Twilights are the best Tonic for Covid Blues – Great to be back on the Beach!

It is such a long time since were all last under starters orders on a start line. Strange times.

Gyllyngvase SLSC was the host of the first of the new Cornwall SLS twilight events. These events were outlined before we’d ever heard of COVID, social distancing and PPE. How welcome they’ve been.

The first event was relatively quiet as people tentatively emerged from isolation. The beach was packed and the racing was high quality; as everyone knows “no one trains in surf lifesaving!” To most, the courses seemed that little bit longer than they remembered.

The inviting conditions welcomed the swimmers back in the water and the racing was close despite the competitors only recently getting back in the pool.

The new nipper/juniors having missed out on their final year of nippers were keen to try out their board and swim skills in a ski-less iron, whilst the older age groups did the full swim, board, ski thing with loud encouragement from the spectators!

Event 2 was also at Gyllyngvase. A stunning evening saw a bigger entry and even tougher racing culminating in an Open ski thrash, at least one competitor was seeing double by the end.

Thanks to Gyllyngvase SLSC for putting on those first events, Macdonalds were very grateful for the extra custom!!

Unfortunately the weather put paid to the Fistral event but the weather gods smiled down on us last week at Holywell.

Sunshine, tick; waves, tick; massive entry, tick. (Please enter online for the next one!!)

A first outing for beach athletes on an 85m smooth track, great racing and hamstrings survived intact even in the old men’s race.

The first board race of the series swelled participant numbers, as did the promise of waves. Great skills on show especially from the 13s who have just progressed on from the intermediate boards. One highlight must be the body surf jag in the Open men’s surf race by Piran who looked quite pleased with the outcome!

Thanks to the Holywell and Gyllyngvase crews for their hard work and to the Region, referees and boat crews.

See you back at Holywell on the 29th July, fingers crossed for a repeat of the conditions.

Copy & Photo by Rhys Ellis-Davies