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High tides to affect gig storage during weekend

All gigs will have to be moved off Town Beach during the World Championships to avoid the high tide.

Photo by SCY TV

Tides of up to 6m at the weekend mean gigs cannot remain on the beach at all times as is usually the case.

Kevin Sherris, Interim Chairman of the World Pilot Gig Championships, told Radio Scilly: "[Marine contractors] KML have come up trumps and offered us the new recycling plant, which is a huge concrete area, and because of the tides this year, we've lost all the beach so there are 20 or 30 gigs down there.

"We've got one high tide during the day which is going to affect all the gigs. There won't be any beach at all on Town Beach, there'll be a little bit on Porthmellon, but it's not at the actual time that we're racing so it shouldn't affect us too much."

Kevin asked for more volunteers for the weekend, for which some 150 gigs are registered.

"There are lots of little jobs out there that need covering so do turn up and help, please," he said.

He also urged all coxes to attend a meeting at 3.30pm tomorrow at the Methodist Chapel "just in case there's any news that we have to give them, i.e. weather conditions, tidal conditions etc, and just to make sure they know all the rules and regulations and they've all got VHFs with them".

The 28th World Pilot Gig Championships kick off tomorrow evening with the long supervets and vets races from St Agnes to St Mary's, followed by men's and women's races on Saturday and Sunday.


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