Registration for 2016 Championships will be live from 4th January
Chairman's Invitation to the 2016 World Pilot Gig Championships
Information for Rowers
The 27th World Pilot Gig Championships will take place on the Isles of Scilly from Friday, 29 April until Sunday, 1 May 2016. On behalf of the organising committee it is my pleasure to invite you to take part in this unparalleled event. There will be a few changes in the racing structure, but substantially it will be as in previous years, with which most of you will be familiar. My committee spend a lot of effort in endeavouring to improve the Championships experience for all the competitors. There will be some updating to the rules. It is most important that teams regularly visit our new website where changes will be announced. I will remind you that veterans must have attained 40 years of age and super vets must have attained 50 years of age. All Coxes must be over 18 years of age and experienced. No mixed crews are permitted. I will repeat what I said in 2014 that no official, myself included, has authority to give permission to breach our rules. Deliberate non-compliance with our rules may lead to the offending club being excluded next year. Crews, please inform your Cox that you would rather be a metre behind at the start line than to be pushing the line and disqualified. None of the marshals relish disqualifying any crew, but are not afraid to make the racing fair for everybody.
Last year I asked that all trophies were returned in pristine condition and thankfully this was so. May I ask that you continue to do so this year. I shall also remind you that the double sailing schedule on the Friday morning requires all those sailing to board on time, check in early and retain their boarding card. Hopefully the quay will be available for spectators this year as the improvement works should be completed. However it remains a harbour rule that no gigs may moor adjacent to the quay, approach the quay, or land or embark crew from the quay. In health emergencies signal to a safety boat or if close in row immediately to the Rechabite slip from where you launch. There are highly trained professionals to deal with problems immediately and our hospital is on heightened vigilance all weekend. This worked well last year.
Our new website will enable you to register from January 4th onwards, and payment of registration fees should be made via our site, www.worldgigs.co.uk In case of difficulty as always contact Kevin. Please ensure that you accurately complete the registration form as changes will not be permitted over the weekend due to computer programming problems. Once more a professional cameraman has been engaged to video the finish of all races. Signing in by Coxes will once more take place with Martin at the tunnel commencing at midday on Thursday, 28 April.
This year increased expenditure is necessary to comply with European legislation regarding environmental health, and health and safety. It will therefore be necessary to increase our prices for the refreshments in the tunnel. This is the first increase in 10 years and the decision to do so was not taken lightly. As the tunnel provides the funds to stage the following years event I would ask you to support us as you have done wholeheartedly in past years. Maggie’s food will continue to be extremely good value. I have received many emails regarding the scarcity of accommodation. Remember there are campsites on the off islands and I particularly remember receiving complimentary remarks from those that have stayed on St Agnes and enjoyed the hospitality in the Turks Head.
I hope to chat with many of you during the weekend and my committee will do their utmost to make it a pleasurable and rewarding event, but suggestions to improve the experience for rowers are most welcome, as are articles and photographs that clubs that would like to see included in the brochure. Please send any submissions to email@example.com
Chairman, World Pilot Gig Championships
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