Four Flushing & Mylor crews took on the Helford river in conditions which turned out to be far better than forecast. The strong winds had moderated and the cloud cover provided ideal conditions for a long distance row.
A novice crew of Joseph Crouse and Ryan Johnstone in the skiff ‘Joker’, rowing 3 pairs of paddles, (with Lynn in the middle) brought home the glory by winning the prestigious rubber duck award. This much contested prize is for the ‘best crew effort’ and they won it in style, helped by the fact that all the way up the course they could see their sisters just behind them in a flashboat.
Our top flashboat crew, in Zilpha, went strongly off the line to pull ahead of the skiff, but 2 well-rowed flashboats from Trelawney and Helford managed to pass them and leave them in a very creditable third place and 4th overall as the line honours went to a Trelawney skiff rowed ran dan by three strapping young men. The all-girl ‘Jumping Jack’ crew chased their club-mates all the way up the course, several times challenging for the lead. All three boats finished within 40 seconds of each other with finishing times of approx. 40 minutes, 40.20 and 40.35.
Our gig crew were mixed supervets and overtook many boats on the course to finish as the second gig over the line, unfortunately only pipped at the very end by a very strong mixed A crew in ‘Hope’ from Newquay.
Well done all
Junior rowers: Flashboat ‘Jumping jack’ – Bethan, Maddy, Ashleigh, Maddie Flashboat ‘Zilpha’ – Fraser, Isaac, Millie, Mattie Skiff ‘joker’ – Ryan, Lynn, Joseph