PICTURES: Newquay Gig race final postponed after boat capsizes
The final big event of the gig racing season was cancelled half way through at the weekend after one of the competing boats sank.
Newquay Rowing Club was hosting the men's county championships, which welcomed more than 90 crews for two days' worth of intensive competition.
However, in the second to last race on Saturday, Fowey's gig Lantic, which was being rowed by a team from Cadgwith, was overwhelmed by a freak wave and capsized.
Phil Trebilcock, of Newquay Rowing Cup, said the incident had come out of the blue.
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"Lantic was coming round the eastern marker and she just dropped into a trough.
"She filled up with water in seconds and capsized," he said.
"Fortunately the safety boat was right there."
Mr Trebilcock said the Newquay RNLI lifeboat plucked the team from the water and took them back to dry land.
Meanwhile a rope was put on the Lantic and she was towed back to the harbour.
It was a rare event, he added.
"It was a one-off really. Nobody seems to have known what happened."
The incident, along with forecasts of choppy weather for the second day of racing, prompted organisers to postpone the entire championships.
This will now be run on September 28.
Mr Trebilcock said a few competitors had disagreed with the decision.
"It was felt that in the interests of safety we should hold it at another date.
"It's only a few weeks away and we hope it will go OK then."