National Junior Gig Championships
Sunday 31 July 2016
Sunday 31 July saw the finals of the National Championships of the Junior Gigs Division in which there were 30 crews from as far as Hayling Island in Hampshire who were appearing for the second year.
The weather was wonderful and Newquay Harbour was bustling with supporters and proud parents enjoying the exciting races and glimpsing the occasional appearance of the local seals hoping for some fishy snacks.
As usual the event was organised by John Cuthill and his excellent office staff and tea ladies from Newquay Rowing Club; which ensured a very successful day. The event, which is sponsored by the Cornwall Heritage Trust in the form of the engraved glassware and shields, was attended by the Chairman, Lt Col Philip Hills, and Lt Col Richard Trant who presented the prizes. His Father, General Sir Richard Trant, late Chairman and President of the Trust and a Newquay boy, instigated the sponsorship in 2006 and it is due to be renewed in 2020.
Cornish Gigs are part of the living heritage of Cornwall; participants being both young and veteran crews and the sport is regarded by the Trust as a tradition which will survive well into the future with new gigs being built and more crews being formed in Cornwall and further afield, both nationally and internationally. Congratulations are due to all the junior crews that took part, who all contributed to make the whole day a great success.