Gig Rowing World Champs – finale

The final day of the World Gig Rowing Championships and Rodney Bey won their final race and became their heat winners!

Scilly 13Half way across

Scilly 12In the mix with Rival and Fly and in the chop

Scilly 14And clear approaching the finish

Scilly 15Happy crew

Scilly 16Rob, Max and Gary

Scilly 11The finale – all crews raise their oars and the World Champions (Falmouth) win
(click to enlarge the photo)


A much better day for the Exmouth Gig Club

After yesterday’s difficulties the Exmouth Gig Rowing Club has had a much better day at the Isles of Scilly World Gig Rowing Championships.

Scilly 9Here is ‘my’ Veteran’s Team having a row in St Mary’s Sound this morning to make up for our aborted mission yesterday evening – Max coxing

Scilly 10Keith and Tony at ‘easy oars’

Scilly 8Our Ladies Team heading out for their ‘St Agnes Challenge’

Scilly 7The Mens Team arrive back after their’s

Scilly 6The Ladies after another heat race

Scilly 5Colours on the beach


The trials and tribulations of gig rowing

To be honest our introduction to the Scilly World Championships has been an initiation by fire!

Scilly 4Here is our Ladies Vet Team leaving the harbour in St Mary’s for their race from the Cow and Calf off St Agnes back to St Mary’s – so around 2.5 miles and 2.5 miles back!

Just around the habour wall the wind was gusting to 30mph and the swell was around 1.5m – conditions none of us from Exmouth Gig Club had really experienced before. Our Ladies successfully managed to complete the race but it had taken them a lot longer than expected.

The Men’s Vet Race started once the Ladies had finished but we couldn’t leave until the ladies were back – we tried to get out to the start at St Agnes but unfortunately only got 2/3 of the way across before we were told that the race would have to start without us …… On the positive side – at least we had a good row in some pretty lumpy conditions. Let’s hope day 2 goes a little better.

Here are a few shots from earlier in the day.

Scilly 2Gigs on the beach

Scilly 1

Keith Owen (Sidmouth boat) and the Rodney Bey

Scilly 3

This is the Amuda a new Dutch gig which was only named at 3pm yesterday – the man in red at the front is the Vicar who blessed the boat

The Rodney Bey on the Isles of Scilly

We are now gathering on the Isles of Scilly for the annual World Gig Rowing Championships. Our boat (from the Exmouth Gig Club) has arrived and we gave her a little trip out today prior to the first races this evening.

Rodney Bey1Keith and Margot on the beach

Rodney Bey4Our charismatic Chairman Ben at the launch of the Rodney Bey

Rodney Bey2Orange blades

Rodney Bey3Leather sleeves

Rodney Bey5Off and away with Max coxing

Rodney Bey6Returning to St Mary’s harbour

EndeavourThis is the Endeavour which features an all American Crew – I think they will be on the news – note the BBC cameraman

Great views on St Marys and some common birds

A great walk up to the Eastern end of St Mary’s via Porth Hellick and back via Bar Point. Sunny day and some common birds today.

Marys - thriftAt Deep Point

Men a vaurOver to Men a vaur, St Helens, Round Island and Tean

Linnet 1Linnet on gorse

Linnet 2Linnet 2

ShagA shag in Pelistry Bay

StonechatA stonechat with a woodlouse spider (Dysera crocata)


St Agnes – my favourite island

St Agnes is my favourite island on the Scillies. I have had a fabulous day just bimbling around with my camera in the sunshine.

St Agnes 1The Bar (a tombolo) over to Gugh at high tide with thrift

St Agnes 2The same place this time with bird’s foot trefoil

St Agnes 3At low tide

St Agnes 9The maze at Troy Town look over to Annet

St Agnes 8The Nag’s Head back to the Lighthouse

St Agnes 7Porth Askin

St Agnes 6Porth Askin again

St Agnes 5A granite logan rock on Wingletang – The Devil’s punch bowl