World Pilot Gig Championships – Report Friday 29th April


The Isles of Scilly has done the double in this year’s championships with local winners in both the womens and mens veterans races.

Yesterday the Tresco and Bryher women won the veterans title in the recently-built Alfie Jenkins and kept the trophy in Scilly. It was also won by a St Mary’s crew last year.

Alfie Jenkins was named after Alfie, a keen supporter of the gigs. John Nicholls administers a trust fund in Alfie’s name and donated cash towards the £20,000 cost of the gig during the build appeal last year

John said he was moved by the win and that it was a great achievement for such a recently constructed boat.

The second win of the night for Scilly came from the Emma Louise crew in the mens veterans race. They will be rowing again today as Scilly mens A crew.

The wins marked another success for St Mary’s boat builder Peter Martin. Boats which he built in Scilly crossed the line in first and second places.

At midnight last night, St Mary’s police say they were pleased with the way in which rowers and revellers were conducting themselves.

Sergeant Charlie Craig is heading up a policing team of 7 with 4 officers brought over from the mainland. He said there were no incidents.