rest between each 30 minutes.
The landing fee on Skomer is £15 per person unless you are member of the Wildlife Trust.
We would aim to leave Skomer at approximately 1700 to row back to Porth Clais for 1830 – 1930hrs.
Once again a very weather dependent row.
Can you row a boat? Will you be 40 or over on the Sunday 19th May 2019?
If the answers are yes, then the Cornwall Rowing Association would like to invite you to the 6th Veterans Skiff Championship Regatta which will take place at Stithians Lake on Sunday 19th May.
This is an open event, so you don’t need to be a member of a CRA Club, or in fact any rowing Club at all. The only other criteria, is that you are able to row!
Matched 15ft Cornish skiffs and kit are being kindly donated by clubs and other respective owners. All you need to do is turn up with your crew for a full day of racing (if you prefer, you can bring your own rowing kit to use on the day).
You can enter a crew in as many of the following race categories as you wish
Womens pair of paddles one-woman rowing with two paddles
Mens pair of paddles one-man rowing with two paddles
Womens randan three women, two rowing with one paddle each and the third in the middle with two paddles
Mens randan three men, two rowing with one paddle each and the third in the middle with two paddles
Mixed oar match a man and a woman each rowing with one paddle