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.
Our Mixed Vets Crew who raced at Porthleven yesterday and finished 4th in their race. Men’s B also attended and came 3rd.
Our ladies supervets crew fought hard at Caradon last weekend and it was a close run thing in the final against Falmouth. In the end, after 3 races in total, they finished a fantastic 2nd overall (out of about 15). Well done to Caro (not pictured as she had to dash home!), Kris, Sue, Liz, Carol and Frances. Marianne coxed.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, why not accept the invitation to be a part of the parade of classic sail? Seemed a well organised affair, detailed instructions and a parade route from the docks to Pendennis point including a salute to civil dignitaries. The event was to include fire boats and loads of classic vessels of all shapes and sizes. It was also Claire’s birthday so seemed like a good idea to celebrate it surrounded by classic sail. What could go wrong?
On a beautiful morning we launched Penarrow at the duly allotted time and pottered out into a gently circling mass of parade boats. We took an “easy” in a suitable vantage point, Claire handed round a few beverages and snacks and we gave a particularly harmonious rendition of “happy birthday” as working boats, classic yachts and launches and a gig under sail (must get Flushing converted!) passed by. We were all snapping away at the glorious sights around us although in the bright sunshine it was difficult to “frame” that perfect shot. Then came the call on the radio for red group to parade – that was us!
We had noted that all the action seemed to be centred around a beautiful white yacht at anchor (rumoured to belong to Pete Townsend of “The Who” fame), we all agreed that must be the parade boat so Claire deftly steered us to the West as instructed. When perfectly aligned Claire gave the instruction to “Toss oars”, although there were a few sniggers amongst those who hadn’t heard this phrase before, we felt the salute was pretty slick and accompanied by 3 rousing cheers. In response we received a deafening blast from the canon on board the yacht, “they must have appreciated it” we thought.
It was a little later that we noticed all the other boats were saluting the St Mawes Ferry, strange we thought, then it dawned on us….
So in summary:
We saluted the wrong Boat!
Got shot at!
Missed the civil dignitaries entirely!
Got a lovely photo of “Governor” buoy (well it was a bright day and it did look a bit like a yacht through the viewfinder!)
But all had a really good time
Happy Birthday Claire!
Thanks to everyone who supported and attended our regatta yesterday. It was a huge success and the short, sprint races seemed to be a hit with club members and visitors, with most rowers getting to race more than once if they wanted to. Running parallel to the shore, the racing was also good to watch as a spectator and, for most of the time, the weather was kind.
Flushing & Mylor won the Men’s Open, Ladies Open, Mixed Vets and Mixed Supervets Races! Falmouth won the Junior and Open Mixed races. Newly purchased trophies were handed out. Lots of money will have been raised towards club proceeds from the sale of food and drink and the huge raffle. Totals to be announced in due course.
Thanks to Nankersey, Falmouth, Helford, Devoran, Truro and Penryn gig clubs for attending. Especially to Devoran who made the most effort with their pirate costumes!
Click on image below to see the full and final results.
Estimated Regatta Timings
Breakfast / Bacon Baps etc on the go by 9.30am
Coxes meeting 10am
10:45 Race 1 : Mens Open
11:45 Race 2 : Ladies Open
12:45 Race 3 : Juniors mixed
13:45 Race 4 : Vets mixed
14:45 Race 5 : SuperVets mixed
15:45 Race 6 : Open mixed
16:45 Prize Giving
There will also be a cup for the overall
Best Performing Club
and the Best Dressed 1792 “Pilot”
A few FMPGC veterans decided to try their hand at 15ft skiff racing at Stithians reservoir on Sunday. It turned out to be a gloriously sunny day, packed with a full schedule of racing in various configurations including mixed oar, single rower with paddles, and three-up (randan) with mens and ladies heats, semi-final and final. So in all, a high number of races to watch and take part in, which is one of the big differences to racing gigs.
Despite limited practice (one evening outing should do it we thought…) we came through the heats to the semis, winning some of the heats by a good margin. Smudger even made the podium with a third in the mixed oar.
Taking part were: Frances, Andy, Smudger, Colin, Barry, Madeleine, Steve & Mike.
Thanks to Penny and Sally for being part of the organising crew.