On the 6th June 1944, D-Day, the largest armada in human history made it’s way towards the French coast.
65 years on a grey wet morning saw Falmouth’s popular Gyllyngvase beach filled by an armada of gigs, rowers and supporters. Hardy souls were erecting gazebos, queuing for tea and discussing tactics. With this the first large event since the World Championships, who would battle to the top?
Just under 50 boats lined up on Gyllyngvase beach yesterday for the first Tribute Series event in the 2009 racing calender.
Overcast skies and persistent rain met the thousand plus rowers that arrived for the days racing. As the mens crews set out for the first race of the day the rain stopped and slowly the skys cleared and made way for a glorious afternoon of racing.
The ‘Mens A’ race was won by Caradon who had a blistering start and made the turn mark in first position and went on to finish ahead of Par, Mounts Bay and Falmouth who came in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.
The Ladies A race saw Falmouth dominate beating world champions Roseland who came in 3rd behind Caradon.
For a full list of results click here. (Updated, this a new PDF the old one had errors this one is correct. 19:42 Monday)
Top-3′s in each class :
Mens A – Caradon / Par Bay / Mounts Bay
Mens B – Caradon / Mounts Bay / Falmouth
Mens C – Mounts Bay / Helford / Falmouth
Ladies A – Falmouth / Caradon / Roseland
Ladies B – Falmouth / Caradon / Mounts Bay
Ladies C – Flushing & Mylor / Mounts Bay / Falmouth
U16 – Penryn / Mounts Bay / Fowey
The day was a huge success and well done to all those who helped make the day run smoothly.
Once again the problems with round the buoy racing were highlighted as start line lane allocation became a significant factor in the final results board. This was most apparent on the Mens A race as many of the boats passed the six length mark abreast of each other in the same order as the start lane giving a significant advantage to the inside boats and one has to ask if a straight line race would be fairer? Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment to this post …