THE WORLD’s most iconic pilot gig boat, the 205-year-old Newquay, has been celebrated at a special ceremony held during St Mawes Regatta.

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Iconic pilot gig celebrates 205-year history at regatta

By Tom Howe 7th June 2017

Iconic pilot gig celebrates 205-year history at regatta
EYE CATCHING: Built in 1812 by William Peters of St Mawes, the Newquay is considered to be the oldest traditional rowing boat still in regular use

THE WORLD’s most iconic pilot gig boat, the 205-year-old Newquay, has been celebrated at a special ceremony held during St Mawes Regatta.

For just the second time in its 205-year history, the pilot gig Newquay, built in 1812, was invited to return to St Mawes where she was built at the Polvarth Boatyard by the then prolific leading gig builder of the day, William Peters.

She looked resplendent in her coat of red Jotun paint, worked immaculately by Ted Taylor, and also because of being kept in the ideal environment of Newquay Rowing Club’s new gig store.

The occasion, organised by Roseland Gig Club, marked the 30th anniversary of their pilot gig bearing the name William Peters, built by another eminent boat builder, Ralph Bird.

This was all part of the annual regatta held at St Mawes last weekend when 14 gigs took to the water with rowers scrambling to row the iconic Newquay, the oldest surviving pilot gig still being rowed and raced on a regular basis.

By Tom Howe 7th June 2017

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