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
|1982||Royal Oak||N. Molin|
|1985||Boy Phil||J. Walls|
|1987||Boy Phil||J. Walls|
|1993||Lottie||P. Ferris. D. Pearce|
|2003||Girl Sarah||M. Pullen|
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.