I set off in the RIB from Penzance yesterday morning in heavy rain and a dark overcast sky and made my way out past Lands End in a short confused choppy sea.
But as seems to be the way when approaching Scilly by sea the cloud began to lift, the chop gave way to a rolling ocean swell and by Wolf Rock I was up to speed and cruising along under a clear blue sky towards with a pod of dolphins, just perfect.
As you can imagine the islands are buzzing with Gig Chat as rowing fever grips both the residents and the 2,000 rowers that are gradually arriving by ferry, plane & helicopter for the 2009 World Pilot Gig Championships.
I will be out here snapping away all weekend so keep an eye out for the little grey RIB on the water and remember to smile. On board I will have Tommy (a student from University College Falmouth who will be making some web videos to post on GigRower), John from Caradon who will be snapping away with me and then a mix of other cameras and video.
Over the weekend I will try and keep the site updated at least once a day with pics, news and results and will be working with the guys at Radio Scilly to help cover the championships. Listen live here …
As you’re out and about at the weekend you can help keep the site updated by texting your camera pics to 60300, making sure you start the text with ‘scilly’ (Save that number NOW!) and these will then be posted onto the Radio Scilly site and also GigRower. From the Scillonian crossing to drunk pub shots … Send them in!
It looks like we are set for an cracking weekend of racing and it will be a truly awesome spectacle as 119 boats line up on the start line at St Agnes so keep logging on for pics and results (update : race fleets – OPEN :: 118 mens, 113 ladies. VETS :: 52 mens, 35 ladies). Next update tonight or tomorrow morning.