Carnival feel to final 'big gig race' of season
The final big event of the gig racing season has taken place two weeks after the original event was cancelled because one of the boats sank.
A total of six finallists lined-up for the start at Newquay harbour on Saturday from an initial field of 90 crews coming from across the Westcountry.
Hundreds of people helped produced a celebratory atmosphere at the start of the 43rd year of pilot gig racing at the town.
John Cuthill, chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, said: "The day went extremely well. There was a real carnival atmosphere at the start, with many spectators cheering at an even higher decibel by the finish."
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The one-and-three-quarter-mile race was won by Falmouth followed the Caradon A and Newquay A crews.
The original event, on September 14, saw Fowey's gig Lantic, being rowed by a team from Cadgwith, overwhelmed by a freak wave and capsize.