A letter sent to everyone who has ever raced at Scilly from the farm owners who have looked after our gigs before & after the Championships. The last gig has now left the islands following the 2015 event.
To the Gig rowers of the ‘world’
The World Pilot Gig Championships 2015 is officially over, the last gig has left Longstone Farm last Friday and with it comes the end of an era.
Almost from its conception Longstone has been involved in some form with the ‘World Champs’ which has become truly a world acknowledged event. We have loved every gig we have accommodated here on their ‘holiday’ with us – sometimes for months. We have ‘baled’ out their covers, fixed the wheels on their trailers, sheltered them from storm and saved them from strangulation when a ratchet strap has been pulled a bit too tight by an over-zealous rower.
We must have broken every record – if ever there was one – for the number of Pilot Gigs on land, and in one place – EVER. The field at Longstone has seen 110 Gigs parked like a glorious stationary carousel.
Justin, with his mentor standing in the wings, has transported every gig with more care than a new father pushing a pram, but the time has come to say ‘goodbye’ to each of his children from the farm for the last time.
To every gig we will miss you, to every rower who has have ever been to Scilly we raise a glass, to everyone who has ever helped we thank you and to those who have ever complained, criticised or made the ‘job’ of towing and placing gigs at times impossible – we hope the next person comes up to your expectations where obviously we have failed.
We have been proud and honoured to have been party to protecting the gigs during their stay, and will greatly miss all the ‘colours’ in our field, but for Justin the time has come, the stress and workload involved now is just too demanding and the lack of support locally too hurtful.
We send our love to all the visiting crews and good luck with all your events, you are all true sportsmen, and many of you are now true friends.
Jus & Ali x
Photo courtesy of Scy_Tv