After almost a year waiting for clear, calm conditions, Helford River Gig Club have picked their day and are currently (as we speak) rowing all the way from Helford River to the Scillies! That’s a full 65 miles, in what is increasingly turning into a rather wet day. All in the name of charity.
Rowers Fred Gleadowe, George Wilson, Ed Gleadowe, Patrick Hopson, Rory Loftus, Maurice Chetwynd-Woods and Charlie Samuel, who have been rowing with the HRGC since they were 12/13, are all taking part along with their coach Dave Merrick. Plus our very own Logistics Manager, Ed, is on board the support boat and reporting back to Seasalt HQ with regular pictures. The picture above shows them earlier this morning just off Lizard Point.
Update at 10pm Monday 25th June: “Just spoken to the support boat. The tide has slowed them down coming into Scillies but they are just about to do one last crew change and then one final push. They should be in by 11pm, may just miss last orders!! I will see if I can get a call into the Mermaid and ask them to delay last orders and give them a cheer. All ‘knackered’ but in good spirits. What a fantastic achievement!”
Update at 9.50am Tuesday 26th June: “They finally arrived at about 11.15pm last night after having the tide turn against them again. They were met by the local policeman who gave them a congratulatory ‘well done’! The local gig club provided them with food and they opened the church hall for them to stay in overnight, which was great, saved putting up a tent!
“Radio Cornwall kindly gave them a call at 6.05am for an interview, hopefully it will be on later in the day!
“Thanks to all of you who have already donated through the Freddi Gleadowe’s Just Giving Page, the money is so much appreciated.
“I am in the process of arranging the collection of Golden Gear, trailer going over first thing tomorrow and she should be on the ship and back at the club on Saturday.
“Again thanks so much for your support and what a great bunch of 18-20 year olds that we have in our club, an amazing achievement. Also again, I can’t say enough thanks to Toddy and Edd for their support in the rib and of course Dave Merrick for getting in the boat and rowing with them!”