Cornwall

Racers gather for Isles of Scilly gig championship

World Pilot Gig Championship
Image caption More than 150 teams are taking part in the 25th World Pilot Gig Championship

The 25th World Pilot Gig Championship is under way on the Isles of Scilly.

Teams have gathered on St Mary's for the racing events culminating with the men's and ladies finals.

The event has grown considerably since the first championship in 1989 when 19 boats competed.

More than 150 teams have taken part in events across the weekend, racing in six-oared wooden boats in the long race from St Agnes to St Marys.

Gig rowing is believed to date back to the 1700s, when vessels around the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly needed a pilot to help them navigate their way through difficult waters.

Image caption Teams have gathered on St Mary's for the racing events

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