Portishead take part in Gig Pilot World Championships.

PUBLISHED: 15:35 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:36 15 May 2018

Portishead Pilot Gig Club.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club.

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Portishead Pilot Gig Club made its first visit to the world championships on the Isle of Scilly.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club attended the Gig Pilot World Championships, which took place on the Isles of Scilly.

This was a historic moment for the club and the town of Portishead, with the club having only been set up for less than a year.

The racing order for the long weekend consists of the veterans and super veterans races, racing from St Agnes to St Mary’s. There are also two heats each for the men and women in open crews, followed by a third heat and the final.

The first race is a spectacular sight with more than 150 boats lining up along the mile-long start line. In this race, crews race from St Agnes to St Mary’s, to cross the line and be given their group letter.

Each group consists of 12 boats and these boats race each other in the heats to come. From here, the first two boats to cross the finish line get moved up a group, while the last or second to last boats move down a group.

This year, heat three was forced to be cancelled due to the foggy conditions, but the final still took place later on that day, seeing the rowers race from Nut Rock, Tresco to St Marys, in a final sprint to the finish.

All crews raced exceptionally well, especially considering that some rowers have only had six months rowing experience. Final positions were as follows – ladies’ vets: 41/44; men’s vets: 40/41; ladies final - Group K: 9th (129th overall); men’s final -Group K: 4th (124th overall).

The weekend was a fantastic experience for all involved. The club wouldn’t have been able to compete without the help and support of Portishead Quays Marina, the club’s main sponsor and Porthgain Pilot Gig Club, who transported the oars all the way to Scilly in their race gig, the Ella Rose.

The club borrowed the Dolphin, a Scillonian gig built in 1969 from the small island of St Martins for the event as Portishead do not yet have a racing gig of their own.

The club is currently looking for sponsors to help them fund the purchase of a racing gig. If you would like to know more, or would like to sponsor the club, please contact PPGC club secretary on secretary@portisheadpilotgigclub.co.uk

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