World Gig Rowing Champs Day 3

The morning after the day before …….. big time sea mist

Can’t even see the end of harbour

Through the mist an ocean liner appears

Getting better – soon be time to start racing …

Rodney Bey heads out for the Finals

Followed by Shelly Maid

Rodney Bey weaving her way through the boats in the harbour

Followed by Shelly Maid


Like butterflies over the water …

Still a bit misty half way over

But it has cleared by the time racing begins. On the way back …. Rodney Bey holding off Ella Rose

 Shelly Maid – looking good



And now the liner appears! Shelly Maid being edged by Energy

Glorious spectacle

End of the Men’s Race – all the Crews raise their oars to the Champions

Nothing quite like it in UK sport

158 gigs with their oars – amazing

Well done all and thanks to the organisers….. lets do it all again next year.

Congratulations to Looe (Mens champions) Caradon (Ladies champions)



Gig champs day 2

The weather yesterday was idyllic! I can’t remember a World Champs Day when the weather was so perfect.

It all starts at a leisurely pace….

Standing around and thinking

It’s a busy beach now

The sunlight was perfect …

On the way out to the start

And then the racing begins

Shelly Maid in the middle of it

Coxing in action ……

All done

But none of this explains why 10 pints of Proper Job had to accompany me .. all’s well this morning



Salcombe Regatta 2017

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

Sparkling sea

Great day for the Ladies B – really making some progress compared to last year

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The World Gig Rowing Championships – final race

After the final race all 150 gigs raft up in the harbour

Much merriment is had

Our Hawaiian theme

Enough said

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!

Bonus row in Serica

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.





Our new gig

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

Rodney Bey

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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The rules of the sea

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.

coxing-2How has priority on the sea and how to avoid collisions

coxing-3Blasts on the horn along with spring and neap tides

coxing-4The rule of twelfths and the impact of highs and lows

coxing-6Buoys in the Exe Estuary

coxing-5And how they really are from the Exmouth Tidetable 2017

A great day – thanks Max