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Porkellis Moor Gig Club gets off to a flying start at gig championships

By CGAlex  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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For one of the crews taking part in the World Pilot Gig Championships, a little identity crisis did nothing to stop them from clocking up an impressive first result.

Porkellis Moor Gig Club is less than a year old and normally rows on Stithians Lake, near Falmouth.

However, the club has decided to change their name along with their main rowing venue and will soon be reborn as Portreath Gig Club.

Club captain Claire Radbone said the aim of their first outing on the Scillies was simply to have a “jolly good laugh” and do their best.

However, the club’s veterans have already proved they are a force to be reckoned with after clocking up a healthy mid table finishing position despite only picking up their oars eight weeks ago.

“They did brilliantly,” said Claire, who is also a parish councillor for Wendron.

“They have only been training for seven or eight weeks so to come in the middle of the pack is really good, but they are an ace team.”

She said the club was growing all the time and had brought three teams to the championships, including one member who answered an online plea for another rower and flew in from Holland.

“We only got our boat in November, so it’s all looking good.

“The aim for the championships is to have a jolly good laugh.

“It’s the 25th year of the championships and our first year as a club, so we are just going to go out there and enjoy it.”

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