Gig rowers enjoyed "best ever" Buller Day on The Lizard
Gig rowers from across the county battled it out during the “best ever” Buller Day at Cadgwith Cove on The Lizard.
Sixteen visiting Cornish gigs joined Cadgwith Gig Club for their annual race event on saturday, with guest crews arriving from the Isles of Scilly, Bristol and Salcombe, all borrowing Cadgwith gigs.
Rachel Holder, Club Secretary said: “Gig racing runs deep in Cadgwith, with the day, and the cove’s first gig, built in 1986, named after local man Richard ‘Buller’ Arthur who was instrumental, along with his friends in Newquay and Scilly, in the revival of interest in gigs, and the birth of the modern sport.”
Calm seas made for near perfect race conditions, and a crowd gathered on the Todden, a promontory dividing the two coves, to gain a vantage point over the action.
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The junior races kicked off the afternoon with the U14 shield going to Coverack in Lark, from Fowey, rowing Mevagissey's gig Endurance.
Caradon put in a strong performance across the races, taking the Ladies A and Mens B. The Caradon ladies borrowed a gig to try their hand in the men’s races, and would have taken 7th in the Mens B, if their result didn't have to be disallowed.
Falmouth in Idas, won the Mens A and the Vets race, pipping Caradon in both these races. The Ladies B was given to Helford as the first crew across the line which didn’t include some A rowers. The mixed race went to Newquay in Hope.
Buller Day also saw many clubs camp over enjoying live music and a barbecue to end the day’s racing.
The event, the gig club’s main fundraiser of the year, raised more than £3,000 whoch is used to cover insurance, boat maintenance and other running costs.
Rachel Holder, added: “We’re all agreed that this has been one of our best Buller Days ever. Everyone has said they’ve had a great day’s racing, and all has gone smoothly. It’s really nice to gather clubs from far and wide. We have crews that travel as far as from Bristol each year who have become honorary friends of Cadgwith. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to it being such a wonderful day.”