THE presence of Cornwall's Olympic rowing gold medallist Helen Glover provided some much-needed cheer to the rain-swept Cornwall Men's gig racing final in Newquay on Sunday.
Helen, from Penzance, wasted no time chatting to rowers and locals, signing autographs and posing for pictures with her medal.
Falmouth A team eventually emerged victorious after a tough weekend of rowing, with Par Bay A in second and Caradon A finishing third.
Mounts Bay A team came fourth with Charlestown A in fifth and Helford A finishing sixth. The win for Falmouth completed a championship double for the club who won the ladies' title at Newquay two weeks' previously.
The Mounts Bay A crew of Charlotte Roberts (cox), Zack Such, Andy Tester, Ryan Watts, Tony Such, Andy Hope and Sam Gilman qualified for the final, which sees crews race twice around the course.
In the final after a strong start Mounts Bay just slipped into fourth place going into the first turn, on the second leg they applied the pressure onto Caradon in third, but it wasn't quite enough and Mounts Bay consolidated their fourth place for the remainder of the race.
This goes with the second place the ladies achieved a fortnight earlier (team picture, page 81), proving that Mounts Bay are not only the best club in West Cornwall but also closely chasing Falmouth to be the top club in the Cornish Pilot Gig Association.
The Mount's Bay men's B crew of Ellisha Jenkin (cox), Jonathan McCree-Grey, Ian Blewett, David Elliott, Tim Nicholas, Colin Campbell and Rob Tilley missed out on a quarter final place by one second, finishing 25th overall, a fantastic result for a crew containing three super-veterans (over 50s).
Helen was on hand to present medals to the winners at the event which marks the end of the gig rowing season in Cornwall.
John Cuthill, chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, said of Helen: "She was amazing and totally stole the show. The whole occasion was greatly enhanced by her presence and she had time for everyone. It was a highly successful weekend."