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News Archive > Sport > Newquay cements itself as home of gig rowing

Newquay cements itself as home of gig rowing

By Tom Howe 6th September 2017

Newquay cements itself as home of gig rowing
EYE CATCHING: The races are held over a two-mile triangular course in and around Newquay Bay

NEWQUAY proved itself as the home of pilot gig rowing as hundreds flocked to the town’s famous harbour for the prestigious Ladies and Junior County Championships.

More then 700 female rowers from all over the West Country, travelling from as far east as Langstone Bay, Hayling Island all the way to the Scillies, descended on Newquay for the 40th annual competition and were met by challenging conditions.

It was a good day for the Caradon crews who took home both the Under-16s and Ladies titles. After winning all of their heats, Newquay ladies’ ‘A’ crew were controversially disqualified from the final after an alleged collision.

Special guests included Rear Admiral Keith Blount OBE, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Aviation, Amphibious Capability and Carriers) who was on hand to present the silverware. Also present was the Director of Publicity and Funding of Cornwall Heritage Trust, Richard Trant, and Wendy Wheatley from Radio Cornwall, who took in all the excitement alongside more than 1,500 spectators on both days watching and helping out on the harbour.

John Cuthill, chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, said: “We have had lots of praise from other clubs about the efficiency of the competitions, how everything was organised. The weather forecast for Sunday was not good so we cracked on with it on Saturday so we had the time on Sunday to wait for the rain to stop.

“Our new premises were a huge help as rowers could stay in the warm and dry and wait the weather out rather than getting cold and miserable before their races. Pulling off such a huge event is very much a team effort to ensure the timing, starting and admin is all correct.

“The course proved to be brilliant for both rowers and spectators with a view of all of the buoys, which mark the course, from the harbour. It was also brilliant to have so many distinguished guests, particularly the Rear Admiral Keith Blount OBE, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff. He was very approachable and had photos with a number of children and harbour regulars and went out on Phil Trebilcock’s boat to watch the Junior Plate, Junior Final and Ladies final.

“The Admiral was joined by the Director of Publicity and Funding of Cornwall Heritage Trust Richard Trant and Wendy Wheatley from Radio Cornwall, all of which were a real coup for Newquay and goes to show how Newquay Rowing Club is held in high esteem by many.”

The Newquay Men’s County Championships are due to take place on the weekend of September 16.

Newquay Ladies County Championship Overall Results: 1st Caradon ‘A’, 2nd Fowey ‘A’, 3rd Mounts Bay ‘A’, 4th Looe ‘A’ , 5th Bristol ‘A’ , 6th Teign ‘A’ (DQ Newquay ‘A’, 18th Newquay ‘B’, 32nd Newquay ‘C’, 63rd Newquay ‘E’, 86th Newquay ‘D’)

Newquay Under-16s County Championship Overall Results: 1st Caradon ‘A’, 2nd Rame ‘A’, 3rd
Ilfracombe ‘A’, 4th Coverack ‘A’ , 5th Fowey ‘A’ , 6th Bridport ‘A’ (17th Newquay ‘A’ , 20th Newquay ‘B’)

By Tom Howe 6th September 2017

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