World Pilot Gig Championships


Date: 4th – 6th May 2018

‘If there is one quintessential Scillonian experience, it has to be the spectacle of a Gig Race. It’s a holiday must-do…’

The ever growing World Pilot Gig Championships tend to take place over May bank holiday, and with its buzzing atmosphere, it is unlike any other weekend of the year on the Isles of Scilly. The majority of the wooden pilot gigs are built locally, and a lot of the participants from the South West race regularly. Hotels take reservations 12 months in advance for this spectacular event, and crews attend from as far afield as Holland and the USA. Be sure to book in advance!

The “champs” have become an island spectacle as a carnival atmosphere descends across the archipelago. The veterans’ race kicks off the proceedings on Friday night, followed by men’s and women’s races on Saturday and Sunday.

For full details of the World Pilot Gig Championships, click here.