The number of gigs competing in the World Pilot Gig Championships will be limited to 120 in 2020, plus the Isles of Scilly gigs.
There will also be extra races in the Vets and Supervets categories, according to a report by gigrower.co.uk based on information sent by Scilly's Gig Committee.
This year's Championships saw a record 150 entrants, with the numbers steadily climbing over the last few years.
In order for 120 gigs to be achievable in 2020, the 2019 event will use the following selection criteria for the first time:
1. The Isles of Scilly (IoS) gigs will automatically get one invitation only.
2. Each invitation entitles the club to bring one gig for entry in any (or all) race(s). The invitation is to the club - not to a named gig.
3. For any club to be eligible for an invitation to the WPGC, the club must be in existence for at least 12 months.
4. All CPGA-affiliated clubs will automatically get one invitation.
5. The current private clubs, Penryn and Porthgain, will get one invitation each. New private clubs will get an invitatio at the discretion of the Committee.
6. International clubs not affiliated to the CPGA will get one invitation.
7. Each of the first 12 gigs finishing in the Final of the Ladies' Open on Sunday will secure an additional invitation to that crew’s registered club.
8. Each of the first 12 gigs finishing in the Final of the Men's Open on Sunday that has not triggered an additional invitation to the same club in the Ladies Open will now secure an additional invitation to that crew’s registered club. (For example, Black Rock finishes in the top 12 Ladies and secures an invitation to that crew’s club. Black Rock also finishes in the top 12 Men's but does not secure another invitation if rowed by a crew from the same club. If Black Rock is rowed by a crew from a different club and finishes in the top 12 Men's, this will secure an additional invitation to that crew’s club. If Energy does finish in the top 12 mens, this secures an additional invitation for the club if rowed by a crew from the same club which rowed Black Rock in the Ladies).
9. Each of the first three gig’s crews which finish in the top three of the Vets and SuperVets (Ladies and Men's) which do not trigger an invitation through the Open races will secure an additional invitation to that crew’s registered club.
10. There will be a ‘wild card’ system which the WPGC Committee will operate at its discretion. This will allow extra gigs to be included to make up numbers if necessary.
11. In any event, the maximum number of invitations per non-Isles of Scilly club is three.
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