Fowey regatta :: wet, wild and a win

Saturday 22nd August saw Flushing & Mylor taking part in Fowey Gig Club’s regatta for the first time. It’s a popular event and it’s obvious why – a great location, a top atmosphere at the end of Fowey regatta week and good spectating al0ng the whole course. Couple this with a long course, strong tides, flat sheltered water and a rough harbour entrance means exciting and challenging racing at all levels and a good showcase for the sport as a whole. The narrow river means starts are split into heats of around 10 boats.

With big tides set for the day it meant that there would be some major currents running through the narrow river and each race heat through the day would experience very different conditions – getting it right and using the tide to your advantage could give a huge bonus. The Ladies A heats were first away just at the end of the outgoing tide making for some steep and sharp chop at the harbour mouth turning marks. Mens A heat #1 was taken by Par Bay in Warrior. Heat #2 saw Flushing & Mylor’s Penarrow destroy the strong fleet to win by 4 or 5 lengths. The skies blackened, the visibility dropped and rain soaked competitors raced on but little could dampen the spirits.