Tregarthens Coxswain Calls For Changes To Championships Governance

WPGC Womens Finals

Tregarthens gig crossing the line first in Sunday’s Women’s finals.

The coxswain of the Tregarthens crew, stripped of their World Gig Championships title, wants a change in governance of the competition.

And Colin Jenkins has called for an end to the Facebook abuse directed at the Newquay rowers who were later declared winners.

Colin alleges that the Newquay cox obstructed the St Mary’s club boat and whilst he’s angry with him, Colin says their women rowers should not be subjected to unpleasant and harsh comments on social media.

He says the rowers “did what they were supposed to – they were rowing.” Colin lays the blame firmly on the Newquay team’s coxswain.

He’s called for a change to the “back of a fag packet” organisation of the championships, in line with mainland rowing events. And he says that visiting rowers he’s spoken to support that view.

In particular, Colin feels there needs to be a process which allows both parties to put forward their case if there’s a dispute.

He said it shouldn’t be up to one person to make that call, citing the Newquay Championships committee, which he says uses three people to investigate any incident after taking the views of the coxswains involved.

Colin says it was an incredible disappointment to be told they’d won and minutes later to receive a call from a friend warning him that Tregarthens had been disqualified. He can’t understand why they weren’t told before they started celebrating.

And he feels that if St Mary’s were disqualified, then the Newquay crew should have been also on the grounds of zigzagging and obstruction.

Colin says he and his crew are grateful to locals for their support, which he says, “means a lot.”

He says he’s sorry for not being able to keep hold of the trophy, “even though we had our fingers touching it.”

11 Responses to Tregarthens Coxswain Calls For Changes To Championships Governance

  1. MAP May 9, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Check out the Gig Rower website, it shows a GPS tracking of the Newquay Ladies Gig, it shows that the gig was not zig zagging as stated by the Tregarthens Cox. Perhaps he was trying to find an excuse for hitting the Newquay Gig. Is this the reason the video footage hasn’t appeared?

    • SANT ELLI May 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Bonsoir MAP. the tracking show only the 2 gigs have not a direct direction. the 2 go on the portside. Perhaps the wind? perhaps the current ? I don’t know .to say , Newquay are not ZZ you must have more précisions & a moving vidéo. In France we have had a simalor problème (DUNKERQUE )
      The only; and no hight tech is the eyes of un Umpire who go behind the gigs. I go with Umpires boat in Newquay , they have a good culture of “equité”.
      For this year , is finish “VIVE les DAMES de NEWQUAY”. Serge from Brittany.
      Good Luck for the many futur’s W.P.G.C

  2. Rosemary Locke May 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Colin would never cheat!

  3. Bethany Thomas May 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    C or E please please can you send the video footage to this email address It is really important that this is taken seriously and I can pass this evidence onto the relevant people.

  4. Tom May 7, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I watched from the golf course and it was clear that the Newquay gig swerved and changed course at least twice to try and prevent the St Marys gig from passing, with the Newquay cox even looking around to see where to obstruct.
    I think the race officials should hang their heads in shame, and offer a public apology before stepping down as they clearly have no idea of race rules, or how to deal with situations effectively and fairly.

  5. C of E May 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    It was clear in my video footage that the Newquay boat deliberately crossed in front of the Scilly one, not once but 3 times. There is no need for social media abuse it’s appalling and those who are responsible should apologise.

    • MAP May 7, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Wouldn’t the Scilly Cox have done the same if he was in front ?

      • Amy Hiron May 8, 2015 at 8:27 am

        In a World Championship Final….? No he would not!

    • SANT ELLI May 7, 2015 at 10:06 am

      Bonjour , where is your vidéo ?

  6. scruffy May 6, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Well said Colin, I know it will mean a lot to the Newquay girls who have received some awful comment At the end of the day there were 2 great crews of girls rowing their hearts out, doing both Newquay and Isle of Scilly proud. Completely agree about neutral umpires, although it is still not perfect does give all crews involved a chance to put their case, and no result should be announced until all grievences have been heard, very similar to Horse Racing where stewards enquiries can be called by judges.
    Any how end of sensible scruffy
    see you all in September

  7. Jane Callaghan May 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Allegations of obstruction are impossible to deal with without an umpire boat following competitors. In seas like Sunday’s weaving is even harder to prove. The following boat needs using here, and certainly at Newquay, where zigzagging can also be a problem. Good luck to the WPGC organisation in trying to make decision-making foolproof!