Bad weather predictions and club illness was not enough to stop Porthleven Gig Day going ahead — thanks to rowers from other clubs pulling together.

Clubs in the area rallied round to make the day possible, after it was at risk of being cancelled.

Claire Culm, Porthleven Gig Club’s welfare officer, said: “We had a whole week when people fell ill. It was really touch and go, not only that the weather was going to be there but the amount of people onboard.

“We had an enormous amount of help from other clubs.”

Members from Zennor did the umpiring, while Coverack manned the finish line. Lots of former club members came out to help.

“It was a real community effort – it was brilliant and it went really, really well,” added Claire, who said that despite the forecast the weather was “beautiful.”

She said: “We really want to say thank you to the other gig clubs that helped and the wider community of Porthleven, because they really did come up trumps for us. We were looking at calling it off.

“It was really nice that they can all come through when the chips are down.”

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Tonight (Wednesday) the club is hosting its annual Across the Bay Race from Marazion to Porthleven, for 13 clubs in the area, with a barbecue on the patio of the Harbour Inn.

The club also needs more male members. Anyone wanting to try out gig rowing can go along to a training session held every Tuesday at the harbour at 5.30pm, or to a social rowing session on a Sunday at 10.30am.

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