Gig Crews Arriving For Newquay Womens’ Invitation Races

Gigrowers are hoping for favourable weather for this weekend’s Newquay womens’ invitation races.

Crew from that town as well as Padstow, Falmouth and Truro are expected to come over on the Scillonian III this morning to challenge islands’ women on the water on Saturday and Sunday.

St Mary’s gig club chair Jess Vian told us that the event is very competitive but as it is a smaller, more intimate fixture than the Championships in May, there’s more camaraderie.

Local crews will be lending out boats.

The Golden Eagle and Bonnet are likely to be loaned out to the visitors but the Newquay rowers will be bringing over the Hope.

On Saturday, the Nut Rock race at 7pm is for the Golden Eagle Trophy.

The home crews will be hoping to hold onto their winner’s title from 2010 as they take on Newquay in the Norshe Silver Paddle race to St Martin’s on Sunday at 11.30. Andy King and Tina Duxbury will present the Norshe trophy as it is named after members of their families who donated it.

Oriel Hicks will hand over her Phoenix Glass Trophy for the overall winner. Last year Falmouth took it.

And in the Mix Up race back to St. Mary’s for the President’s trophy, crew members’ names will be drawn out of a hat.

Jess says it should be a nice round off to the rowing Season.