As the weather forecast takes its toll on another major gig racing event surely there’s an argument, with some 1000 rowers and supporters having planned their various logistics and arrangements, that a contingency is in place to always have alternative back-up locations available.
1000 people? Well, with around 36 crews each of Men’s A, Men’s B, Ladies A and Ladies B crews making 850+ rowers (because they’re all dedicated crews, no “composite crews”, right?). And, that’s before we think about U16s, veterans and supporters, so the total number will be nearer 1000 people involved.
Yes, of course, the decision to cancel is never taken lightly but where a location is not an all-weather, all-wind location, and where a major turnout is being planned for then it seems totally mad to not have a backup. It’s one thing to cancel a 5 or 10 boat “club” event, but this is the 2nd of the sponsored headline series for the gig racing world that’s been dropped. A rescheduled date is all very well but, it’s the 7th of July that’s been in the calendar for some time and simply rescheduling isn’t much use for those who have planned for this weekend.
Bottom line is Pentewan Sands doesn’t work with an Easterly wind or sea. However, Marazion would probably be fine. As would Saltash, and even Sennen Cove. Another alternative is to relocate to one of the inland lake location.
Our suggestion? Every “Tribute” event should have 1 or 2 backup locations, well discussed, publicised and planned for in advance. Give each location ample advance warning of the potential event dates. When you tot up 1000 racers and spectators bringing £20 or £30 for the day you can see the monetary effect that cancelling can have (not taking into account those camping or using other accommodation).
The race fleet is more than prepared to travel, the competitors want to race, and the sponsors want to see the events take place. Let’s make it happen!