Insurance for Cornish Pilot Gigs

The World Pilot Gig Championships are the biggest event of the year. Racing takes place on the waters off St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, and the spectacle attracts thousands of rowers and supporters to the islands for a weekend of intense rowing and associated revelry!

GigRower will keep you informed on all you need to know in the months leading up to each year’s Championships which are always held over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. So bookmark this page and check back regularly.

The 2017 event is set to be bigger than ever – with nearly 150 gigs likely to be on the startline of the main St. Agnes races on Saturday May 2nd.

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28 Comments on "Scilly"

  1. Samantha Harris

    Hello ! I am currently booked on the ferry to return from St.Mary’s to Penzance on Tuesday 3rd May dep at 1500. I now desperately need to get back for work on the Monday. If anyone would like to swap their ticket (any monday for tuesday sailing) or just buy mine (and I will fly back) please get in touch. Thank you !
    Sam Harris – 07870155523

  2. Carol Strong

    Due to illness, RALEIGH Ladies Vets crew need a rower for the Friday night race (IOS) preferably a strong 3 or 4 position. If you would like to race with us I would be grateful if you would contact me, thanks, Carol

  3. Robert Hopkins


    I am looking for accommodation for the 2017 Scillies. Currently I will be grateful to take anything.
    For dates between Thursday 27th May – Tuesday 2nd April.

    Many Thanks.

    Robert Hopkins

  4. Geoff McDonnell

    Geoff McDonnell

    Looking for accommodation for the 2017 Scillies from Friday to Monday. Grateful for anything but preferably not camping

  5. Andrea Carter


    3 ladies (possibly 4) looking for accommodation on St Marys for gig rowing weekend. Looking to arrive Thursday, home on Monday. Any suggestions much appreciated. Would prefer self catering house/apartment or b and b as opposed to camping (although glamping is fine)!

    Many thanks,


  6. Alan Sibley

    I am a Supervet rower with Clevedon Gig Club, and I am seeking a spare seat in a men’s crew on Sat and Sun. I have competed in four previous champs and rowed in the Clubs C crew.
    Alan Sibley

    • Craig Blewett

      Hi Kevin,
      I am now staying at St Agnes so I have a spare camping pitch for 1 person at Garrison booked for Friday to Monday that i can sell on @ £40 let me know if your interested.

  7. Jacquie Rapier

    Due to injury Truro Ladies are looking for a bowside rower for 2017 Scillies World Champs in a competitive crew – please contact me on 07576 727035 for more details – many thanks Jacquie

  8. Simon Millett (cox)

    Porthgain Ladies have lost a rower! We are looking for a stroke side lady for the Ella Rose crew. We finished in group K last year, but aspire to be well above that this time. It is this crew’s third Scilly, with one or two newer members, so we are friendly, fit and would like and welcome a lady to compete in all the races.

    Please reply or call Simon on 07818612842, thanks


    Looking for a seat in the Men’s Supervets Scillies on Friday – either side. Staying on St Agnes as from Wednesday. Contact George on 07816765934 if you can help.

  10. Pete Williams

    Hi, I was wondering if a Dutch Lady I briefly met at Schipol Airport flying to Birmingham on the 26th April, made it successfully and safely to the gig racing. The flight was cancelled, and she along with everyone else, was struggling to find alternative flights to arrive in Penzance on time for her departure on the Scillonian ? No other reason other than just making sure she arrived safely, and it would be interesting to know where she came in the race ?


    Pete (UK)

  11. Russell Jeanes

    Got any space in your accommodation for the Scillies? Just need a bed and a shower! happy to room share – ANYTHING to avoid camping!! Russ – Torridge rower

  12. Tegan Beale

    Hi All! I’m looking to come over to Scilly and race over the weekend as a last minute plan, however desperately need flights/scillonian tickets for 2 back on the monday to get back to for my Nursing placement on the Tuesday (but as its quite late notice, they’ve all sold out!) If anyone is selling tickets or willing to swap it would be hugely appreciated 🙂 thanks, Tegan. 07495970233

  13. Jamie Pallant

    Due to late availability I’m looking for a double/twin room and one ferry/flight ticket for gig weekend, any offers welcome!
    Jamie 07876883595

  14. Matthew Suter

    I have double accommodation for 2 with en-suite on st martins, Thursday 3rd to Tuesday 8th may for sale, please call matt 07793158449

  15. Matthew Suter

    I have accommodation available to sell on St martins Thursday 3rd May 2018 to Tuesday 8th May 2018 1 double room with en-suite B&B call matt 07793158449

  16. Edith Janssen

    Dutch ladies team (Loosdrecht/KWVL, rowing the Treasure) is looking for a coxswain!
    Unexpectedly and due to circumstances, our cox is not available for the Scilly races. Who would be willing and able to help us out?
    Please let me know via:

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