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About Gig Rowing

Modern-day gig rowing is a sport on the ascendance. Its popularity has grown over the last decade. There are now over 60 clubs as part of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association and this continues to grow.

Its continued popularity is probably down to its bare-roots approach, very little has changed since the original pilot gigs took to the water. Each gig must be built within strict accordance to an agreed standard so there is no advantage to be had by having a more modern boat – success is simply a case of crew against crew.

Most races take place on open water, which adds to the attraction for those looking to get their adrenalin fix; you learn and train to cope with waves and tides and trying conditions.

At present the clubs face each other at individual regattas that take place around the West Country with two major championships at the start and end of the seasons, The Scillies World Championships at the beginning, The Newquay Championships at the end. However as the growth of the sport continues it is predicted that we could see the introduction of leagues or points systems in the future.

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