St Mary’s Gig Club Celebrates 50 Years Of Newquay Visitors

gig bonnetIt’s the 50th anniversary of the Newquay Gig Weekends this year and St Mary’s Gig Club is planning a special programme of events to celebrate the annual rowing event.

The club met on Monday night to discuss how they would be marking the occasion.

Andrew King says the event started as a men-only event, with the women rowers joining in later with their own racing weekend.

And he feels the relationship is the forerunner of the current World Pilot Gig Championships, held every May in Scilly, and which is growing in size and popularity year-on-year.

It’s hoped that the mainland club will bring over some of their historic gigs like the Newquay, the Treffry and the Dove for the event. The Treffry was built in 1838 and is thought to be the fifth oldest in existence.

It was used as the model for racing gig specifications in the 1980s.

From Radio Scilly

Andrew King talks about plans for the 50th Anniversary

The event will also be special for Andrew. His grandfather was one of the four men who came over for the first Newquay Weekends in the 1950s. His mum was also involved in the women’s rowing squads.

Andrew has asked anyone with memories, photos or stories of the event to get in touch with him. He said already they’ve tracked down old letters exchanged between Scilly and Newquay about buying back the Bonnet gig.

And anyone who has rowed in the past and would like to take part is also very welcome, he said.

The event will be held earlier this year, on the weekend of the 21st of September.