Gig Rowing is one of the country's fastest growing water sports. It has its origins in the working boats of the Isles of Scilly. But when they were phased out, the Scillonians and the Cornish gradually adopted the gigs for sporting purposes. And ...
over the last twenty years the number of clubs has mushroomed. Now there are clubs in Devon, Avon, Dorset and Wales and places as far afield as Boston in the USA, the Faroe Islands and Holland. The highlight every year comes on the May Bank Holiday weekend, very early in the season, with the World Championships on the Isles of Scilly. Now with more than 90 crews this has become as much a social event as a sporting one. There have been books about gig rowing before but they tended to be about the sport's history, or about technical aspects. Dan Williams, an education worker in Falmouth and Truro and a member of Devoran Pilot Gig Club's redoubtable B team, touches on these aspects but for him the camaraderie and parties are as important as which oar goes where. He recounts epic nights such as the one in Gorran Haven when his wife Anne, who as can be seen from the book's title, is a fellow rower, became a champion "tosser".
Number of pages: 224
Date of publication: 12/05/2006
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