World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships

A project by: Fina Day



from 7 donors

Help our student rowers compete in the World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships!

OUR project

We are aiming to raise £2500 to support 6 undergraduate students in attending and competing in the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly. This is a once in a lifetime experience for many of these students, that will provide them with a wider worldview as well as everlasting memories.

Who are WE?

We are all part of the Student Gig Rowing society as well as the local Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club. Gig Rowing is a traditionally Cornish sport in 10m long wooden boats. Unlike modern sport rowing boats, Gig boats implement old boat-building techniques as well as the use of wooden oars and pins.

Gig Rowing doesn't simply populate the South-West, with clubs training up-country in Hampshire, London and Suffolk, not to mention crews in Bermuda and the Netherlands!

The World Pilot Gig Championships were first held in 1990, initially only attracting a few crews from Cornwall. It is an annual gig racing event held in the Isles of Scilly over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

OUR story

With experience ranging from 7 years to less than 7 months, this competition offers the opportunity to us as students each with a different history in the sport, to take part in an international event. We are all currently training for 'The Scillies', on the water and in the gym 5+ days a week, on top of our degrees.

Where will the money go?

The money will pay for our transport to the Isles of Scilly, entry fees and Flushing & Mylor race kit. These are all considerable costs, especially considering we are all full-time students, currently grappling with the cost of living crisis. 

Find us here

Check out our Gig Rowing Society Instagram as well as Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club!

You can also find out more about the World Pilot Gig Championships here.

Help us succeed!