Rowing: Portishead Pilot Gig Club enjoy World Championship action
PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 May 2019
Portishead Pilot Gig Club did themselves proud at the 30th World Championships on the Isle of Scilly.
The annual three-day event hosts clubs from across the globe, with 163 pilot racing gigs taking part.
Portishead sent six crews to compete, along with their new pilot racing gig Blacknore, and the ladies vets finished 29th out of 49 on the first day, with all six members having only started rowing 18 months ago.
The Super Vets also raced on day one, while the second day was the turn of the men and women's open crews to take to the water in the long race, lining up on a start line stretching over a mile wide.
Big seas and strong winds made this race the toughest crews had seen, but they rowed hard and finished strong. The crews continued to race through the heats over the weekend, with the Ladies B winning their heat going into the third day.
The crews raced well and exceeded all expectations over the weekend finishing ahead of some much more experienced crews and clubs in the final heats.
Results: Women's Vets 29/49, Women's Super-Vets 35/40, Women's A 62/163, Women's B 142/163, Men's A 63/160 and Men's B 141/160.