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What Is a Pilot Gig?

The Cornish pilot gig is a s a 32′ six-oared boat with a beam of 4’9".

The Cornish gig was developed in the early 1800s, and has its roots in the Scilly Isles, 40 miles off the coast of Cornwall, England. The boats were used to transport a local pilot to incoming sailing vessels, and needed to be both fast and seaworthy.

Pilot gigs are actively raced in Europe today, and have been adopted by many youth and adult rowing programs around the United States.

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