After several training sessions at Tamar Lakes we were ready to race in the Cornwall School Games with 20 strong gig rowers, ranging from years 7 – 10, our highest number of rowers ever!
All races were over 500m after an initially long row out to the yellow buoy to start the race in the Fal Estuary.
The year 7-9 mixed boat was rowing first, rowing with good timing and strength they finished 3rd. Our next races were the year 10-11 girls and year 10-11 mixed, both of whom had good experience and rowing ability. Our rowers gave every bit of power and effort they could but both teams again finished 3rd in two very tough heats consisting of many year 11 students.
It would be down to all 3 boats in the reportage races as to whether we would qualify for the finals. Unfortunately in all of our races we were placed in the outside lanes and as the wind picked up and the sea became rougher this noticeably affected our performances. No matter how much our gig rowers rowed with good timing, strength and power we could not close down the stronger teams on the sheltered inside lanes. In all 3 second round races we finished 3rd just missing out on final places.
On behalf of the Budehaven teams I’d like to thank Tanya, Anna, Tony and Sue from Bude and Crackington & Boscastle Gig Clubs for their continued support, coxing and training. Gig rowing at Budehaven continues to be an exciting developing sport with many students now rowing for clubs outside of school. Last but not least I would like to thank our fantastic, hardworking rowers who always give 100% and are a lovely group of students to spend time with.
Year 7-9 Mixed Squad
Asya Bositsch, James Cross, Ethan Cross, Alex Hallett, Dillon McLarney, Isabel Milligan, Chloe Rookes and Evie Skipp,
Year 10-11 Girls Squad
Jamie Ann Hart, Maisie Jory, Abi Laryea, Avril Lynes, Olivia Moyle and Rhiannon Fry,
Year 10-11 Boys Squad