After a very wet morning in Salcombe the sun finally came out when the racing began – here are a few photos from the afternoon
Mens B Crew getting the better of Penlee Point
Time to stop rowing
Starting line for the Ladies B
Shelly Maid pulling out of the pack
Lovely little beach
Great day for the Ladies B – really making some progress compared to last year
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After the final race all 150 gigs raft up in the harbour
Much merriment is had
Our Hawaiian theme
All the crews then raise their oars as the final heat and the World Champions arrive
Black Rock …. again …. very well done
Margot and Caroline won the Sportsman Trophy for their amazing volunteering efforts in the Tunnel and the Slipway over the weekend – without volunteers this event would collapse!
Got a bonus row last night with the ‘American’ crew at the Isles of Scilly World Gig Rowing Championships. I say ‘American’ as there was only one American in the boat – the rest of use were English! Nevertheless we were rowing in the Super Vets Race for Gloucester Gig Rowing Club from Massachusetts!
We had borrowed the St Mary’s Gig Serica which was built in 1967.
A slight problem was that the gig leaked rather badly ….. Serica obviously hadn’t been in the water for months and wood had dried out.
Hey ho – all part of life’s rich tapestry!
The weather was pretty good for the race from St Agnes even if the tides weren’t so kind.
With a boat half full of water and a crew that had never rowed together the result was inevitable but nevertheless it was great fun.
Yesterday Exmouth Gig Club celebrated the blessing and launch of Shelly Maid – our brand new gig boat – built by Louis Hunkin and funded by the One Family Foundation. A great day in the sunshine here are some of my photos from the day.
Had two rows this morning, the first in our new as yet un-named gig which was funded by the OneFamily Foundation after we won the public ballot last year – which many of you helped us with.
So here is the new gig – which will be named in due course and will then be going to the Isles of Scilly for the World Championships
Rodney Bey was also out this morning – this is the Exmouth A crew and I’m in the new gig with the B crew
Out early – the sun rises over the sea front at Exmouth
Getting ready to race the A crew who only seem to have 5 oars? They still beat us though but we did have a broken pin at the start ……..
The trace of the first row
Both gigs together
Trace of the shorter second row
The new gig is a treat to row and is fabulous!
Thanks OneFamily Foundation.
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Beautiful sunrise in Exmouth this morning
Chilly but near perfect conditions for gig rowing with Exmouth Gig Club
Time for a breather
Yesterday I went to a course which started the process about becoming a cox for Exmouth Gig Club. Here are a few photos from my note book.
Different types of buoys – lateral buoys: red on the left (port), green on the right (starboard) – mark the navigable channel when entering a port; cardinal markers – locating hazards and various other buoys.
How has priority on the sea and how to avoid collisions
Blasts on the horn along with spring and neap tides
The rule of twelfths and the impact of highs and lows
Buoys in the Exe Estuary
And how they really are from the Exmouth Tidetable 2017
A great day – thanks Max