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Falmouth Gig Club men's team win County Championships in Newquay
7:43am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
The top men's crew from Falmouth Gig Club completed an historic third straight win at the end of season Newquay County Championships last weekend.
The championships resumed at the quarter final stage after a break of two weeks because of heavy seas, and because of the capsize of a boat in the second round.
Having made relatively comfortable progress through the early rounds, Falmouth were presented with a different challenge in the final, where all six boats complete two laps of the triangular course.
The south coast crew broke clear off the start, but were closely followed by their arch rivals, Caradon from Saltash, who maintained the pressure on the leaders throughout the whole race.
Never more than a couple of lengths ahead, Falmouth finally rowed clear on the sixth leg to claim their third County title in a row.
Victorious Falmouth coxswain Alice Maxted said: "A race like that really shows what heart and determination this group of rowers has. We had some late changes to the crew because the event was postponed, but there was enough strength in depth at the club to carry us through - this was a really tough race for the boys."
Alice's brother and men's rowing captain Jamie Maxted said: "We'd really like to congratulate Caradon on such a brilliant effort, and also for fielding an unprecedented three crews in the final - they have to be the club to watch out for next year!"
Having already secured wins in the last two years, and also taking the World Champions title at Scilly, the Falmouth men's crew are certainly the ones to watch right now.