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Ladies Gig Race


An original acrylic painting by Cornish Artist Lindsey Keates.  This painting, created from a series of works and born from Lindsey's passion for gig rowing, a hobby that took her to compete all over Cornwall, Devon and Europe. 

Measurements -  96 x40 cm.

The Cornish Pilot Gig is a fixed seat, six-oared rowing boat. It is built of Cornish narrow leaf elm and measure 32 feet (9.8 m) long with a beam of four feet ten inches.

A gig is rowed by six rowers and helmed by a cox, it is recognised as one of the first shore-based lifeboats that went to vessels in distress, with recorded rescues going back as far as the late 17th century.

The original purpose of the Cornish pilot gig was as a general work boat, and the craft is used for taking pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic. In those days the race would be the first gig to get their pilot on board a vessel (often those about to run aground on rocks) got the job, and hence the payment.

Today, pilot gigs are used primarily for sport, with around 100 clubs across the globe. The main concentration is within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,

If there is a particular Cornish scene you would like, please contact Lindsey as her stock is always expanding, it may not be listed on this website.

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