Wave of Events

Wave of Events

Wave of Events

Lead Organisation: Cornish Pilot Gig Association

Investment Priority: Community and Place

Fund: Cultural Events and Talent Programme

SPF Awarded: £135,000

Location: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly wide

Wave of Events aims to develop the calendar of gig racing events which take place around the coves, harbours and beaches across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This project will be led by the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, the governing body for the inclusive and distinctive sport of gig rowing.

Wave of Events will support gig clubs in the delivery of their diverse, community-led events. The project will also optimise the colourful spectacle of gig racing for members of the public to enjoy.

Wave of Events will support the further development of one of the biggest participation sporting events in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly. Project activities will help to facilitate a step change in the delivery of WPGC2024.

Importantly, gig rowing offers sporting facilities in many rural and coastal communities that otherwise lack sports and community venues. The project team will work with gig clubs to extend competition leagues into all areas of Cornwall of the Isles of Scilly, with a view to generating activity for all age groups in more communities all year round.

The project will springboard more coverage of competition events and reach wider audiences online through the GigRower Stream Team live stream and social media engagement.

The Wave of Events team will work to incorporate cultural experiences into shore-based event elements to include in person and online exhibitions, commentary and digital engagement. Social activities will bring communities together off the water through themes associated with rowing, for example shanty singing.

Gig rowing is inextricably linked to community identity. Wave of Events will celebrate this thriving sport and its communities.  This project will ensure that the unique elements of gig rowing are shared with wide audiences, drawing their attention to the cultural distinctiveness of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

For more information, visit the Cornish Pilot Gig Association website

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Photo credits include: Sandra Gibson, Anne Curnow Care, Gordon Brown and Jan Halliday.

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