Helford Events

Head of the River Race - Saturday 6th October 2018

Helford River Gig Club are delighted to be hosting their annual Head of the River Race this October. Please find below more information about the event and who to contact to secure your space in the competition.


10:00 to 12:30

Towers met at the top of hill, Helford Passage (TR11 5LB). Tow your gig to the beach when advised to do so. HRGC will help unload your gig at the beach.

10:00 to 12:30

Tow your trailer to Gweek slip ways. (TR12 6UF)

Tower rowers remember this is a 50-minute round trip.


Cox’s meeting near to Ferryboat Inn. You will be given a start time based on handicap. Please follow guidance given at the Cox’s meeting.


Crews need to leave Ferryboat beach


Start in handicapped groups from mouth of river.


Finish at Seasalt Quay.

16:00 >

Gigs will be called out on VHF Ch 72 to one of two slips at Gweek.

Your trailer will be brought to the slip for you to recover.

16:00 >

HRGC towers will tow your trailer to Gweek Clubhouse field or onto the road if you are leaving straight away.

17:00 >

Eat, drink, dance and prize giving at Gweek clubhouse.

Information for competing clubs

  • Each competing crew must have a VHF radio on board; Ch. 72
  • All 18 yr. olds and under and all coxswains must wear a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.
  • There is a £10 launching fee for the use of Ferryboat Beach.
  • This is a pursuit race from the mouth of the Helford to Gweek. You will be given your start time at the Coxswains' Meeting. Start times are dependent on the gig's crew (eg Ladies, Men, Mixed, Vets, Juniors etc). We welcome any and all combinations.
  • All trailers must be clearly marked with the name of the gig.
  • At the end of the race, your trailer will be brought to you and towed up to the clubhouse for you. Please be patient while this operation takes place.
  • Hot drinks, cakes and a BBQ serving bacon rolls and burgers will be available in the gazebo by Ferryboat beach, Helford Passage.
  • Toilets available in the Ferryboat Inn by kind agreement. Please support and respect the pub, its seating and its clients and only use pub seating (inside or out) if you are a customer of the pub.
  • All participants are invited to the clubhouse in Gweek for food, drink, dancing and prize-giving.
  • Overnight camping is available at the clubhouse by prior arrangement.

Further information and signing up

Nic Wilson - nic.thegarth@gmail.com

Spectators welcome - see details above for catering at Ferryboat beach.

If there is enough interest, there may be a spectator's boat following the Juniors and also watching the finish. Contact Ian at ian@helford-river-boats.co.uk for more info.

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