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7:01am 13th September 2012

It was billed as the ultimate rowing face off: Cornish gig teams against medal winning members of Team GB.

The charity event at St Mawes on Wednesday evening was designed to raise money for Helston disaster relief organisation Shelterbox.rowing2

It starred Penzance gold medallist Helen Glover, alongside her rowing partner Heather Stanning and Wadebridge's Annie Vernon plus seven of their Olympic colleagues.

Unsurprisingly, when allowed to use their own boat the Olympic champions shot to victory.

But when they were put in a gig Helen Glover admits she struggled: "We thought we were doing quite well but then the people coaching us told we weren't. It feels very different, we were all really surprised. We thought we would pick it up quite quickly.

"It uses your back and your arms a lot whereas in the rowing we do we basically just use our legs and then our back and arms to finish off. The boats are absolutely different. Ours weighs seventeen kilos and the one we were rowing in [tonight] weighs a couple of hundred kilos.

"It was a lot of fun and I can see why so many people in Cornwall and so many people in the southwest do it."

See the full results and how our local teams fared against the Olympic competition here...

Full Results

1st race:

1st: Team GB  in a sliding seatrowing3

2nd: Team GB (second boat) in a sliding seat

3rd: Falmouth Ladies in Black Rock


2nd Race

1st: Falmouth Ladies in Idas

2nd: Falmouth Ladies (second boat) in Black Rock

3r:  Royal, Truro


3rd Race (mixed crews – one GB rower in each boat)

1st: Killegerran, Roseland

2nd: Grace, Charlestown

3rd: Falcon, Devoran

7:01am 13th September 2012

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