Scully Race #3: St.Ives Boatmen lose to Newquay!

Thanks to Andy S. for sharing with us his wonderful footage – proper job.

The third Scully Race organised by the Jumbo Association last Saturday (Nov 16) drew contestants from Falmouth, Penryn, Mousehole and Newquay reflecting the growing popularity of this event.
A four-man team assembled by Ross King from Newquay’s fishing community arrived specifically to take on the current champions – the St.Ives Boatmen Scully Race.
After a moments silence as a mark of respect following the recent death of Eddie Bassett, father of the harbourmaster; racing got underway.
Newquay quickly established a healthy lead which they maintained until John-Boy Stevens for St.Ives, the last man in the relay team, took the oar. To the excitement of the crowd, he steadily closed the gap, finishing only two boat-lengths behind Newquay’s scully skills.
It turns out that, in contrast to St.Ives, the art of scullying has never died out in Newquay. This is largely because the harbour is small and crowded and so ‘scullying’ remains the most practical way of getting around. Consequently, the young Newlyn team were well-practiced and perhaps more significantly for St.Ives – not afraid of getting wet!
A second scully race was held between Mousehole and Falmouth/Penryn which, with youth on their side, Mousehole won the Scully Race.
Awarding the prize at the Castle Inn (once again, kindly donated by the St.Ives Brewery) the Mayor, Cllr. Colin Nicholls welcomed the teams to St.Ives adding that he was proud that the town was hosting this new sporting event which is evidently going from strength to strength.
Rattled by their temporary set-back, St.Ives plan to polish up their scully sace technique and look forward to the return match, scheduled for a quiet spell of weather early in the New Year.

Jonny Nance


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