Three Rivers Race



Traditionally, the start of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association's (CPGA) racing season is the Three Rivers Race hosted by Caradon. 

This event has taken place since 1991 and started with just 5 gigs. The race in 2019 saw 85 gigs with  76 Ladies crews and 75 Men's crews taking part. Due to the width of the river and safe starting conditions, this means approximately 6 heats in both the Ladies and Men's races. This is one of the largest gig regattas outside of the annual World Pilot Gig Championships held on the Isles of Scilly.

The times for each gig are adjusted for the heat so that each finish time is a true total race time.  The time for each gig in both the Ladies and Men's races is combined and the fastest over all combined time is the winner. 


2019 saw the introduction of an additional trophy, the 'CRY4TOM trophy' awarded to the fastest Men's crew.  £1 of the entry fee for every Men's crew entered is donated by Caradon to the CRY charity.  Ann Demain will have the CRY stand at the event this year (this will be in the Sailing Club) raising awareness of the cardiac risk in the young. .

2020 Regatta Information

In 2020, we have closed entries at 86 gigs. The coordination of arrival times for the gigs has been carefully created and sent to clubs in order to try and ease congestion and minimise disruption to local residents.  Clubs must launch their own gigs (it would be helpful for clubs to bring their own trolleys/wheels to launch and recover their own gigs). 

Race day information

  • Gigs start arriving at 8am

  • All crews must be registered before racing

  • Race HQ is in Saltash Sailing Club where you'll find a range refreshments, changing and toilet facilities and a warm dry place to rest between races

  • Coxes meeting will be held on the Old Quay at 11.30am

  • The Ladies race starts at 12noon

  • The Men's race will start after completion of the Ladies race at approximately 2.30pm

  • Results and trophies presented as soon as possible at the end of racing in the Sailing Club

The Race Course

The race is around 6 miles, starting on the River Tamar roughly below the Tamar Bridge. Gigs row up river to the River Tavy, turn go across the river to then turn and come back down the River Tamar. Gigs pass under the Tamar Bridge, row past the Sailing Club to the River Lynher, turn go across the river and row back to finish just past the Sailing Club. 

Three Rivers race course