Clevedon Ladies impress at Cornish championships

PUBLISHED: 14:41 21 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 21 October 2015

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club ladies in action.

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club ladies in action.


Clevedon Pilot Gig Club ladies gave a good performance at the Cornish County Gig Championships.

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club has once again performed well at the Cornish County Gig Championships.

The competition, considered to be the second most important event of the year after the world championships, is held in Newquay with gig clubs travelling from far and wide to compete at what is seen as the culmination of the summer rowing season.

The ladies’ championships took place with a record 93 crews taking part, including rowers from the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly. There are two rounds of heats followed by the quarter-finals, semis and finals.

Clubs are seeded based on their previous Newquay finishing position and their world championship placing. Those who have attended before are well aware that conditions can change dramatically during the day, but despite some concerns about the weather, racing was allowed to go ahead, albeit with a slightly shortened course due to the high winds and strong tides.

As ever, Clevedon Ladies showed their grit and determination, battling against some stiff competition including current world champions Newquay Ladies A, to come third in their first heat, getting them through to the second round for the second year running.

The second round draw was a tough one including Dutch team Scheveningen A, who eventually finished eightth overall, and Caradon B who also made it through to the semi-finals.

Clevedon finished 45th overall, once again putting the club in the middle of the table. Caradon Gig Club went on to win the event for the first time ever, finishing the course in 15 minutes and 31 seconds.

The men’s championships like the ladies’ competition, saw a record number of entries with 96 clubs taking part. However, the conditions could not have been more different, with a flat, calm sea and no wind.

This year the super veterans (over 50s) flew the flag for Clevedon following their world championships success earlier in the year. There are no age categories at Newquay, meaning this solid crew was racing in the open competition against teams of all ages.

They had a great race in heat one, with all of the boats finishing within roughly a minute of each other. Clevedon narrowly missed going through to the second round, being pipped to the post by Coverack B by just seven seconds. They finished 57th overall.

Falmouth’s men’s A retained their title as Cornwall county champions, with Caradon A finishing second and Looe, just two seconds behind, in third.

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