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World Championships, Isles of Scilly

Below: over 60 photos over the years

2009 Isles of Scilly World Championships

Thanks to Rachel Holder for the great report.

Below: 21 photos, many thanks to CC (for these super pics of the racing and teams relazing)

2009 Cadgwith gig club enjoyed a sucessful weekend on the isles of scilly during the world pilot gig championships. We took a total of six crews to the world pilot gig championships on the Isles of Scilly. Due to the hard work of members over the winter months on boat maintenance
The first May Bank Holiday weekend saw the Isles of Scilly host the 20th Anniversary World Pilot Gig Championships, in which Cadgwith Gig Club has raced every year, since those early days. The event has grown massively, with the number of both clubs and gigs building year on year. Cadgwith, Newquay and Scilly can take credit for the resurrection of Cornish Gig rowing in the 1980s, and it’s great to see the sport in such strong shape, with clubs throughout Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Pembrokeshire, plus crews from Bristol and a strong Dutch contingent.

The weekend’s racing began on Friday night with the ladies veterans’ competition, held over the St Agnes course. Fortunately the rain which had been set in all day cleared in time for the race, but the poor weather meant a backlog of flights from the mainland. Thanks to Nikki Addison for jumping in, with barely an hour to recover from a rough Scillonian crossing, to fill in for a stranded Judith Preston. The ladies vets (Nikki Addison, Clare Girling, Gwen Jane, Mo Jones, Christine Legge, Angie Richards) had the honour of racing our brand new gig Tamarisk for the first time at Scilly, and came in 19th/35, with Helford taking the race in their new gig Pedn Billy. The mens vets (Bruce Bray, Dave Bray, Tony Halliday, David Henn, David Holyer, Elwyn Jones) were up next, and came in with a commendable top ten place (9/52), with Newquay winning in Hope. Thanks to Rhiannon Halliday for her encouraging coxing of both Cadgwith vets crews.

Saturday dawned fine, and luckily all our stranded rowers made it over in time for the seeding races. These are the most spectacular races of the weekend, with the colourful scene of over 100 boats lining up (well loosely call it a line!) close to St Agnes, for the long race back to St Mary’s Hugh Town Quay. Actually the organisers clamped down this year on starting discipline, and a number of boats were disqualified from the whole competition for jumping the buoys, which must have made their coxes very popular! A sizeable swell was running, large enough to lose sight of other boats as they disappeared into the troughs, but nothing Cadgwith crews couldn’t handle!

In the ladies St Agnes race Cadgwith A, in Tamarisk (Nikki Addison, Sharon Bray, Emma George, Sam Jane, Katie Jose, Angie Richards – Cox Stevie Jane) came in 32nd followed by Cadgwith B in Rose (crew rotated through 4 races - Alex Day-Smith, Catherine Day-Smith, Clare Girling, Rachel Holder, Gwen Jane, Mo Jones, Christine Legge, Judith Preston– Cox Tony Halliday) in 80th, in a fleet of 114. Congratulations to Catherine and Alex for making successful debuts in senior racing – straight in with what is probably the hardest and longest race of the season!

In the mens St Agnes race, Cadgwith A (Tom Alden, Stuart George, David Henn, Stevie Jane, Brett Jose, Jobe Newton – Cox Sam Jane) came in 28th, and Cadgwith B (Bruce Bray, Dave Bray, Tony Halliday, Mike Hardy, David Holyer, Elwyn Jones – Cox David Muirhead) came in 51st out of 118 gigs.

Saturday afternoon saw the first of the Nut Rock heats – shorter (just 360 strokes our cox assured us!) sprints from Tresco back to St Mary’s Quay, in groups of 12, with the first two boats moving up, and the last two dropping down. Unfortunately the Ladies B dropped from Heat G to H, after being pipped to 10th place by Leander, but Ladies A maintained their group C position. The Mens B had a close tussle with Coverack, but came through to take 4th in Group D in their first Nut Rock heat. The Mens A had a great first Nut Rock race, taking winning place in style, and moving up from heat C to B to set them up for Sunday’s races.

By Sunday morning the overnight rain had cleared through to leave a fine but blustery day, with a strong breeze making the row out to the Nut Rock startline more challenging. Two races were rowed by each crew on Sunday, with the second race of the day deciding final championship placings.

Ladies B maintained their position in heat H Sunday morning, and in the final had a close race with Verbena of Appledore, but were just squeezed into second, to give an overall placing of 86th (up from 89th in 2008). Ladies A came through to a final placing of 30th, holding their position from last year despite 10 more boats in the fleet. The fight for the podium was a very close run thing, with Polvarth (Roseland) and Irene Too (Falmouth) so tight on the finishing line neither crew knew whether to raise their oars in victory. Roseland were eventually announced champions, ‘by a fender’ ending Falmouth’s 5 year reign. Special mention also for Rhiannon Halliday, who achieved 12th place with her Caradon B crew in Mary Newman.

Mens B came in 53rd overall, up from 59th last year, and Mens A battled hard to stay up Sunday morning, eventually prevailing over Isolde of Weymouth, to guarantee themselves a top 24 place. Their final placing was a commendable 22nd, up from 26th last year. Warrior (Par) came through to take their first world championship title, ahead of Caradon in Millers Daughter.

On Sunday evening sixty Cadgwith rowers, family members and supporters gathered for a celebratory meal (it’s amazing how many of us there are when we’re all together!) this year hosted by the Bishop and Wolf (thanks to Angie and Hugh Richards for their menu and order juggling skills), and afterwards a few well deserved pints were sipped in a number of reputable hostelries.

Thanks to all who contributed to our fine time at the Championships – rowers, coxes, cheering supporters and family members, and I’m sure most of us will plan to be back for the 21st Anniversary World Pilot Gig Championships! We’re grateful for the financial support received towards the cost of our new gig Tamarisk, including the Heritage Lottery Awards For All Grant, and generous individual donations, and to Mullion Cove Hotel for sponsoring crew vests.

2008 Isles of Scilly World Championships

 

2007 Isles of Scilly World Championships

Many thanks to Dylan for the Report:

Held over the first bank holiday weekend in May, the annual pilgrimage of gig rowers to the Isles of Scilly for the 16th World Championship event.

2 of our own gigs, Buller and Rose of Cadgwith joined another 98 or so gigs (ours, now one of the heaviest!).

This year world pilot gig championships had over 100 gigs competing in the mens, and just under 100 for the womens, still, a spectacular sight on both St. Agnes races. How ever, racing started on the Friday night when both womens and mens veterans (over 40's) took to the water to race from St. Agnes back to St. Mary's quay.

The mens veterans was overun by Roseland in their new gig, Polvarth, which had recently been lauched and the womens victors were the women from Falmouth. The mid pack racing was very close between a number of gigs until 2nd and 3rd places were distinct, final positionings were
Womens 1. Irene Too (Falmouth)], 2. Merthen (Helford), 3. Melusine (Zennor)

Mens 1. Polvarth (Roseland), 2. Irene Too (Falmouth), 3. Tregarthens (Isles Of Scilly)

Then, the two big races let of, both from St. Agnes in mens and womens. This years St. Agnes race caused a bit of an uproar in the Pundits books, as the favourites won neither of their respective races. Falmouth didn't win the womens and Caradon didn't win the mens, instead each race was taken by Caradon for the women and Par Bay for the men. All the crews were pushed hard in the St. Agnes race for their places, even the top three pushed each other to shuffle around positions at least twice during the whole race. The final positions of the St Agnes Race:
Womens 1. Millers Daughter (Caradon), 2. Irene Too (Falmouth), 3. Polvarth (Roseland)
Mens, 1. Phantom (Par Bay) , 2. Polvarth (Roseland), 3. Millers Daughter (Caradon)

Close racing in the groups were to follow on both days. The top two who finished in each group went up to the next, and the bottom two went down into the group below.Then, the finals began. The womens races came first, spectator boats watched from distance to avoid wash. Then, when the flag drops, thats it, everything into every stroke. The Results for each group are as follows:
Ladies: Group B Tregarthens, Groups C Phantom, Group D Volante, Group E Circe, Group F Peveril, Group G Helford, Group H Averack

And the Mens: Group B Emperor Group, C Sir Tristan, Group D Mary Newman, Group E Volante, Group F Helford, Group G Royal, Group H Roscarrock, Group I Rival


The Finals then were very close. The womens was eventually won by favourites Falmouth who were very hard pushed by roseland for the top spot, for the number 1 title. Then it was the mens turn to battle it out for the top spot. It was always going to be a two horse race for the top spot, it was between Roseland and Caradon in Polvarth and Miller's Daughter. They pushed each other to the max, each taking it in turn to take top sport in the race. Roseland took a lengths lead after one of the Miller's Daughters rowers caught a crab and aloud Polvarth to go up but after they but one big huge ten into the race, pushed their body's to the max and close the gap. They eventually rowed till they were level until both crews made one last final push for the line. From the spectator boats, no-body knew who had one, neither crew put their oars up in the air to celbrate, there was an agonising wait until, using a official photo it was declared that Caradon, for the 15th time, had won the Mens world pilot gig Championships.

Report by Dylan,

There are some more fun photos from the Isles of Scily 2007 in mugshots

2006 Isles of Scilly World Championships

Many thanks to Katie and Rhiannon for the photos

Below 16 large photos, Ladies A and B teams, Mens B and Mens Vets

Held over the first bank holiday weekend in May, the annual pilgrimage of gig rowers travelled to the Isles of Scilly for the 15th World Championship event. 2 of our own gigs, Buller and Rose of Cadgwith joined another 98 or so gigs (ours, now one of the heaviest!).

Hi, Rhiannon Halliday, one of the ladies A crew here. Took some pics in scillies, well loads, bout 500! got a real good SLR digital and so they are fairly high resolution, heres one or two of each crew for the website

They are mainly of womens A in rose, with some of the Womens B in socoa, Mens B in Socoa, Have some good ones of mens A in Rose to come soon. Also here, Mens vets in rose.


Womens B in socoa, Judith preston, Dani Yeates, Angie Peters, Gwen Jane: cadgwith rowers, with two filing in from st.ives i think?! not too sure cox = jeb preston


Womens A in rose: in photo: Katie Smith, Rhiannon Halliday, Danielle Lambrick, Angie Richards., Emma George, Shelly Wooding. COX = Karl bray


Womens A in rose: Names are bold in photo: Katie Smith, Rhiannon Halliday, Danielle Lambrick, Angie Richards., Emma George, Shelly Wooding. COX = Karl bray
(Greg adds great pic, and the ladies working really hard)


Womens A in rose: in photo: Katie Smith, Rhiannon Halliday, Danielle Lambrick, Angie Richards., Emma George, Shelly Wooding. COX = Karl bray
(Greg adds great pic, with Lark (yellow) on the left of photo is from Coverack, one of our neighbours)


Womens B in Socoa, Judith preston, Dani Yeates, Angie Peters, Gwen Jane: cadgwith rowers, with two filing in from st.ives i think?! not too sure cox = jeb preston


Womens B in Socoa, Judith preston, Dani Yeates, Angie Peters, Gwen Jane: cadgwith rowers, with two filing in from st.ives i think?! not too sure cox = jeb preston


Womens A in rose: in photo: Katie Smith, Rhiannon Halliday, Danielle Lambrick, Angie Richards., Emma George, Shelly Wooding. COX = Karl bray


Mens B in Socoa, Cox = Jeb preston, Tony Halliday, Charlie Day Smith, Ales Mesropians, Mark peters, Josh Legge and Liam Williams
(Greg adds great action pic, with Tregarthen's from the Isles of Scilly, on home ground :-)


Mens B in Socoa, Cox = Jeb preston, Tony Halliday, Charlie Day Smith, Ales Mesropians, Mark peters, Josh Legge and Liam Williams
(Greg adds great action pic, look at those oars bending!, with Tregarthen's from the Isles of Scilly)


Mens B in Socoa, Cox = Jeb preston, Tony Halliday, Charlie Day Smith, Ales Mesropians, Mark peters, Josh Legge and Liam Williams


Mens vets in Rose: Tony Halliday, Diddy Holyer, Dave chick henn, Jeb preston and 2 rowers filling in matt from charlestown and ? from St.Ives Cox = Rhiannon Halliday


Mens A Crew in Rose: stroke = stevie, stuart, dave hock, chick, brett and diddy
making some awesome faces!!!!!


Mens A Crew in Rose: stroke = stevie, stuart, dave hock, chick, brett and diddy


Mens A Crew in Rose: stroke = stevie, stuart, dave hock, chick, brett and diddy


Mens A Crew in Rose: stroke = stevie, stuart, dave hock, chick, brett and diddy


Mens A Crew in Rose: stroke = stevie, stuart, dave hock, chick, brett and diddy

2005 Isles of Scilly World Championships

Held over the first bank holiday weekend in May, the annual pilgrimage of gig rowers travelled to the Isles of Scilly for the 15th World Championship event. 2 of our own gigs, Buller and Rose of Cadgwith joined another 90 or so gigs (ours, now one of the heaviest!).

 

 

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LARGE PHOTOS FROM THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Saturday 30 April 2005. 10.44am
Ladies Vets, came 4th out of 12, well done girls !

Saturday 30 April 2005. 1.10pm
Mens vets race started fine, then thick sea fog came in. All other races are currently postponed, the situation will be reviewed at 4 pm. Sounds like much the same tomorrow, shame would be ideal otherwise
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World Gig Rowing Championship 2005-
Men's Veteran's race cadgwith in 3rd place

Sunday,31 April 2005

Crews were:

Ladies Rose

Cox - Stevie

Stroke - Tia

5 - Riannon

4 - Katie

3 - Sam

2 - Chris

Bow - Shelley

Ladies Buller

Cox - Bruce

Stroke - Gemma

5 - Sharon P

4 - Danni

3 - Sharon L

2 - Clare

Bow - Judith

Ladies Helford

Cox - Dave

Stroke - Sarah

5 - Helen (from Scillies)

4 - Emma

3 - Angie R

2 - Angie P

Bow - Gwen

Mens Rose

Cox - Sam

Stroke - Stevie

5 - Stuart

4 - Chick

3 - Dave B

2 - Brett

Bow - Diddy

Buller Men

Cox - Shelley

Stroke - Jeb

5 - Tony

4 - Big Dave

3 - Bruce

2 - Mike

Bow - Charlie

 

Many thanks to pilotgigs.info for these photo below.


ABOVE: Ladies Vets, came 4th out of 12, well done girls !
Saturday 30 April 2005. 10.44am


ABOVE: Mens Crew in Buller


ABOVE: Mens Vets Crew, Saturday as the fog came in,
later the days races were posponed

Many thanks to pilotgigs.info for these photos

 

2004 Isles of Scilly World Championships

Held over the first bank holiday weekend in May, the annual pilgrimage of gig rowers travelled to the Isles of Scilly for the 15th World Championship event. 2 of our own gigs, Buller and Rose of Cadgwith joined another 91 gigs, old and new with Bonnet being the oldest gig taking part, built in 1830 (makes ours seem really young!).

Cadgwith took 6 racing crews this year, 2 womens, 2 mens and 2 vets. Luckily the weather was nothing like last years, although the Friday night racing saw choppy seas.

The ladies vets race on Friday was from Nut Rock to St Mary's harbour, our ladies getting 4th place behind Falmouth in Idas - 1st, 2nd was Penryn in Morlader and third was Helford in Moroven. The "Fading Roses" crew was:

Angela Peters (stroke)
Angie Richards
Chris Legge
Judith Preston
Claire Bates
Ann Muller (bow)
Katie Smith (cox)

Second race of the weekend was the mens vets, their race was the long St Agnes to St Mary's race, there were far more mens vets than ladies vets so the competition was on. Our men came a fantastic 3rd!! Falmouth also won this in Idas, the Isles of Scilly in new boat Emma Louise came second followed closely by the Rose! Well done to the lads, they were especially pleased about rowing through Caradon - something you don't see everyday especially when they are in their brand new boat Millers Daughter! The crew wanted to say thank you to Stevie Jane for his coxing. The crew this year was:

Steve Jane (cox)

Jeb Preston (stroke)
Dave Jane
Dave Henn (Chicka)
Diddy Holyer
Tony Halliday
Bruce Bray (Bow)

The weather perked up for the Saturday for the massive line ups on the St Agnes start lines. Up to 93 gigs all lined up ready to go must be a nightmare to the organisers but it a spectacular site for any rower, spectator or anyone flying over on the helicopter or planes. This race organises the crews into league tables for the following 3 races.


First up was the ladies race. The crew in Rose had a very good row, with good racing between them, Jubilee and Sir Tristan, the crew in Buller had an even better row with very few spaces between them and Rose. This placed Rose in Heat C and Buller in Heat D. The second race on the Saturday was from Nut Rock to St Mary's, a much shorter but more intense race as there are only 12 gigs in each heat with the top two boats being promoted into the next heat and the last two being demoted into the heat below. Rose won heat C promoting her to heat B. Buller had a change of crew for this race and sadly went down to heat E, however Sunday was a new day.

The two races on the Sunday are both from Nut Rock with glorious sunshine, warm temperatures and almost flat calm seas. Buller had a great race and stayed in Heat E, the crew in Rose were pushed very hard to stay in Heat B but unfortunately got demoted back to group C for the final set of racing of the weekend.

This was probably the best race of the weekend for Buller, she came second in her heat just missing out on a podium finish - next year girls!!! They finished 50th overall. Rose had a harder race in Heat C but managed 30th overall. Not bad seeing as all the boats that beat Rose are younger than her.

The mens racing was very exciting. The Rose had a very stong crew as did the Buller. The big St Agnes race was brilliant with Rose getting into Heat A - the top heat. Buller were't far behind either! Rose were in the Heat with one of their main rivals - the Lark of Coverack! The pressure was on.

Judging by the boats in the top group, Rose was the defiante veteran of the group. With new boats for top crews such as Caradon the competition was tough. The second race of Saturday saw both Rose and Lark drop from the top group into Heat B. Buller however was doing fine.

Sunday saw the Rose crew go out full of determination to get back into the top group for the final. They had a brilliant race and got back to heat A leaving Lark reeling in Heat B for the final. Buller ended up in Heat C for the final which was brilliant seeing as they were the 3rd (or so) fastest B crew (Caradon B was 3rd overall in the competition!).
The final was very exciting to watch, Buller was having a good fight with all the crews in their heat finishig 39th overall. Rose had a very tough competition with Caradon A, Caradon B, Falmouth etc. They had a good fight with Senara finishing 12th overall. Overall it was a fantastic weekend for all crews.

2002 Isles of Scilly World Championships



GETTING READY FOR RACING,
SCILLIES 2002

 

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Some IOS photos:

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Isles of Scilly 2007, A night shot of Buller
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Isles of Scilly 2007, Ladies
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Isles of Scilly 2007, Mens
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There are some more fun photos from the Isles of Scily in mugshots

 


World Championships Scilly, 2006
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Stormy sea hit men's A, Fantastic
photo. Thanks to Diddy Holyer for sending in the pics, World Championships Scilly, 2006
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Ladies crew at the Scilly's 2005
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Rose at the Scilly's, 2005
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