Members of Hayle Pilot Gig Club raised almost £1000 recently by completing a 12.5 mile sponsored walk from Marazion to Hayle. The route followed the renowned St. Michael’s Way, which spans Cornwall from south coast to north. It is thought to have been used by pilgrims and missionaries from Ireland and Wales, who abandoned their ships to walk across the peninsula rather than cross the treacherous waters around Land’s End. Caz Waddell, ladies captain for Hayle Gig Club, says “We had a very wet start when we set out from Marazion, but the rain didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits and we had a great turn out. We stopped for lunch at Trencrom, our half-way point, and by the time we reached Lelant the sun had come out and we knew we had raised almost £1000.” Members of every section of the club, from the juniors to the vets, completed the walk in order to raise funds to enter five crews into the World Championships in the Isles of Scilly in May. Rob Pring, club chairman, says “Hayle is a really buzzing club with over 60 members and I’m really proud that virtually every one of them took part. We are currently training hard for the World Championships in May, and looking forward to what we hope will be our best club results ever. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored our intrepid walkers so that all five of our crews will be able to compete!”
Hayle Gig Club welcomes any new members; rowers and coxes, young and old, novices and those with experience. Anyone interested in trying the sport can get in touch by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.