Second Time Lucky For Land’s End To Scilly Row

The two gig crew arriving at St Mary's harbour yesterday

The two gig crew arriving at St Mary’s harbour yesterday

It was second time lucky for a team of mainly novice gig rowers from Bath yesterday.

The group were raising money for the Bath Rugby Foundation by rowing the 28 miles from Land’s End to St Mary’s.

They had to call off their first attempt, rowing the reverse direction from St Mary’s, because of poor conditions in June.

But this time the weather and tides were on their side and they finish the row in six hours and 45 minutes, raising £15,000 for the charity, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Team member Geoff Binding said they’d done a few practice runs at sea around Penzance but this was by far their longest row.

Geoff says he had pain all over his body but he’d do it again and thinks it would make a great annual event on the gig-rowing calendar.

Bath isn’t a place that’s known for gigs, although Geoff says even away from the coasts, the sport is getting more awareness and he believes it’s got loads of potential.

They borrowed the Brisons gig from Cape Cornwall and the Taran from Mounts Bay for the challenge.

Experienced gig rower ‘Budgie’ from Sennen said the technique used for such a long endurance row was a bit difference than for for shorter races. It’s all about pace, he said.

Even so, he felt the crews were good enough to consider entering the Gig Championships next year.

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