Pilot gigs were first built in the 18th century to take pilots out to sailing ships where the pilot would then guide boats into safe waters
On Scilly, these boats were designed to tackle heavy seas and men risked their lives in them, helping the many who became shipwrecked on the treacherous waters around Scilly. They were also used for salvage with St. Agnes church bell originating from one of the wrecks!
Competitive gig racing was refreshed in the 1960s and during the summer season you can watch the islands’ gigs racing on a Wednesday (Women) and Fridays (Men). The world championship is a breathtaking sight, particularly when over a hundred gigs line up at St. Agnes for the race to St. Mary’s. Come and join us! Our boats accompany all races and you can take part in excitement with the gigs just a few feet away.
World Pilot gig Championship trips
8.15, 10.15 & 15.15 to St Mary’s
9.15, 12.30, 16.30 , 20.30, 21.15 to St Agnes
18.15 A trip to follow the Veterans Race returning directly after the race only.
19.45 A trip to follow the Veterans Race returning directly after the race only.
9.00, 10.15, & 15.15 to St Mary’s
11.30, 16.00, 18.15, 19.00 & 20.30 to St Agnes
12.45 A trip to follow the ladies’ St Agnes Race this trip departs from St Agnes
14.00 A trip to follow the men’s St Agnes Race this trip departs from St Agnes
8.15, 9.00, 10.15 to St Mary’s
Priority will be given to rowers at 8.15. Please will supporters travel at 9.00 or later
17.30, 18.15, 19.00, 21.15 to St Agnes
13.00 A trip to the ladies’ finals this trip departs from St Agnes
15.15 A trip to the men’s finals the trip departs from St Agnes
8.45, 10.15 & 16.00 to St Mary’s
12.30 & 17.00 to St Agnes