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World Pilot Gig Championships get underway on Scilly

By CGAlex  |  Posted: May 03, 2014

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The 25th World Pilot Gigs Championships are underway on the Isles of Scilly this weekend.

The first races of the record breaking event saw veterans teams vying for a place on the podium on Friday night.

In the womens races, Mounts Bay's team lifted the trophy, while in the mens events, Caradon were triumphant.

This year marks the silver jubillee of an event which started with 19 boats and was named a world championship by the founders as a bit of fun.

It has grown year on year and this time around an astonishing 150 boats will go under starters' orders for the iconic long race from St Agnes to St Mary's at lunchtime.

Although the event is famously good natured,on Friday night an outbreak of vandalism marred proceedings when paint was thrown at a shop window on St Mary's and there were reports of damage to the quay.

A number of teams were frustrated in their efforts to get to Scilly yesterday when the islands remained bound in thick fog for much of the day meaning very few places could land prior take off.

But it was full steam ahead this morning when flights left the mainland on time and the Scillonian departed Penzance on time for the first of two trips.

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