Ninety gig teams set for ladies championship event
The best of women's gig racing in the Westcountry will be showcased at Newquay this weekend with the staging of the 36th annual ladies championships.
The event, a popular fixture on the sport's calendar, will see 90 teams from Cornwall, Devon and Dorset take part.
Awarding the trophies this year will be real life hero Charlie Toogood, who in May risked his own life to leap onto an out of control speedboat which had already run over and killed a father and daughter in the Camel estuary.
John Cuthill, chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, said the weekend promised to be an amazing spectacle of the best of women's gig racing.
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"The standards just keep getting better and better," he said.
"We will have 90 crews racing a kite-shaped one-and-three-quarter-mile course out of Newquay Harbour.
"They will be whittled down to the last six crews who will race in the final at about 4pm on Sunday."
Mr Cuthill said it was always a well attended event.
"It's a popular championship and we always get a lot of spectators who turn up on the day.
"There are so many good vantage points around the harbour and we'll have boats going out and following the race as well.
"There's also refreshments and home-made cakes available at the clubhouse. Weatherwise it's looking very good, so I hope we'll have lots of people coming to see these fantastic athletes."
The Newquay championships rounds off the gig racing season which was opened by the World Championships on the Isles of Scilly in May.
Defending county champions Falmouth – also the reigning world champions – will be hoping to add to their silverware collection with another win.
The Newquay men's championship will be held on the weekend of September 14/15.