More International Crews Putting ‘World’ Into Gig Championships

gig championships 2The Chairman of the Gig Championships Committee says he’s pleased that more international clubs are joining the competition.

Rick Persich says with American and Irish teams joining the regular crews from the Netherlands, it’s finally giving some credence to the ‘World Championships’ title.

A crew from Gloucester, Massachusetts will be taking part in the gig Endeavour, loaned to them by Mevagissey Gig Club and Arklow Rowing Club based south of Dublin will be here in the gig Invermore.

Rick says more could be coming next year, following discussions by teams in other New England states where Cornish gig rowing has become popular.

A total of 148 gigs have been entered this year and four new clubs registered with the Cornish Pilot Gig Association are taking part. They are Exeter, Poole, Portreath and RM Tamar.

New gigs Govenor from Falmouth, Templer from Teign, Teylu from Cotehele Quay, Helford from Helford, Vigila from St Mawgan and Pegasus from Brixham will also be making an appearance on the islands.

Rick doesn’t believe the championships are growing too big and says there’s no problem as long as people can find accommodation on the islands.

There could be extra places available if better use can be made of the St Martin’s campsite next year, says Rick, following the purchase of St Martin’s Boats by Tresco Estate.

The quay extension work in St Mary’s Harbour, which could have interfered with the smooth running of the championships, is actually better than feared, says Rick.

Kier have agreed not to work during the weekend.

Rick says the Harbourmaster Dale Clark has been working closely with the new Finishing Line Marshall, Ray Lockett to evaluate safety on the quay and spectators will still be able to watch the races from there.

A fixed marker, placed at the end of the quay to show an underwater obstruction has also been incorporated into the finishing line.

Rick says the committee are in need of a few strong volunteers over the weekend to assist in the staging and supervising of this event, particularly to assist with the launch and recovery of the gig utilised by Help for Heroes and other physical jobs that arise from time to time. Volunteers can phone him on 422295.

The World Pilot Gig Championships start on Friday 1st May.