Scilly’s World Gig Championships To Be Biggest Ever

gig championships 2This year’s World Pilot Gig Championships in Scilly is expected to have the largest number of entrants in its 24 year history.

Chairman Rick Persich says the committee are preparing for 122 gigs arriving and, together with to the 10 local boats and a new gig being built for a Dutch crew by Peter Martin, there’ll be 133 taking part.

There’ll also be two, brand-new gig clubs entering. Langstone Cutters from Hampshire and Strangford Lough from Northern Ireland were only formed last year.

And Rick says there’ll be a whole armada of new gigs from Salcombe, Dartmouth, Flushing and Mylor, St Ives and the Netherlands.

But one gig, Odessa, owned by Clevedon gig club and borrowed by Bristol, has been excluded, as it is not of type under the rules of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association and the World Pilot Gig Championships committee.

Several clubs are trying to borrow gigs as they have more crews than boats.

Rick told us a film company has approached one of the gig clubs taking part to make a documentary about the growth of the club and their entry in the Championships, which has been given approval by the committee.

The Championships will be taking place during the May Day weekend starting Friday 3rd May.

The Strand and Well Cross will be closed to traffic from noon on Thursday 2nd until noon on Tuesday 7th May.