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Next generation of gig rowers battle it out at junior championships in Newquay

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

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ALMOST 200 young rowers battled it out on the open sea near Newquay on Sunday in the Open County Pilot Gig Junior Rowing Championships.

The Caradon A team eventually emerged victorious in the final, followed by Cadgwith A, Fowey and Coverack A.

Dozens of spectators lined the harbour walls to watch the youngsters, who were all under 16 years old, in action.

The highest-placed mixed team, of three boys and three girls, was Cotehele Quay in seventh, while the best performance by an all-girl crew was Cadgwith C, who finished 11th.

John Cuthill, chairman of Newquay Rowing Club, which hosted the event, said: "It went very well, in spite of the weather.

"Luckily, the wind seemed to be blowing over the top of us. It was great to see so many young rowers out there. These individuals are the future of gig rowing and they did themselves proud."

Club secretary Julie Arthur added: "We had a lot of support and would like to say a huge thank you to parents and families for coming along, and to Newquay Rowing Club for running the event and making it a success."

The race was sponsored by Cornwall Heritage Trust.

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