One of my passions is Pilot Gig Rowing – Gigs are six-oared rowing boats, built of elm, 32 feet (9.8 m) long with a beam of four feet ten inches. I started rowing for Padstow Gig Rowing Club in 2004 after moving to Cornwall and we train twice a week and race most weekends! Last weekend I was lucky enough to race at The World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships in the Isles of Scilly. I was part of the Ladies Vets Crew (over 40’s!) and we were aiming for a place in the top 30 out of around 60 crews. We had arrived on St Mary’s early Friday morning, then spent the day watching the Royal Wedding before getting our beautiful gig Petroc ready and going out to race late in the afternoon.
This Championships is unique and it is hard to describe the incredible atmosphere created by around 2500 rowers & supporters descending on the Islands! Rowing out to the start line is so exciting and we lined up with the other gigs with a mixture of nerves and adrenaline! The vets race is from St Agnes back to St Mary’s quay, a distance of 1.6 nautical miles and for once, conditions were pretty good and we had a great race coming in 16th place which we were very pleased with!
The Isles of Scilly are a beautiful and unique place which I would highly recommend visiting. It’s a bit like stepping back in time, to a quieter pace of life. For a beautiful calm weekend of walking or cycling, visiting gardens, swimming with seals or just lying on the sparkling sand, there is no better place!
I also managed a bit of retail therapy (never miss an opportunity!) when I was introduced by my friend Steph to her friend Fay’s stunning jewellery. I couldn’t resist the beautiful Sea Urchin charm necklace and haven’t taken it off since I bought it! Check out www.faypage.co.uk