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Announcement: Welcome to Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club

We’re here to promote and encourage participation in the amateur sport of rowing, based in the communities of Flushing & Mylor (from under 14s to our famous ‘supervets’. All ages, shapes and sizes! – read on…). The pilot gig racing circuit extends from the westernmost Isles of Scilly, all over Cornwall and along the south and west coasts as well as overseas such as at the amazing MPM event in Holland.

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Current Learn to Row Course started: 29th March

Helford River Race

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

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Junior rowers: Flashboat ‘Jumping jack’ – Bethan, Maddy, Ashleigh, Maddie    Flashboat ‘Zilpha’ – Fraser, Isaac, Millie, Mattie   Skiff ‘joker’ – Ryan, Lynn, Joseph

 

Flushing 8 do the Great River Race

Last year had gone well, with only a few festering blisters and other unmentionable injuries of note so it couldn’t be any worse if we did it all again this year could it? So on a fine September morning the “Cornish Sea Chiantis” made their way to “The Smoke” with poor old Pinnacle in tow.

We all met up on the Friday night at “The Mayflower” pub for a team briefing, which as the name suggests was very brief and followed by much carb loading on a beautiful terrace over the Thames. It was a lovely warm September night. Can’t remember any more!

The next morning we all met up again in a derelict car park several hundred yards from Millwall Slip where we were due to launch and start the race at our allotted time of 13.36. Anyone ever tried to get nearly 1/2 tonne of boat and kit 400 yards down a main road with no trolley? Nor had we, but calling on our finest Anglo Saxon we managed it, and launched just in time for our start. We were all exhausted before the race began! Caro skilfully guided us to an excellent start and we were off in perfect rowing conditions.

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We quickly got into “stride”, our crew changes went well and we made excellent progress overtaking many of the slower boats. All of our coxes did really well with no significant incidents to note so we could concentrate on the rowing and the fabulous sights, Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Wibbly Wobbly, Tate, London Eye etc etc. All too soon we were out of central London and heading towards Richmond where we made our dash for the finish just in front of Ham House, that was it – finished! We took a Prosecco pause. Steve thought he was hallucinating as a car slowly circled around us, we pinched him several times (perhaps too many) but it was no good we all decided it really was a car so we rowed to the White Swan for congratulatory drinks. The car followed us!!!

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How did we do? Well we trounced last years time doing the 21 miles in 2hrs 36mins and 28 seconds. This meant we were..

69th fastest out of 332 entrants

17th out of 47 Pilot Gigs

24th out of 83 mixed crews

111th overall using their funny handicap system that nobody understands

So a brilliant result – well done to Fi, Caro, Madeleine, Dave, Steve, Sean, Tom & Tim.

Shall we do it all again next year?

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The selection process for the World Championships is about to start!

Flushing & Mylor welcome all rowers (new and experienced) to come forward to take part in the selection process for race crews to compete at the next World Pilot Gig Championships. As ever, these will be held in the Isles of Scilly next May.

FMPGC has a great reputation for its

1. Open and transparent selection process

2. Encouragement of new rowers into the sport – socially or racing

3. Opportunities to race in fast, new gigs including our most recent boat - Zawn (launched 2014)

4. Results in recent years (Men’s and women’s A crews reaching the World Championships Open final and men’s Veterans crew 2nd overall in 2013 & 14)

Existing and new members who may be interested in hearing more about the FMPGC selection process for 2015 are invited to an informal get together on Thursday 25th September, 7:00pm to 8:30pm, at Flushing Sailing Club.  The bar will be open and there will be a chance to discuss any questions you might have.

Following this meeting, the deadline for submission of completed selection registration forms will be midday on Monday 6th October.

NEW ROWERS OR NON-MEMBERS

If you have raced for other clubs or never raced in a gig at all, then there’s plenty of time to get involved and build up to racing with us in the Isles of Scilly next year. The club is holding introductory coaching sessions on Sunday mornings and these start on September 28th. If you are interested in taking part but are not yet a member of our club, please email selection@ fmpgc.org  Please also use this email to let us know if you have any other questions or would like advice about submitting your application.

EXISTING MEMBERS

Sign up for the introductory coaching sessions on the club calendar. Other selection sign-up dates will be added in due course. And more information about the selection process can be found in the members-only area of the website under ‘Selection’.

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FMPGC off to Great River Race

Click on the image below for information about this upcoming event. The FMPGC rowers taking part will be: Crew: Dave Matthews, Steve Hutt, Tim Wood, Sean Yendle, Caroline Cash, Fiona Kendall, Tom Wood, Madeleine Tidbury-Thornegreat_river_race_2014

Devoran Regatta 2014

Flushing & Mylor crews raced at Devoran dressed as pirates this year. Well done to all who took part.

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The best seat in the house!

Some of FMPGC members took a gig out and moored her up to watch the Red Arrows display over Falmouth on Wednesday evening. They were right under the main flight path and had a fantastic view of the entire display.

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FMPGC at Porthleven

Our Mixed Vets Crew who raced at Porthleven yesterday and finished 4th in their race. Men’s B also attended and came 3rd.porthleven_vets