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In Pictures: Launch Of The New Tregarthens Gig

In Pictures: Launch Of The New Tregarthens Gig

Photos from the blessing and launch of the new Tregarthens gig

Toby Budd Of Gigrower.com Previews The Gig Championships

Toby Budd Of Gigrower.com Previews The Gig Championships

Toby Budd from gigrower.com website previews this year’s championships    

World Pilot Gig Championships Start Today In Scilly

World Pilot Gig Championships Start Today In Scilly

The 23rd World Pilot Gig Championships starts today. The atmosphere was good in town last night and by this evening there’ll be an extra 1500 people here, with two sailings of the Scillonian III at 6.00am and 1.15pm. The Skybus planes and helicopter service is also fully booked. Police estimate there’ll be up to 7000 […]

Matthew Replica Ship Visiting Scilly This Weekend

Matthew Replica Ship Visiting Scilly This Weekend

The replica of the 15th century Matthew sailed into St Mary’s Harbour last night. She’s based in Bristol but has spent the last two months visiting ports around Cornwall. Last year she acted as a floating hotel for gig rowers from her Clevedon. But Matthew’s Senior Master, Rob Salvidge, says rowers from all over the […]

Final Preparations Underway For 2012 World Gig Championships

Final Preparations Underway For 2012 World Gig Championships

With little over a week to go until the first competitors arrive in Scilly, final preparations are being made for the 23rd World Pilot Gig Championships. Chairman of the Championships Committee, Rick Persich, says this could be the first year that there are more women’s crews than men’s. He thinks 124 gigs will be in […]

Lord Lieutenant To Launch New Gig

Lord Lieutenant To Launch New Gig

The new Tregarthens gig is set to be launched and named by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho. Tregarthen’s, has been built by Peter Martin at Porthloo and has taken six months to build. The ceremony will take place at the Reckabite Slip at 11.45am on 4th May. Canon Peter Walker and Reverend […]

Gig Championship Chairman Warns Islanders About Prices

Gig Championship Chairman Warns Islanders About Prices

The Chairman of the World Pilot Gig Championships committee is appealing to Scilly businesses not to hike food, drink or accommodation prices over gig weekend, in case it strengthens the case of rival rowing venues. Some rowers who have complained about the high costs involved in coming here have suggested Weymouth as an alternative. Rick […]

Talk Of Gig Championship In Weymouth Dismissed

Talk Of Gig Championship In Weymouth Dismissed

Suggestions on online gig rowing forums that Weymouth would be a better venue for the biggest rowing championship are being dismissed by one of our islands’ authorities on the sport. John Bird says there’s been talk of developing the June Regatta races in the Dorset resort since it began, but it’s really been a “damp […]

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