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Gig Rowers Compete For Fifth Annual Headland Cup

It’s a beautiful cup and four teams of ladies were determined to win it. Pulling hard on their oars as their male cox directed from the helm, they used every ounce of energy to navigate their gigs from Newquay Harbour to Pentire Headland before racing back.

It’s the fifth year that Newquay Rowing Club has run the Headland Cup and competition was as fierce as ever. Hardly surprising when not only were they competing for the honour of winning the impressive trophy – but also for individual medals and the opportunity of indulging in a thirty-minute head, shoulder and neck massage at the Headland Hotel’s five-bubble-rated spa.

Headland Hotel concierge Sarah Gaskin took part in the race two years ago. This time she was there to cheer the ladies on in one of the support boats.

“It’s a very demanding competition because it’s a long course – which is why Mr & Mrs Armstrong, who own The Headland, wanted to sponsor it,” said Sarah. “There’s an equivalent men’s race (the Atkinson) and she felt there should be something for the women too.”

“It’s quite funny because the trophy was originally called the Trevail Cup and was first presented to a cocker spaniel who won its class at the Newquay Agricultural Show. There’s a photo of the dog and the cup on the first floor of the hotel. For years, though, the trophy was lost until it turned up in the attic of a house and was kindly returned to the Armstrong’s. They then presented it to Newquay Rowing Club in 2014 and the Headland Cup has taken place annually ever since.”

This year’s winning crew was coxed by Paul ‘Scruffy’ Taylor at the helm of the Dall Lewyer. The cup, medals and spa vouchers were presented to them by Headland Hotel Assistant Manager Jamie Crossman before everyone was invited to enjoy a barbeque featuring The Headland’s delicious home-made burgers.

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