The annual HRGC Mini Scillies event took place at Helford Passage on Saturday 14th March. The winning crews were as follows: Men - Looe. Ladies - Falmouth. Men's Vets - Truro. Men's SV - Falmouth. Ladies Vets - Charlestown. Ladies SV - Helford. For a full set of results visit the Mini Scillies event page.
On Saturday 26 October, Helford River Gig Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary by holding an An Gof race on the Helford, followed by a party up river at their clubhouse in Gweek.
What was billed as ‘fun, lightly competitive racing’ turned into a fiercely fought race from the north side at Bar Beach, across the river to the south side by the Helford River Sailing Club.
Huge congratulations to our Ladies A Crew who came 4th in the Cornish Championships out of 120 crews - what brilliant rowing.
Our beautiful boat Merthen was also in the finals and came 1st.
Well done to all our men’s crews- a superb finish to the county championships 2019 with the Men’s A making the finals (as well as the ladies) and coming 6th! Men’s B were 20th and the C crew were in the first rounds Saturday. Merthen was also the winning boat (again!). Fantastic
Merthen, the gig that won the finals in both the men's and ladies' final at this year's championships is currently for sale. For more information, please contact our committee.
A great days racing today in tough conditions - a first time for some rowing in such difficult conditions so a great well done to all. There was a little bit of boat bashing too (see results below) but as usual a fun and most enjoyable day with Helford RGC and great to see the Juniors doing so well - especially against some rather large U18s.
Amazing day down at Mounts Bay today, sun shining for us all!
Helford River Gig Club are hosting a Switch 'n' Swap on 12th April 2019 at 7:30pm. Laura and Jane will be collecting donations of high quality, secondhand items including:
- Clothing (both adult's and children's)
- HRGC club kit
Helford River Gig Club are selling their Cornish Pilot Gig Merthen, which was built in 1999 by D & J Currah. Full maintenance record is available, with any and all repairs being carried out by professional craftsmen to a high standard.
£15,000 including Boat, Seats, Trailer and Cover. Merthen is ready to tow and row!
23 pilot gigs, skiffs, flashboats and for the first time 2 surfboats, from clubs as far away as Bristol, descended on Helford Passage this weekend for Helford’s annual ‘Head of the River Race’.
The race, which traditionally marks the end of the racing season runs the length of the Helford, from its mouth all the way down to Gweek – some 5 kilometres. With impressive views along the way, it’s always a spectacle to watch, with crews of juniors, mixed, mens and ladies vying for a coveted trophy.
Heavy rain gave way to warm autumnal sunshine in time for the race start, which was preceded by a minute’s silence in honour of much-loved and missed clubman Richard Winfrey, who passed away recently. Crews stood alongside their gigs on the beach with oars raised in remembrance of one of the founders of the club, fondly known as Winf.
A celebration event involving hot food, drink, and live music marked the end of a great day’s racing, with some 200 plus rowers and supporters spilling out of the clubhouse. Trophies were awarded to the winning Juniors team from Flushing and Mylor, and the first boat across the line, flashboat Abigail from Polperro. Zennor took the prize for first gig over the line, rowing a great race in Melusine. As a permanent memorial to the big man, the Richard Winfrey trophy was awarded to fastest crew, Boscastle and Crackington, rowing Torrent. A full list of the results can be found below.
The club would like to thank everyone that attended, as well as the army of Helford club members that pulled together and worked hard to make this such a fantastic day. Their next event will be the Mini Scillies in Spring, date to be announced.
On 8th September 2018, Helford's Bar Buoys crew took on the challenge of London's Great River Race. Rowing Merthen 21.6 miles from Millwall to Richmond is no mean feat and the crew did exceptionally well!
The crew comprised of one cox and seven rowers. The Great River Race rules state a passenger is required for the duration of the event. The Bar Buoys swapped in and out during the race, sharing the rowing equally. The Thames is notoriously complex to navigate at the best of times, even more so when competing against 320 other fixed seat boats. The crew successfully manoeuvred through all 28 bridges and arrived in Richmond 2 hours and 39 minutes later.
The Bar Buoys finished 40th overall out of 320 fixed seat boats and 9th out of 50 in the Cornish Gig class.