”The 21st World Pilot Gig Championships will take place from Friday, 30 April until Monday, 3 May 2010 on the Isles of Scilly. It is once more my pleasure on behalf of the organising committee to extend our invitation to you to compete in this unique event. The format will remain much the same as in previous years, but with some changes, and we hope improvements, most of which have been suggested by you the competitors. The wonderful spirit of competition and camaraderie that endures during this weekend is what makes this such a momentous occasion. Please join us to celebrate all that is good about rowing.
A change made at the request of the CPGA is to increase the age requirement for Coxes to be 18 years of age or over. This will accord also with our requirement that all Coxes be experienced. The lack of experience of some Coxes may have been a contributory factor in the disqualification of some crews last year. I would remind that all members of the crew must have attained the age of 16 years.
A new form to appeal against the decision to disqualify or relegate in group an errant gig has been prepared. The appeal will be heard by three marshals not involved in the disqualification. Should you be involved in sanctions please do not appeal as a matter of course as this may delay the event. You will know if you have erred. Hopefully it will not be necessary to invoke this procedure. The race results this year will be posted at the scoreboard, not at the tunnel, together with any notification of disqualification or relegation in group.
Continuing from the recent improvements in buoyage and again at your request we shall be placing a much larger buoy to delineate the finish line, and start line boys will be numbered to assist crews in finding their place in the line.
It was considered helpful by many of you last year to have me making myself available to discuss any problems or misgivings you may have or indeed suggestions for improving the event. Consequently I shall once again be on the committee bench at the refreshment Tunnel run by Maggie and her girls. Most of you are by now aware that the funding for the event is generated by the refreshments we sell at the Tunnel. Please support us by purchasing the very good value, wholesome, great variety of food available. The Sunday night BBQ will as always take place on Porth Mellon Beach , please join us there. Sports mode continue their strong support of the event and are the retailers of souvenirs and high-class official World Championship’s clothing, and there also you can buy the outstanding DVD commemorating this event. ”
World Pilot Gigs Championships Committee