Those who travelled over to the Scillies for last weekend’s Championships have had a wonderful time and done the club proud.
A club record has been broken with the Ladies A crew finishing 5th overall. A position neither our men’s or women’s crews have ever previously attained. The top end of the women’s fleet saw lots of changes over the weekend’s races, with Newquay, St. Mary’s and Roseland all taking turns to win races. But FMPGC ladies stayed consistent and came 5th in their long race, then 6th and 7th in the heats before going back up to 5th in the final.
Men’s A finished 11th in the open event; most of the rowers in this year’s lineup having only finished in the 3rd heat last year. Such a huge achievement to have jumped so many places in just 12 months. It was touch and go on Sunday morning whilst they waited to hear if they’d done enough to get them into the final. But they had and then went on to beat one other crew in the last race.
Ladies B’s result of 43rd overall probably didn’t reflect their potential but even so was a brilliant result considering recent illnesses and very challenging conditions in all 4 races. In the long race and earlier heats they had finished around 30th overall but went down a heat on the Sunday morning.
It was great to all be on the beach next to each other again this year. And with the support of the guys from Poole Gig Club who had donated to our club to use Pinnacle for the men’s races, everything worked great.
Once again FMPGC has managed to get both Ladies and Mens A crews in to the Scilly finals. Out of a fleet of around 145 boats in each event, we can be proud of what our relatively young club now consistently achieves. Down to hard work, support and world-class coaching.
Huge thanks to Gilly Slater and Jeremy Stonehouse for coxing our crews. Jeremy coxed MA & LA into both finals, and steered what Penny said was probably the best course of all the boats in that particular Ladies race.
Thanks too for all the support on the island from our club spectators and those who kept sending us messages from back home.
Photos below courtesy of www.gigrower.co.uk and Toby Weller