With some 140 gigs now on the circuit, and as we start to approach the end of the 2009 race season it’s sometimes easy to forget the amazing heritage and stories behind the boats we all enjoy. There’s good reason that the gigs have special bonds to the many towns and villages they represent. Here’s a picture of gig “Branch” tucked up safely on a mirror flat day between the bollards on the quay in St. Ives in 1923. The bollards remain but sadly Branch is long gone.
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