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New Teams Appearing At This Year’s World Pilot Gig Championships

New Teams Appearing At This Year’s World Pilot Gig Championships

The 27th World Pilot Gig Championships start on Friday and the international rowing event will kick off the new Isles of Scilly Festival, an extended range of events being organised by the Islands’ Partnership and running throughout May. At least 150 gigs will be on the water with an estimated 3,000 rowers and 1,000 supporting […]

Veterans’ Gig Project Looking For Islanders’ Support

Veterans’ Gig Project Looking For Islanders’ Support

Every year the World Pilot Gig Championships sees a handful of new boats enter for the first time. But this year will see a very special gig taking part. It will be built and rowed to the islands as part of the Great Big Cornish Gig Project and handed over to the Help for Heroes […]

Gig Weekend Chairman Appeals For More Accommodation Space

Gig Weekend Chairman Appeals For More Accommodation Space

The Chairman of the World Pilot Gig Championships Committee wants landowners to offer camping space for the May Bank Holiday event. Rick Persich says there’s increasing demand for accommodation from visiting clubs who are bringing more people each year. And Rick says new clubs that would like to participate are being hampered because it’s harder […]

Gig Disqualified Because Lady Was A Lad

Gig Disqualified Because Lady Was A Lad

A gig that finished in fourth place during this week’s women’s race has been disqualified – because the Men-A-Vaur boat contained a man! A number of Wednesday’s rowers were clearly having fun. The Bonnet crew entered the Broken Paddle trophy race in fancy dress, but the disqualified Men-A-Vaur rower wasn’t dressed up or in disguise. […]

Bermuda Gig Club Will Come To Next Year’s Championships

Bermuda Gig Club Will Come To Next Year’s Championships

A Bermuda-based gig rowing club has confirmed that they are coming to Scilly for next year’s World Championships. And now they need our help. The group from the British territory at the other side of the North Atlantic has launched an appeal for accommodation over the first Bank Holiday in 2016. Former Appledore rower Steve […]

St Mary’s Gig Club Joins Cornish Association

St Mary’s Gig Club Joins Cornish Association

St Mary’s Gig Club has applied to join the Cornish Pilot Gig Association. Thirteen of the local club members attended the extraordinary general meeting last Thursday and backed affiliation with the mainland body. The Secretary of the CPGA Anne Curnow Care and their Racing Officer Peter Fisher travelled over to answer questions during the session […]

Gig Championships The Goal For New Bermuda Gig Club

Gig Championships The Goal For New Bermuda Gig Club

This year’s Gig Championships welcomed new entrants from Ireland and the United States. And the 2016 event could feature a crew from the British overseas territory of Bermuda. The island has been gripped by gig fever after islanders invited a Devon-based rowing expert to visit. Debbie Jones from Bermuda was visiting Appledore when she called […]

Help Needed For Heroes Gig Crew

Help Needed For Heroes Gig Crew

Islanders are being asked to help find suitable accommodation so a crew of injured ex-servicemen can return to Scilly for the 2016 World Pilot Gig Championships. The Help for Heroes Gig Rowing Team stayed on Tresco for this year’s event, the first time they’ve entered the competition. But Team Manager Greig Phillips says the journey […]

Tregarthens Coxswain Calls For Changes To Championships Governance

Tregarthens Coxswain Calls For Changes To Championships Governance

The coxswain of the Tregarthens crew, stripped of their World Gig Championships title, wants a change in governance of the competition. And Colin Jenkins has called for an end to the Facebook abuse directed at the Newquay rowers who were later declared winners. Colin alleges that the Newquay cox obstructed the St Mary’s club boat […]

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