Gig goes to world championships
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 April 2011
ROWERS from Clevedon will join some of the world’s best at the World Pilot Gig Championships over the May Day bank holiday.
Members of Clevedon Pilot Gig Club will take their six-man rowing boat, named Watch and Pray, to the event at the Scilly Isles just weeks after it was constructed.
This is the first event the club will take part in and thy will race as one of 130 gigs taking part.
The fist of the main heats takes place on April 30 and sees nearly all the gigs involved in a mass race from St Agnes to St Mary’s Harbour.
The historic replica sailing ship The Matthew will sail to St Mary’s for the championships and will be used as the joint headquarters of the Clevedon and Bristol teams.
Clevedon Pilot Gig chairman Andrew Brown said: “When the club was first set up in February 2009 it was always one of our main targets to compete in the 2011 world championships with out own gig and within the past few months we have seen the realisation of all our hard work.
“Since the new gig has been in Clevedon we have been attracting a surprising increase in new members and I guarantee there will be an even larger contingent wanting to head to the Scilly Islands next year.”