Former Tregarthen’s Gig In First Major Race

The Treasure in action in Holland last weekend. Thanks to Janice Caine (rowing in the bow) for the photo.

The former Tregarthen’s gig was in action last weekend in her first competitive race since being bought by a rowing club in the Netherlands.

Janice Caine, a rower with the Truro River Club, contacted us after she was drafted in to row for the Loosdrecht ‘Chillies’ ladies crew in the Muiden Pampus Muiden event, following the illness of a team member.

The MPM, now in it’s 20th year, is a gruelling 7-mile race to Pampus Island and back, which is run 3 times over the championship weekend and around 160 rowing vessels took part in the race this year.

Janice subbed in the first race, while Tracey Cooke from Truro took the oars in the second and Ren Beckerleg from Newquay did the last.

She says the gig is now called the ‘Treasure’, keeping the first three letters of the old Tregarthen’s name for good luck and Janice says she lived up to her name, being a “treasure to row in.”

Janice says this was the first competitive race for the ladies crew and they did remarkably well, winning the ladies pilot gig vet race and coming 4th overall, above many Cornish crews.

The former Tregarthen’s gig was purchased by the Loosdrecht rowing club in the summer.

They had been using plastic vessels for rowing with their 150 members and this is their first wooden boat.

And Janice says the ladies are looking forward to facing the new Tregarthen’s gig, currently being built by Peter Martin at Porthloo, during their first trip to Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships next year.