What better way to kick off summer and celebrate the end of the oyster season than with an entire weekend dedicated to oyster eating and gig rowing on the spectacular Carrick Roads. James Eddy, our model/artist/coxswain took to the waters to help celebrate.
“On a glorious spring day, Nankersey and St. Agnes gig clubs enjoyed a relaxed day of racing and oyster eating at the very first Flushing Oyster and Fish Festival.
“Over the winter months the two rowing clubs, although rivals on the racing circuit, have been sharing the same field in Mylor and training for the World Championships and summer racing season.
“For the racing, rowers from both clubs put their names in a hat, with mixed crews chosen for races down the river from Penryn. And even though rowing around Trefusis headland proved a little sporty – the east wind giving some of the novice rowers their rough water baptism – the river races enjoyed calmer waters and the teams came out with even honours.
“Prizes for winning crews were… oysters! A splendid day was had by all and perhaps a new yearly tradition has begun.”
The Festival was hosted by ‘The Waterside’ restaurant on Flushing quay, with shellfish refreshment provided by Cornish Native Oysters, the last fleet in the world regulated to work using only sail and oar.