Tuesday, 17 June 2014

What GIG's on in …. Cornwall?

GIG racing on the Tamar at the Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival … 

The Cornish gig is a six-oared rowing boat, and it is one of the first shore-based lifeboats that went to vessels in distress, with recorded rescues going back as far as the late 17th century. The original purpose of the Cornish pilot gig was as a general work boat, and the craft is used for taking pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic. In those days the race would be the first gig to get their pilot on board a vessel (often those about to run aground on rocks) got the job, and thus the payment.

Get set for exciting gig racing as part of the Saltash Regatta and Waterside Festival (June 21-22). This popular event takes place on the banks of the Tamar beneath the Royal Albert Bridge. 

Attend in pirate costume and you might win a prize.  

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