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As a spectacle it's hard to beat - particularly if you're blessed with sunshine and the gorgeous setting of the Isles of Scilly.
The world gig racing championships celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend - with more than 140 boats taking part some from as far afield as Holland.
The winning men's crew from Falmouth Pilot Gig Club talk to ITV West Country after winning the 25th World Gig Championships.
Competitors describe their excitement ahead of the 25th World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly
The world gig championships on the Isles of Scilly have finished after a record-breaking three days. More than 140 boats took part on the event's 25th anniversary. Falmouth Gig Club won both the women's and men's finals - and were crowned the world champions.
Steve Hardy reports on the final day of racing...
The World Gig Championships have just finished on the Isles of Scilly. Falmouth have retained both the women's and men's titles.
It's the 25th anniversary of the event and the organisers are confident they'll be another 25 years, despite calls from some for it to be held on the mainland. From St Mary's, Steve Hardy reports
Falmouth have won the ladies final in the 25th World Championships on the Isles of Scilly.
It's the second day of the World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly.
More than 140 gigs are taking part, the biggest ever field in the event which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy is there.
Falmouth were first across the finish line in the opening race of the day at the 25th World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly.
142 boats took part in the ladies event.
Today's racing in the 25th World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly are almost underway.
You can catch up with the day's action here and on ITV News Westcountry at 5:50pm.