St Ives' boatmen take on the world at Punts, Gigs and Jumbos day
TRADITIONAL punts and pilot gigs shared pride of place in St Ives harbour when the community came together for the Punts, Gigs and Jumbos day.
St Ives Jumbo Association teamed up with St Ives Pilot Gig Club to build on the success of their Scully Days – teaching people how to ‘scully’ small fishing boats with one oar like father used to.
And the organisers were so pleased with the outcome of this new partnership event they have vowed to stage a repeat before the end of the summer season.
St.Ives Gig Club’s wooden gigs Defiant and Fortitude joined the Jumbo Association to provide the town with “a comprehensive introduction to traditional boat-handling.”
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Scores of people took to the water, many for the first time, to try their hand at scullying or rowing a gig.
Peter Berriman, chairman of the gig club, reported that Defiant had been kept busy throughout the afternoon taking out approxiamately 50 novices.
The occasion also provided an opportunity for boat builder Giles Gilbert to launch a new mahogany dinghy he had recently completed to add to the scullying fleet.
Ashore members raised funds providing teas, homemade cakes, fish BBQ's and information for those interested in joining the clubs.
The event culminated with an experimental Scully Race in whichSt Ives Boatmen took on the Rest of the World.
Two identical traditional St.Ives punts were made available, built by Jonny Nance who was also attempting to organise the race, which became a relay round a buoy in the centre of the harbour.
The Jumbo Association’s Jonny Nance said: “St Ives’ Boatmen were the clear winners of the first Scully Race and a new sport was born in St Ives.
“They duely received their prize - donated by the St.Ives Brewery! - which was presented by Mayor Colin Nicholls.”
• Boats in the Bay 2013, the annual celebration of luggers at St.Ives, will be held on Saturday September 7.