Gig Rowers Make Charity Crossing To Scilly

A group of gig rowers crossed from the mainland to Scilly yesterday to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care.

This was the second attempt in just under a year by the crew from the Helford River Gig Club to make the 65-mile crossing from their home base to St Mary’s.

They were unable to complete the journey last September due to bad weather and yesterday’s conditions weren’t much better with driving rain and poor visibility for much of the crossing.

And it was a long day for the crew – they set out at 7am yesterday morning and reached St Mary’s quay just after 11.15pm.

They made the attempt in the Golden Gear gig and a safety boat accompanied them on the journey over.

Seven of the rowers, Maurice Chetwynd-Woods, Fred and Ed Gleadowe, Patrick Hopson, Rory Loftus, Charlie Samuel and George Wilson, are university students who have been with the club from an early age. They were joined by their coach Dave Merrick.

But the boys won’t have to row back to the mainland. They’re expected to go back on the Scillonian III this afternoon.

The crew are hoping to raise £10,000 for the Hospice charity and you can make a donation by visiting their Just Giving Page. (