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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FMPGC won a lovely cup for ‘Best Performance’ at the Falmouth event last Saturday.
We entered crews into every race, with results in the finals as follows:
Men’s A: 3rd
Men’s B: 2nd
Ladies A: 5th
Ladies B: 3rd
Mixed Vets: 4th
Ladies C came 3rd in their morning heat.
Big thanks to Chris Stark and all his helpers for getting Pinnacle ready in time for this weekend, Bridget for towing, Izella Halliday from Helford for rowing with our Junior crew, Dave’s crew for rowing round in the morning and LA for rowing back at the end of a very long day.
Falmouth Gig Club hosted a great event on Gyllyngvase beach. A top venue to showcase gig racing as it offers good access and easy spectating. At times there were 4 heats running on the course at the same time, and being able to see the action from the road above the beach gave a vantage point that is hard to beat.
Flushing & Mylor entered 2 mens, 3 ladies, an U16 and a mixed vets crew. Lots of members having their first race experience and good to see so many new faces in the crews. The results will be available soon once published by CPGA / Falmouth GC and we’ll list them here. Well done to all those taking part, the weather came good in the end, seems Mr Blakes magic seaweed does work after all!
Stand-out performance goes to the “U18s” Ladies C in Pinnaclewinning their race by a good length from Fowey in “Lantic” (2nd over line) and Devoran in “Faith” (3rd over line). A powerful start from Faith saw them leading the large Ladies C fleet until about 1/2 way up the first leg but Pinnacle gradually reeled them in, establishing a clear advantage by the first mark. 3 smooth mark roundings helped to extend our lead and it was a question of finding and maintaining the relaxed rhytmn until the finish. An impressive, controlled and powerful performance, well done girls.
[Pic – Ladies C, winners of heat]
[Pic – Ladies B at the finish]
[Pic – Ladies A test the weight of their race cox…]