Breaking news – in a move to secure the future as well as making good use of the wooden boat heritage fleet of Cornish Pilot Gigs it has been decided that carbon fibre gigs may now race alongside the traditionally made wooden boats.
The carbon boats weigh in at 135kg and with a full set of carbon race oars it will be hard for the wooden boats to match their performance. However this means the racing fleet can gradually switch to a one-design boat. On-boat advertising is also to be implemented.
Due to the worldwide shortage of good oak and Cornish elm firelighters, the wooden fleet can start to be put to better use as colourful “souvenir kindling packs” for sale at various petrol station forecourts across the West Country.
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