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Record entries for the World Pilot Gig Champs

The 27th World Pilot Gig Championships took place on the Isles of Scilly over the bank holiday weekend — the biggest one yet with over 3000 rowers taking part.

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Highlights included Falmouth Gig Club (GC) winning the Men’s title for the sixth year running, as well as the Men’s Superveterans (50+).

It was a special championship for Caradon GC — pictured above — who after 16 years of finishing in the top six, finally won the Ladies event. The club also won the Men’s Veteran category.

Helford Ladies Supervets took the Ladies Superveterans , whilst Newquay RC retained the Ladies Veterans (40+) title.

The start line of the seeding races was over a mile and a half wide with 147 gigs side by side. Newcomers included teams from Bermuda Gig Club as well as the newly formed London Cornish Gig Club, based on the Thames.

A Help for Heroes crew competed in their gig ‘H4H Valiant’ — built by a group of wounded veterans, who rowed to the Isles of Scilly for the race as part of the ‘Epic Row’ by the ‘Great Big Cornish Gig Project’.

We will have a full race report on the competition in our Rowing & Regatta digital magazine, appearing 20 May.

Find the full results here:

WPGA 2016 Results

Report by: Rhiannon Bailey
Photo by: Jan Halliday