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Gig teams flock to Cadgwith for perfect conditions

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 12, 2013

Above: The crew of Messack pull away from the beach at the annual Buller Day celebrations at Cadgwith on Saturday. Left: The gigs return to the cove  Pictures:

Above: The crew of Messack pull away from the beach at the annual Buller Day celebrations at Cadgwith on Saturday. Left: The gigs return to the cove Pictures:

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Gig rowers from across the Westcountry enjoyed near-perfect conditions as they fought it out for the honours at Cadgwith's annual Buller Day.

More than a dozen Cornish gigs took part in the West Cornwall fishing village's annual race day, with guest appearances by crews from further afield, including the Isles of Scilly, Bristol and Salcombe.

Calm seas made for ideal race conditions on Saturday, with crowds gathering on the Todden, a promontory dividing the two coves, to watch the action.

The juniors kicked off an afternoon of friendly but competitive racing, with the under-16s race being won by Caradon, who had taken the county title the week before. The under-14s shield went to Coverack who finished ahead of Fowey.

Falmouth won the Men's A and the veterans race, pipping Caradon in both events. The Ladies' B title was given to Helford as the first crew across the line without some A rowers. The mixed race went to Newquay. Caradon took the honours in the Ladies' A and Men's B categories.

Buller Day is a major social occasion on the cove's calendar. Many of the visiting gig clubs camped over and joined the celebrations in Cadgwith's gig shed.

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