If you’re on the Isles of Scilly this weekend then don’t miss out on the spectacular Heritage Invitational Weekend, inviting you to celebrate our gig rowing heritage.

From this Friday, pop along to the gig sheds on Porthmellon Beach, St. Mary’s, and participate in the uniqueness of gig rowing. Compete against the other clubs,  view the pop-up ‘Pulling Together the Past’ film and bring your singing voice for the ‘shanty-shout’!

Expect good, authentic fun with local Cornish bands, a pop-up bar, and plenty of singing!

Book your trip now with Isles of Scilly Travel and get 10% off by using the discount code HG2021. All discounts subject to T&Cs. Please note, this does not include day trip travel to the islands.


Friday 24th September:

5pm Coxes Briefing at Porthmellon Gig Sheds 

5:30pm Club Women's Nut Rock (Club Crews)

5:30pm Gig shed bar open (Run by Ales of Scilly)

6:30pm Club Men's Nut Rock (Club Crews)

7:30pm Will Keating and John Dowling (From the Oggeymen) in the gig sheds

8:30pm Shanty Shout led by Derek Shave in the gig sheds

11:00pm Bar closes


Saturday 25th September

11am Invitational Women's Race Nut Rock 

12am Invitational Men's Race Nut Rock 

1pm Club Women's Nut Rock

2pm Club Men's Nut Rock

5pm Club Women's Nut Rock

5:30pm Gig shed bar opens

6:30pm Club Men's Nut Rock

6:30pm Screening of 'Pulling Together the Past' in the gig shed doors

9pm: Local bands inlcuding Skaramanga performaning in the gig sheds

11pm: Gig shed bar closed


Sunday 26th September

12:30pm Women's Interclub mix up Nut Rock

1:30pm Men's Interclub mix up Nut Rock


For more information about how to sign up for the races above - please direct individuals to sign up by emailing stmarysgigclub@gmail.com There are limited places available. 

Throughout the weekend, there will be no food available from St Mary's Gig club. Businesses across the islands will have a variety of food and drink options.

Tripper boats will be following the races. These will be at the discretion of St Mary's Boatmen's Association and will be confirmed towards the end of the week.

The project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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St. Mary's Pilot Gig Club, The Gig Shed, Porthmellon Beach, Hugh Town, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JY

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