The (Dorset) are planning to row a Cornish pilot gig from Lands End to Poole Quay on a jolly/raid. A distance of some 250 miles, they’ll be stopping for ‘refreshment’ and some charity bucket rattling at points along the route, with their planned port of call for Sunday the 16th being the Chainlocker at Falmouth.
Rowing up from Cadgwith on that leg, they’re hoping to arrive “sometime from lunchtime onwards”. Their support van will be at the pub from 1pm and will keep people up to speed on the crew’s e.t.a.
Never having rowed before, the Pirates are enjoying (sic) a steep gig rowing learning curve which has left them with no skin whatsoever left on their backsides. “And we’ve already had our first tantrum in the boat” laughed organiser, John from the Jolly Sailor in Poole. “It all got resolved swiftly in the bar afterwards, though”.
The Pirates are hoping to see as many gig clubs as possible turn out along the route… on the water if possible and in the pub for certain. It should be some helluvah do (and an ideal mid-May social), with the Chainlocker planning to organise entertainment in the form of a bit of a sing (the Falmouth Shout are to attend, I’ve heard).
Full details of the plundering plans can be found on the Pirates of Poole’s website.