Cornish Pilot Gigs on Tour
Every November there is a rowing race held in a small town in Holland called Muiden. It has been running for 19 years and attracts hundreds of entries from all over Holland with many different types of rowing boats. The racing starts on a canal and then competitors race out onto an inland sea, around an Island and then return to the canal. Crews race over this five and a half mile course three times over two days with the winners posting the lowest aggregate times in various categories. The race is called Muiden - Pampus - Muiden or MPM. Conditions vary over the three races and times are around 40 minutes for males gig crews and about 44mins for female gig crews.
Each year various crews from Cornwall and Devon take Cornish gigs to compete with the Dutch gigs and other boats. This year the event was attended by several Cornish clubs and several composite crews. Crews and clubs represented included Truro, Penryn, Mevagissy, Porthleven, Bude, Salcombe, Dartmouth and Bristol. ours.
The Ladies, coxed by Christina Thorp and Rob Grose, included members from Truro, Porthleven, Bude and Dartmouth and came 9th in the Ladies Gig Section. The men were coxed by Christina Thorp and consisted of members from Truro, Culdrose, Bude and Penryn and came 8th.
Racing is competitive over the two days but there is a very friendly atmosphere. On the first night there is an amazing presentation ceremony followed by a party. The second day is rounded off with another amazing prize-giving ceremony. Cornish crews stay on traditional Dutch Sailing barges moored in the marina and receive a warm welcome from the Dutch organisers and competitors.
Competitors would like to thank Rob Grose of Truro River Rowing Club who put the crews together and organised their particpation.