by tocle on September 24th, 2012 - Comments Off
A&P Falmouth sponsored the Cornish Rowing Challenge at St Mawes on 12 September.
St Mawes, across the water from Falmouth, hosted the Races and were rewarded with thousands of visitors arriving to watch and cheer the teams on. The Races were also covered live by the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, The One Show.
Gold medal winners Helen Glover, from Penzance, Yeovil-born Heather Stanning, Katherine Grainger and Sophie Hosking were all in the same boat, for the series of races off St Mawes, against Cornwall’s best gig rowers.
The Team GB rowers competed first in “sliding seat” boats similar to their own racing boats, and then in gigs against teams from communities across Cornwall.
The evening culminated in a race of ten pilot gigs, mixing the Olympic champions, gig rowers from clubs across Cornwall and spectators who volunteered to have a go.
The Cornish Rowing Challenge, raised money for Helston-based ShelterBox and was organised by the Cornish-born Beijing Olympic medallist Annie Vernon.
Falmouth Gig Club is the current holder of the National Pilot Gig Championship, and rowers from the Club also took part in the Races.