Devoran Gig Club rowers recount dramatic County Championships in Newquay VIDEO (From Falmouth Packet)
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Devoran Gig Club rowers recount dramatic County Championships in Newquay VIDEO
11:09pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
The partially submerged gig "Lantic" brought back to Newquay harbour after overturning earlier in the day
Two men's crews from Devoran Gig Club made their way to Newquay last Saturday to take part in what turned out to be one of the most dramatic County Championships in recent years.
The drama started in the first round when the Devoran A crew were involved in an incident which saw their gig rudder become unseated close to the finish, resulting in a lack of directional control and a 'coming together' with the gig being raced by Porthleven.
Despite that they crossed the line in a very credible time and qualified for the second round. The Devoran B crew rowed well in their heat but unfortunately were unable to reach the qualifying time to progress to the second round.
The second round was no less dramatic with one of the Devoran A Crew rowers losing an oar around the second mark. Once again, the crew response was magnificent as the remaining five rowers produced a performance which saw them through to the subsequent round. The oar was rescued by the RNLI.
Both Devoran incidents were, however, overshadowed by a freak accident involving Cadgwith B crew which resulted in their gig overturning. To great relief all round, the rowers were quickly plucked unharmed from the sea by the safety boat and the RNLI recovered the partially submerged gig.
The resulting delay and gale strength winds forecast for Sunday's racing unfortunately meant that the Championships has been postponed until weekend 28th September when the crews will have to race all over again.
A truly memorable day of racing which has brought into sharp focus the challenge of coxing in close proximity to other boats, the power of the sea and the value of the safety boat and RNLI.