FMPGC Regatta…Sunday 29th July at Kiln Quay, Flushing.
Local gig clubs including Falmouth, Truro, Devoran, Helford and St Agnes had accepted an invite to join Flushing & Mylor to celebrate the end of Flushing Regatta Week, providing a colourful spectacle of eight Cornish Pilot Gigs.
At last, after what seems a never ending period of unsettled weather, Sunday provided a day of sunshine, flat water and light winds.
With gigs assembling on Kiln Quay Beach, the course this year was set for maximum spectatorship with the start off Trefusis point, heading out to West Narrows with a turn back to Mylor and a finish back off Kiln Quay Beach.
First off were the Veterans with seven gigs partaking Penarrow fielded the Mens Vets from the Club with Pinnacle sporting a mix and match crew Winners, with a very strong team were Merthen from Helford.
Next off, Ladies A and again steaming ahead was Merthen from Helford. Flushing & Mylor ladies put in a very strong race coming fourth behind two Falmouth crews
Ladies B saw two Flushing & Mylor Crews partaking (the LB and LC). Ladies B has a great race crossing the line in third place behind Devoran in 1st and Falmouth in 2nd. This was the first time this particular crew had raced together and were very excited at having done so well. Ladies C crossed the line in 6th place.
Juniors today included the under 14 and under 16, both of which were won by Helford Crews
The highlight of the day the racing SuperVets with Flushing & Mylor providing both mens and ladies crews ranging from their 60 s to 83!, it was a battle of the sexes the ladies took to Pinnacle whilst the men strode out in Penarrow as husbands and wives battled a straight course in the F&M boats, the clear winners were Falmouth, closely followed by Devoran and Helford. In the F&M battle the men crossed the line in 4th with the ladies a close 5th.
The Mens races next showed the F&M certainly are climbing up the ranks, with fantastic races, both the Mens A and Mens B took first place in their respective races, certainly crews to look out for at future events. Mens C also competed in the Mens B race, coming 6th over the line in front of Falmouth and St Agnes crews.
Finally, the mixed race, won again by Helford, who also came 2nd F&M came 6th.
Trophies were presented by Peter Visick, a strong supporter of the Club, who additionally presented a trophy in memory of his late sister. The Jacquey Visick Cup was presented to the junior crew who showed the best determination and spirit this year going to Flushing & Mylor Juniors. Overall trophy went to Helford for the second year running.