We were honoured to receive an invitation to join the Falmouth Classics Parade of Sail, which took part on Sunday 18th June. The conditions were near perfect for rowing – smooth seas, warm sunshine and a gentle breeze. Not so good for the ‘classics’ themselves, as the wind struggled to fill their sails until they were nudging out of the Carrick Roads.
Two crews, in Pinnacle and Penarrow, followed the parade, joining up with our neighbours from Nankersey, resplendent in pirate and Poldark themes. It made us wish that we’d read the memo and tried a bit harder… There’s always next year!
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We’ve completed the risk assessment, obtained permission from Falmouth Harbour Master, built a project plan, so we’re good to go!
Our Regatta will take place on Sunday 25th June, at ‘Flushing beach’ right at the end of Trefusis Road, home of our gig club. This year we have rubbish tides to deal with, so it won’t be the usual sprints between Kiln Quay and Flushing Sailing Quay. No this year, thanks to the imagination of our Chair, Dave Matthews, it will be a race celebrating the heritage of the Cornish Pilot Gig.
The ‘race mission’ will be to launch, with a pilot, and race to a waiting ship. The pilot will collect ‘orders’ and complete those, coming back to the beach to finish the race. Races will be timed, and of course there will be winners (and cups!). We’re encouraging crews to come in fancy dress, and take part in a ‘fun’ regatta after the serious business of the Falmouth Sprints the previous day.
As we will have more beach than water, the emphasis will also be on the beach activities. Of course there will be plenty of lovely FMPGC food – bacon butties from 10:00, a BBQ at lunch, and a constant supply of cake and hot drinks. A bar will also be available all day. We hope to have some beach games, and we’ve secured a big fat rope for a tug-o-war…
Entries are strictly by invitation only, so if any club reading this hasn’t received an invitation (sorry), write to us anyway, and we can always put you on our reserve list. Email: Fmpgcsec@gmail.com
Photo above: Ladies A crew (L-R): Kirsty Anthony-Johns, Liz Fernie, Kim Dodge, Sally Thompson, Lena Budd, Mel Williams, Jeremy Stonehouse (cox)
Photo above: Kirsty Anthony Johns collecting the Ladies A prize
Ladies A won their race at the final Tribute race of the season yesterday. They had a good battle with Caradon to the first mark, arriving there alongside each other but our crew with the advantage of having the inside line. LA then pushed hard to ensure there was clearer water at the 2nd mark although Caradon were touching the stern of Zawn as they turned.
On the final leg LA continued to increase their lead to 1.5 boat lengths and eventually finished 9 seconds ahead of Caradon and then Charlestown.