Gig rowing and gig racing come directly from the legacy of the sailing ships that plied their trade to ports in the South West of England. Trading ships required pilots to be put aboard to find their way safely to port or risk foundering on the rocky shores of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles. Pilot gigs would race each other out to the incoming ships, the crew that got there first and successfully dropped off their pilot got the rewards, no prizes for coming second. Today, both men and women regular compete in Gig’s that were originally constructed in the 1800’s.
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