Flushing and Mylor Pilot Gig Club celebrated the launch of its boat Zawn with a naming ceremony at Kiln Quay in Mylor.
The launch coincided almost exactly with the anniversary of the club’s boathouse in 2013, and members and locals saw club chairman Simon Thompson introduce Mylor Parish Council chairman John Symons, who performed the naming ceremony with the customary bottle of champagne.
The gig was commissioned and built by Dave Currah to be the club’s primary racing gig, with a grant from SITA Cornwall Trust, and named after a landmark between Flushing and Mylor after a vote by club members.
Wendy Reading, from the trust, said: “SITA Cornwall Trust was delighted to help fund this worthwhile project. The trust remains committed to supporting gig rowing in Cornwall, which helps promote community involvement and a healthy lifestyle choice. We wish the club every success with their new gig in the future."
Sport England also provided a grant to help towards buying a new trailer, cover, cushions, pins and two sets of oars for the gig, and Mylor Parish Council provided additional financial support.
Guests, including members from Nankersey, Devoran, and Falmouth gig clubs, were joined by the Nankersey |Male Voice Choir for the ceremony, before Zawn was launched from the beach rowed by members chosen by ballot.
Simon Thompson said: “We are proud and excited that Zawn has joined our fleet of gigs, just in time for the World Pilot Gig Championships in May. Our members are already saying she is lovely to row so we are really looking forward to testing her out competitively.
“We are so grateful to SITA Cornwall Trust, Sport England, Mylor Parish Council and all our other supporters who made building Zawn possible.”
The event also raised £200 with a raffle and refreshments provided by club members.
The club welcomed newcomers to the event, as it runs courses in partnership with British Rowing for people interested in making a start in gig rowing.