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.
Saturday 18 March 2023 - Regatta Information
Coxes Meeting: 11.15a.m. on Town Quay (opposite Live Wire)
Ladies Race: 12noon
Men's Race: Approx. 2.00p.m. (following completion of ladies race)
The full 3RR 2023 information is in the document on this page, the highlights are below.
The coxes meeting will be held at 11.15a.m. on the Town Quay (opposite Live Wire)
All races will be run under CPGA rules and all gigs must carry a working VHF radio. The races will be started over the radio – channel to be confirmed at Coxes meeting
The first heat of the Ladies race is due off at 12.00noon
Each crew has been allocated a heat and berth (this will be given at registration)
Each heat will be set off at approx. 2 – 4 minute intervals
The Men's race will start after all the Ladies crews have finished (approx. start time 2.00p.m.)
You must line up in the heat you are allocated. The timings for each gig will be worked out based on them starting in the heat allocated on the sheet that will be given to each club at registration. If you start in the wrong heat, your final time will not be accurate
Each heat start will be counted down over the radio. If you are ahead of the line with 30 seconds to go you may be disqualified. If you are not on the line your heat will be started without you
All crews must warm up down river of the bridges (i.e. Sailing Club side) until called up by the Starter. Do not go too far away as the heats will start thick and fast and the Starter will not wait for you
Please remember that all timings are attached to the gig not the Club
The top three positions will be announced on the day at the presentation. There is a cup/trophy for the gig with the fastest combined time (Ladies & Men's combined) and the CRY4TOM trophy for the fastest Men's crew.
The full set of results will be published either later that evening or the day after the event, when we have had time to check through them fully
This event is run by members of Caradon Gig Club, all of whom are volunteers with a passion for gig racing.
We would respectively ask that if any of your members have any issues with the event, that they raise them with
us direct via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or in person, and refrain from posting any negative or
discourteous comments on social media.
Hot and cold food, snacks and drinks will be available from Caradon Gig Club in Saltash Sailing Club.
Ashtorre Rock (under the bridges) will also be open.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Saltash and hope that you have a great day of racing.
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.
In the event of bad weather, the course may be altered – you will be notified of any changes to the course at the coxes meeting.
It is very unlikely that the event will be cancelled, however, should this be necessary a decision will be made on the Friday evening.