“ our race was
Buller Day on
6th August 2011”

Buller Day, Reports from previous years

Cadgwith Pilot Gig Club race with our four gigs. "Buller", "Socoa", "Rose of Cadgwith" and "Tamarisk”

Buller Day Our Gig Racing Day

20011 Buller Day, 6th August 2009.

All went well at Buller Day, Cadgwith Gig Club’s annual race event. The day, and our first gig Buller, built in 1986, are both named in honour of the late Richard ‘Buller’ Arthur who was instrumental in rekindling interest in gigs in the cove, and Cornwall more widely.


We were fortunate in having a sunny day and calm seas, which made for a great afternoon’s racing, against the picturesque back drop of the cove, decked out in flags and bunting. There were 17 visiting gigs, and our own gigs Tamarisk, Rose, Socoa and Buller in action, making for some tight competition particularly turning the marks on the kite course. Clubs travelled all the way from Bristol and Salcombe, as well as from across Cornwall to join us, at what is always a popular event on the circuit. Falmouth, reigning world champions, were in fine form, taking the Ladies A and B, Mens A and B, and Vets races in their new boat Black Rock. Their ladies even put several of the mens crews to shame, as they went round the course for a second time in the Mens B race, finishing with much of the fleet behind them. Luckily for the men, the ladies placing had to be disallowed!

Cadgwith Juniors were out in force with 2 under 16s, and 3 under 14 crews, both titles being retained by home crews, and the U14s fresh from their success the previous weekend in the U14 County Championships at Hayle. Mounts Bay took the Mixed title.


Rachel Holder, Gig Club Secretary said “It’s been a fantastic day’s racing. To see so many gigs lined up against the backdrop of the cove we know so well is something special, and we’re pleased to be able to share the day with fellow rowers from far and wide. Many thanks to all who helped make it happen”.

The day was filmed as part of a series to be aired on BBC2 next year. A camera crew has been based in Cadgwith all summer, following presenter Monty Halls as he tries his hand at fishing, learning from the crabbers based in the cove. Monty rowed with Cadgwith in the Mens B race, and also ran a Crab Taste Test Challenge during the day to raise awareness of sustainable fishing.

The celebrations kicked off with Cadgwith Singers, pasties and a bar on Friday night, and ended with our customary Buller Night party in the gig shed, the weekend raising much needed funds which will allow us to put the finishing touches to our new shed.

Report and photo by Rachel Holder

Please see Rachels great photo a lot larger here

2011 Buller Day, 8th August 2010

Photos from 2010

Cadgwith Buller Day 31st July 2010
Report by Sue, 4 July 2010

Cadgwith once again hosted ‘Buller Day’ this year, a race event in honour of the late
Richard ‘Buller’ Arthur who helped rekindle interest in gigs, and after whom our first
gig was named in 1986.

16 visiting clubs brought gigs from across Cornwall, making a colourful spectacle
in the cove, against a back drop of thatched cottages and fishing boats. We also
welcomed ladies crews from the Isles of Scilly and Salcombe who borrowed
Cadgwith boats.

Conditions and weather were fair, setting us up for a good day’s racing. Mounts
Bay took the Vets race, with Newquay the first all Ladies crew across the line in 9th
borrowing Padstow’s new gig Brabyn. Cadgwith juniors put in strong performances,
to retain both U16 and U14 trophies. Falmouth took the Mens A title, followed by
Mts Bay and Coverack. Falmouth put a couple of crews out in the Mens B, taking
1st and 2nd, with a fishermen’s crew in 6th. Newquay ladies were in winning form,
taking the Ladies A from Falmouth. Positions were reversed for the B race, with
Falmouth crossing the line first (but they had declared their crew as mainly A
rowers). The visiting Isles of Scilly crew won the Mixed title. Thanks to all who
made it such a great day’s rowing, and everyone who drank our bar dry afterwards!

Special mention for the emergency services, namely air and land ambulances, RNLI
and coastguard, for their rapid response to an accident during the afternoon in which a
Coverack junior slipped down the cliff above the cove, and those people on the beach
who cared for him until he was airlifted to Treliske. We’re pleased to hear he escaped
with only cuts and bruises, and has made a full recovery.

(report by Sue, photos Greg)


2009 Buller Day, 8th August 2009.

This year we had a great day . Falmouth had winning day but our U16s had a great win, well done to all! The sun was shining, the sea was calm and the racing was great! Didn't get many pics as I was on the BBQ all day, I have one or two which I'll send on when I get the camera going. Report by Katie

Top 3’s – Vets : Falmouth/Cadgwith/Helford. U16s : Cadgwith, Helford, Truro. MensA : Falmouth, Flushing & Mylor, Padstow – great close finish between these two crews. LadiesA : Falmouth, Newquay, Padstow. U14s : Cadgwith, Porthleven, Coverack. MensB : Falmouth, Lizard, Newquay. LadiesB : Helford, Mounts Bay, Newquay.

A special thank you to certain people...

Slim and Sarah Legge on the start boat, I'm sure all the Ladies A crews won't forget Sarah telling everyone that she will NOT be starting the race until Newquay gets back!

Gwen Jane for her commentry all day, excluding the vets race when she raced and was part of the 1st full ladies vets crew over the line!

All the umpires which come from other clubs to help us out - there are too many of you to name personally, but you know who you all are!

All club members who helped out during the day with car parking, organising the boats, selling food and drink, bar and BBQ cooking (a special mention to Josh and Alex who spent 4 hours non stop on the BBQ).

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the day and thank you to everyone who turned up, rowed and supported us.


August 16th 2008 – Buller Day

Thanks for those who turned up!, sadly the waves got no better and after Buller tested the waters we had to cancel, still a great evening was had. We did get a gig out, see the photos!

photos malc, Ben, and Greg, thanks


Below: photos, many thanks to Ben Dodson ( for these superb pics of Buller landing on the beach in rough seas)

Isles Buller Day 2005, Rain rain rain and great racing

Report and photos from Sat. 23rd July

There was a one minute silence to honour the memory of Benjamin Cochrane of the the Roseland Gig Club, who died last Saturday in a tragic boating accident. We pay our respects to him and family and friends.

Saturday morning looked promising, the sea was calm and there was very little rain to be seen. The gigs started arriving early (as usual Cadgwith weren't ready and chaos broke out with 1 trailer on the beach ready to go up and 3 in the road ready to come down). This was soon sorted after Mike and Michael made it to the car park.

22 boats in total came to the event from all over the county and beyond (Weymouth, and Appledore). Weymouth only just making it to the Men's A starting line.

Thanks to Paul Collins for his commentary throughout the day, Nicky Jose, Ian Cox, Andy Alden, Tatty and all the other umpires who stood the test of time out there in the pouring rain and worsening seas.

Some results from Buller Day - will get more later, when I get chance.
(Katie Smith)

Men's A - 1st Caradon in Amelia Lee, 2nd

Men's B - 1st Caradon in Amelia Lee, 2nd,

Under 16 - 1st Buller, 2nd Rose of Cadgwith, 3rd Charlestown were disqualified.

Ladies A - 1st Falmouth in Idas, 2nd , 3rd , 4th , 5th , 6th , 7th , 8th , 9th , 10th Devoran in Falcon, 11th Cadgwith in Rose, 12th , 13th , 14th , 15th , Apologies to Devoran.

Ladies B - 1st , 2nd , 3rd Cadgwith in Rose, 4th ,

Under 14's - cancelled due to sea conditions

Veterans -

Mixed - cancelled due to sea conditions and people wanting to get warm and dry in the pub/gig shed

Live music in the evening - East of Ealing from London played in the gig shed

Boats and crews attending:

Buller - Cadgwith, Rose - Cadgwith, Socoa - Cadgwith

Amelia Lee - Caradon

Tormentor - Charlestown

Download large photo of Tormentor racing to the finish line, Ladies A .


Taran - Mounts Bay, Merthen - Helford, Sir Tristan - Weymouth, Verbena - Appledore, Idas - Falmouth, Azook - Hayle, Defiance - St Ives, Circe - Truro, St Elvan - Porthleven, Senara - Zennor, Cadmus - Salcombe, Falcon - Devoran, Kerans - Mevagissey, Avarack - Pendeen, Gallant - Fowey


Buller Day 2004


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Sadly our own race day in the cove had to be cancelled this year owing to a blip of south easterly ‘slop’… literally just a few hours, but which would have made lining up 20 gigs below the cliffs abit too dodgy, and anyway it poured down all afternoon; not much fun for umpires and starters. What was gratifying was how many showed up for the evenings’ entertainment: all the gang from Newquay rowing club, Falmouth and even further afield.


Buller Day 2002

What an event! Nearly 20 boats turned up to this years event, the weather was perfect and the sea was flat, what more could you ask from an event? Possibly the home team to put out a mixed crew? Yes Cadgwith didn't quite make it to the start line up, the flag went down as we left the beach, oh well there's always the next time!


Thanks to your support”

Cadgwith Pilot Gig Club would like to thank all of you who help and support us, those who sponsor us, it really helps, the costs are high, maintaining the Gigs, the Clubhouse running costs, transport to the events, safety and clothing and a lot more.

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St. Ives, photos June 2006

Falmouth photos, June 2006

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By the way we can hire our upstairs room, its ideal for Private functions, parties etc. We also have a bar.