MOUNTS BAY CROWNED:
Mounts Bay's Mixed A crew cruised through the three rounds with no one challenging, so the final was the first time they faced any competition.
In the final they had a cracking start, dropping half the field in the first few minutes, then held a lead into the first turn. Grace Mathews pulled hard bringing the crew around cleanly which stretched out their lead. The crew continued to row well gradually increasing the gap between them and the rest of the field, to cross the line as Mixed Champions.
The Mixed B crew comfortably qualified in first place for round two, rowing well for their first time on the water as a crew. In the next round they faced strong competition from two crews who went on to contest the final. They didn't let this phase them and were in with a chance heading into the first turn, eventually crossing the line in third which knocked them out of the competition.
The Ladies veterans A crew were the out and out favourites for the title, but this by no means guaranteed it in this highly competitive section of gig racing. The crew sailed through to the finals where they met some stronger crews and had to work to get the lead, however their strength and determination won through and as predicted this dominant took the County Championship title to sit alongside their World Championship title.
The Ladies' veterans B crew were unfortunately knocked out of the main title competition in the first round, however made the plate semi-final where they had a fantastic row, leading from the start to qualify for the final in first place. Another strong race in the plate final saw them finish in sixth place.
The Men's veterans A crew qualified comfortably for the final, never under any pressure. In the final they came up against the big guns, it was very tight heading towards the first turn with nothing in it. Mounts Bay capitalised on poor coxing from the crews ahead and crept into second place which they sustained until the dying moments of the race, where they just slipped back into fourth overall.
As with all the other Mounts Bay crew over the weekend, the Mens veterans B pulled an epic performance out of the bag to qualify for the final alongside the Mounts Bay A crew. They contested the final with commitment and finished fifth overall, fighting hard all the way, a fantastic achievement.
Mounts Bay Gig Club crews:
Mixed A: Colin Campbell (cox), Charlotte Roberts, Tressa Hoskins, Ryan Watts, Andy Tester, Grace Mathews and Sam Gilman.
Mixed B: Tracy Tonkin, Ellisha Jenkin, Zack Such, Logan Anderton, Ian Blewett and Ginni Bounds.
Ladies veterans A: Tracy Tonkin (cox), Eleanor Hague, Lucy O'Hare, Rebecca Campbell, Kathy Hawkins, Julie Ancell and Wendy Wheatley.
Ladies veterans B: Tressa Hoskins (cox), Rebecca Harvey, Michaela Screaton, Jo Culley, Teresa Jago, Barbara Tremain and Carolyn McGregor.
Mens veterans A: Charlotte Roberts (cox), Andy Hope, Tim Nicholas, Aidan Doyle, Tony Such, Colin Campbell and Rob Abernethy.
Mens veterans B: Ellisha Jenkin (cox), Steve Dunk, Ian Blewett, Dave Elliott, Julian Parrott, Russ Salter and David Roberts.
Zennor fielded two Mixed Vets crews for last weekend's Mixed and Vets Championships, held in extremely challenging conditions on the Tamar River at Saltash.
Host club Caradon were expected to call the event off, as weather forecasts had predicted winds gusting up to 50 mph, as well as rain, but as no word had been heard to the contrary the club duly set off from Penzance at 6am, in order to get there in time for the first and second heats. Zennor B crew comprising Maxine Millichip, Lesley Osborne, Andy, Billy Faull, Eddy and Philippa Roach came second to Helford A in Heat 1, advancing them to the semi-finals, while Zennor A crew (Guy Litchfield, Siobhan McInerney, Rob Dymond, Ian Oliver, Sam Roberts and Vanessa Bush) repeated this achievement, coming second to Salcombe in their heat.
The difficult conditions led to massive delays, such that both Zennor crews endured a six hour wait until their next races in the semi-finals, where progression to the finals was dependent on a top three placing.
This was achieved by Zennor A, but unfortunately the B crew did not progress further.
Zennor A's semi-final race saw them clash oars and break pins in an encounter with Bideford rowers attempting to muscle in from an outside berth to make the first mark. The ground lost by this clash was further compounded by Helford then blocking the way, but the requisite third place was gained, ensuring a place in the final.
At this point, however, there was more rejoicing from the B crew, at the idea of going home to warm fires and four walls, while the A crew glumly sat it out another three hours until the finals, accompanied by bucketing rain and gusting winds. By the time the finals were contested, at about 6.30pm, the wind had eased slightly, and glimpses of blue sky were to be seen. Zennor were last off the rolling start in Cattewater gig, Pilgrim, but made ground by the time the first mark was reached, overtaking both Helford B and Salcombe A, with their sights set on Cattewater, in Zennor's own boat Senara just ahead.
The positions were maintained however, with the final outcome being that host club Caradon took first place, Helford A second, Cattewater third and Zennor A fourth. The crew were pleased as it was the first time they had rowed together, with one rower having come back from injury to complete the crew.
The next event is at Helford this Sunday. Rowing continues for novices at 6pm on Wednesdays, meeting at the clip in front of Penzance Sailing Club. All are welcome. For details contact cox Greg Williams on 01736 368786.