The revival of SCULLYING (as it's known in St.Ives) is another successful spin-off. We've now introduced SCULLY RACING as an engaging spectator sport which provides an additional contemporary use for our replica punts.

Having re-introduced the 'St.Ives Punt' to the harbour, the Jumbo Association has run several successful Scully Days teaching scores of people of all ages this traditional technique of propelling them using a single oar over the stern. The most recent event held on Sunday 4th August was the first to be held since the launch of our own punt in March. With two identical punts available, both built by Jonny Nance, some sort of race was inevitable......!

A NEW SPORT IS BORN IN ST.IVES

SCULLY RACING AT 'SEA, SALTS AND SAIL'. 11th-13th July '13

 

An impromptu scully race gets underway (above) at Mousehole's Sea, Salts and Sail Festival last Saturday led by local man, Mark 'Stretch' Drew and, in the white punt, Chris Rees who built the lugger, Spirit of Mystery, for Pete Goss.

Out of sight to the left of the photo, at least 16 more contestants await their turn in the largest scully relay race to date!
The winning team, which included the entire crew of The Rose of Argyll, who had sailed from Brittany to support the festival, were awarded a bottle of beer each, courtesy of the St.Ives Jumbo Association.

 

This style of relay-racing from the beach was introduced in St.Ives last summer by the Jumbo Association as an exciting spectator sport to encourage this ancient art. At the same time, the races create a contemporary use for the replica St.Ives punts (formerly used for landing fish) which were built by Jonny Nance of the St.Ives Jumbo Association.

In collaboration with Andy Wheeler and Leon Pezzack, Jonny Nance brought the event to Mousehole which proved to be a fitting climax to the day's events on the water in a perfect setting.
In recognition of this, Leon Pezzack decided to award the Deborah Pendle Memorial Trophy to the winning team (represented by Chris Rees). The trophy had been donated by Alan Abbot (who set up the Beer Lugger Association - a model for our own) in memory of Leon's daughter.

So, Scully Racing has become an official part of this popular festival!

The next confirmed scully-race will be held at St.Ives at approx 4pm on Sat 6th September as part of 'BOATS IN THE BAY 2014' our annual event - now in it's 9th year!
 

 COMPLETE SCULLY RACE VIDEO by Alban Roinard