The World Pilot Gig Championship is split up into three main categories; Super Vets (50+), Vets (40+), and the Open (16+). Each category is sub-divided into Men's & Women's. There are no mixed races or crews in the WPGC.
St Agnes Race
The first race of each division is the St Agnes Down, which is also Round One. The map to the side shows the course, including the start and finishing lines in St Mary's Harbour.
The gigs are arranged alphabetically and the start line is setup so that no crew has an unfair advantage in terms of distance raced. Your boat must start with in the boundaries of your allotted section. All completing crews/gigs start this race at the same time.
Each boat must be behind the start line when the start signal is announced. There will be no warnings if you have not done this: you will be disqualified, and notified after the race has been completed
Nut Rock Races
Based on your positions in the Agnes race you will be split up into groups of 12. Each of these groups are given a letter (first 12 are in Group A, 13-24 are in Group B, and so on)
All categories - Open, Vets and Supervets - will compete in the first Nut Rock race (Round Two) for that category. The top 12 boats from the Vets and Supervets will compete in the Nut Rock Finals, which will take place on the Saturday.
In the Open races, there will be three Nut Rock Races -Rounds Two and Three, then the Finals. The top two boats from each group will move up a group, while the last two boats will go down a group. Everyone who finished 3rd-10th will remain in the same Group.
Example: Bonnet, Nornour, and the Serica are in group C. They all finished between 25th & 36th in the St Anges race. In their first Nut Rock Down the Bonnet came 2nd, the Nornour came 5th, and the Serica came 11th. The Bonnet will now move to group B, the Nornour will stay in group C, and the Serica will move down to group D.
The Races themselves will take place in descending order, Group A will always be the last group to race each set.