Last Friday saw The Old Wreck Race on the Isles of Scilly – this is the ‘big’ race for Scillonian gigs. It is a 3 1/2 mile race which starts north west of Annet, half way towards Bishop’s Rock. It involves some of the oldest gigs in the world.
The winner this year was Bonnet – the oldest gig of them all built in 1830 and raced by a St Mary’s crew
Then Golden Eagle, built in 1870 – originally a Bryher boat but now raced by a St Mary’s crew
Next came Galatea – a newcomer built in 2001 by Ralph Bird – this is a St Martin’s boat
Islander – built in 1989 – I’m not sure which Island rows in Islander – anyone know?
This Nornour built in 1971 – another St Mary’s boat I think
This is Shah – the St Agnes boat built in 1873 – my favourite
And this is Czar – one of the boats of the Tresco and Bryher Rowing Club
I found this video of the 2015 Race which gives you an idea of what gig rowing in the Atlantic is like
Men’s Old Wreck Gig Race, August 2015, Isles of Scilly from Jeremy Pearson on Vimeo.
The race ended with a great sunset.