The end of September brought us the Great River Race 2014, held in London. This year, a crew from Hayle took ‘Azook’ on the 11hr journey to the capital to take part in one of Europe’s most prestigious rowing events. Our men were crowned fastest Cornish Pilot Gig, finishing merely 21 seconds ahead of their Dutch rivals.
More than 330 crews competed in the 21.6 mile event, with Hayle Men coming in at 15th over the line. Up to 20,000 spectators watched as Azook, coxed by Phil Pring, fought long and hard the entire length of the race against the competition. To secure the coveted title of Fastest Cornish Pilot Gig was a huge achievement, the physical demands placed upon the body over the 2hrs 20mins and 34 seconds it took, are of a higher order.
It was a great surprise then, that with over 330 boats entered into the race, our old boat Isis (bought new by the club in 1992 and sold in August 2013) would be sat alongside us! It was great to see the two boats together again, and the crew took full advantage for a photo opportunity! A proud moment for the club, the guys did extremely well. The trophy, now inscribed with our club’s name, was presented to Trevor and Margaret of The Old Quay House, for their continued support, enthusiasm, and sponsorship throughout the season.