Trophies – Silver Oyster Race

For Small (handicap) Licensed C class Working Boats

The Silver Oyster Trophies were cast from local shells by the then Commodore, Peter Grigg, on behalf of the club. These are raced for on 5 November each year by licensed Working Boats to commemorate the High Court victory of local Oystermen over Truro Corporation on November 5th1902.

In 1978, members of the Sailing Committee proposed that we should hold a race for these boats.  The first race was held on a Sunday under ideal conditions and with 21 entries. OOD was Brian Reynolds.  Trophy presented in 1978

Approx. height 50mm, plus plinth

Awarded to:

1978LeilaM. Parsons
1979LeilaM. Parsons
1980LeilaM. Parsons
1981LeilaM. Parsons
1982Royal OakN. Molin
1984KatrinaJ. Bailey
1985Boy PhilJ. Walls
1986CarrieK. Corke
1987Boy PhilJ. Walls
1989ShamrockC. Harker
1993LottieP. Ferris. D. Pearce
1994AdaC. Frost
1995JubileeJ. Walls
1996MagdalenaA. Treneer
1997DollyB. Prynn
1998JubileeJ. Walls
2001LeilaM. Parsons
2002LeilaM. Parsons
2003Girl SarahM. Pullen
2004DollyB. Prynn
2005DollyB. Prynn
2007DollyB. Prynn
2008DollyB. Prynn
2009Not awarded
2010DollyB. Prynn
2011No Entry
2012DollyB. Prynn
2013KelsieK. Laity
2015Race Abandoned
2016KelsieB. Ferris
2019VerunaT. Heard
2021AprilJ Thompson
2022Emma LouiseWill
2023SwallowR Warren

Other information:

In the 19thcentury, dredgermen had the right to lay up their oysters on the foreshore to let them clean themselves. Following a fisheries act, Truro Corporation (latterly Carrick D.C.) set out to regulate the industry and, towards the end of that century, leased some foreshore and charged the dredgermen using it with trespass.

This provoked the local dredgermen to club together, hire a King’s Counsel, and take the Council to the High Court

On 5thNovember 1902, judgement was made and the right to lay oysters free of charge on the foreshore of the Fal was re-established.  That right is still in place today, and the date has become the traditional ‘holiday’ when no dredging takes place.  In the mid-80s, the oyster disease, Bonamia, stopped dredging and also stopped racing for a few years.

The trophies can only be won by boats owning a current dredging license, but in order to swell the numbers, non-licensed classes were introduced.  Despite fewer entries in recent years, the race has only been cancelled twice due to bad weather.  Even then, the social side of the day proved just as popular.