World Pilot Gig Championships

Posted by on May 16, 2013 in News | No Comments

Head of RE, at, Mr Jezz Pomfret and Year 12 student, Cameron Boyle, took part in last weekend’s World Pilot Gig Championships at the Isles of Scilly. For Mr Pomfret, it was an intense experience. “I’m a member of Cotehele Quay Gig Club and rowed for them on Friday evening; got off the plane, took a taxi to the beach, got in a gig, rowed half an hour to the start line, then had a race over 1.59 nautical miles! That’s nearly two miles on land! I rowed for Rame Gig Club for the rest of the weekend. There were four more races, another long one and a short one (1.16 nautical miles or just under 1.5 miles on land) on Saturday, then two short ones on Sunday. It looks easy on TV…”

“I’m not too sure where we finished overall, but what I do know is that the whole thing was a real test of fitness, endurance and attitude. You can’t let down the rest of the crew and you have to keep going for them. You learn so much about the sport, your team and yourself. For someone who’s only been rowing for nine or ten months and only had two other races, who’d never rowed on the sea before, I was quite pleased! As’s motto says, ‘Believe and Achieve’!”

“The championships are truly incredible, one of the things which makes Cornwall unique. I know of plenty of junior rowers who can’t wait to take part, and both myself and Cameron can assure them it’s worth waiting for. Cameron rows for Caradon and would’ve gained hugely from the experience of being with one of the competition’s most consistent clubs.”

“If you haven’t done any gig rowing before, give it a try; you won’t be disappointed. I am already looking forward to next year!”

Jezz Pomfret
Head of RE