The Gig Rowing fraternity would normally be celebrating the World Championships on the Isles of Scilly, at this time of year, which like most other sports was unfortunately cancelled. However, we are still celebrating, as the online resource Gigrower.co.uk organised a Virtual Rowing World Championships.

Run over four days and following the same format as the actual Championships, being a long seeding race, to put everyone in groups of 12, two heats, where you can be promoted or demoted from your group, and then the group finals.

The event was open to all rowers with access to an ergo rowing machine. The races were of fixed times of 14, 8, 8 and 7 minutes, each participant submitted photographic proof of the number of meters covered in that time frame. The organisers were only excepting 30-40 entrants but ended up with nearly 400 from 12 countries.

“Although most of us consider our rowing machine training as a chore, the Virtual Rowing Championships meant that we could be part of an international event from our own back rooms. Checking the results from the previous race and preparing for the next made for a really exciting event.” – Gary Cook (Exmouth Club Member)

Exmouth Gig Club was lucky enough to be able to enter seven rowers. The results came in as individuals, as teams of three and in vets (over 40) and supervets (over 50) categories.

In the team category, we finished 28th and 37th.

Our best-placed individual, Nicola Price, finished a fantastic 38th in all and second in Group D. Other Exmouth entrants were; Greg Price (99th, third in Group I), Tanya Netherway (112th), Ben Atinkson (147th), George Ford (164th), Matt Netherway (168th) and Gary Cook (139th, 27th in the Supervets).

Congratulations to all those who organised and took part and we hope the event can be incorporated into the rowing calendar in the future.