It’s that time of year again. FMPGC Christmas parties are legendary and tickets will be selling fast. So grab yours quick!
14th December. 7pm – midnight. Tremayne Hall, Mylor Bridge.
Bring your own food & drink.
The easiest way to buy tickets is via Paypal using the links below. N.B. you do not need a Paypal account to do this.
Alternatively payment can be sent or given to Celia Fraser, 46 Trefusis Rd, Falmouth, TR11 4QQ
Another Sport England Award
The club has just received an offer of a ‘Small Grant’ award of £9750 from Sport England to purchase new equipment for our new wooden gig, built by Dave Currah. This grant will enable the club to buy a new trailer and cover, a set of ladies and men’s oars, cushions and pins. We will be officially naming and launching this new gig in the new year.
FMPGC held a fundraising cake stall at the Flushing Village monthly produce & craft fair on Saturday.
Our new wooden gig is being built by Dave Currah in Looe and should be delivered some time next month. Club members went up to his workshop last week to check on progress.
Rowing out to the startline. Photo from Fiona Kendall.
Men’s A embarked on a 6 day road trip to the annual rowing regatta at Muiden, near Amsterdam last week. Whilst our ladies crew took the easier route of flying from Exeter (lightweights or sensible?) What a brilliant weekend we all had – on and off the water. It’s an intense regatta. 3 long rows of at least 40 minutes each and then there’s the obligatory partying in between. We seemed to cope though. Just.
Jeremy, Mike, Andy, Paddy, Paul and Mark (coxed by Lynn) were in first place after their first two races on the Saturday. But that 1 second lead was unfortunately broken in Sunday’s final when Caradon just pushed them into 2nd place overall (out of 19).
Well done too to Gosse & Bauke Buurma who also joined us for the weekend and were invited to row with a local Dutch gig crew. Most of the gigs at this event were from Holland. This year, it was just FMPGC, Penryn, Salcombe and Caradon who had travelled from elsewhere.
The ladies (Liz, Lynn, Madeleine, Marianne, Celia & Caroline) finished 5th out of 19 gigs and will never forget the biblical conditions in which they had to row on the Sunday morning. They were all grateful for the steadfast coxing of Pat who, in the face of hail stones the size of your hand (well… sort of), had to try and navigate our course back to safety. It was brilliant fun and we were laughing most of the way though.
For some of us it was our first time in Muiden and we’d definitely recommend it. The Dutch were so pleased to see us and the event is brilliantly organised. We were proud to be rowing in Vilt – which received so many lovely comments. As they all said, she was definitely the best looking boat there.
Pictures below (from top): Our men’s crew in Vilt, Our Ladies in Vilt (& fancy dress!), the men receiving their prize, Gosse & Bauke in 1&2 seats of Neptunus.
Some pictures of our crews who took part in the Helford River Race on Saturday.
Well done to Fraser, Isaac, Millie and Hugo who rowed the flashboat (coxed by Bertie). Lynn, Bethan and Ashleigh raced the Skiff and were coxed by Joseph.
Men’s A were the fastest gig out of 30 entrants! And our mixed crew included first-time racers Sean and Chrissie.