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Pilot Gig Championships start on the Isles of Scilly

The World Pilot Gig Championships start on the Isles of Scilly Credit: ITV News

The World Pilot Gig Championships start on the Isles of Scilly today and carry on across the Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 150 craft are taking part this year. It's become so popular there's talk of limiting the number of entries in future.

The annual event has attracted a strong international field.

Michael Leviseur has travelled all the way from the U.S.A to compete with the American crew.


Dorset rowers' record Atlantic attempt

And staying in the sea - two rowers from the region are on course to break a 118-year record by crossing the Atlantic in the quickest time ever.

Chris Walters and Elliott Dale from Lyme Regis have so far had to overcome injuries, huge cargo ships and gale force winds, but remain confident they will beat the 55-day record. Seth Conway reports:

Glover makes winning return on the water

The pair last rowed together at London 2012 where they won gold Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Olympic Champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning made a winning return to rowing as they took gold in the women's pair at the World Cup Regatta in France. It was the first time Helen who's from Cornwall had teamed up with her partner since winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012.

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Cracknell's bid to be a European MP

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has been talking about his latest challenge - to become a Euro-MP for the south west. The man who twice won gold for rowing, is on the Conservative list of candidates for next year's election.

Today he said he didn't feel his sporting prowess was the reason for his selection - or that the effects of a serious head injury would hamper his chances. He was speaking to our political correspondent Bob Constantine at the Conservative conference in Manchester.

Ancient rowing boats still competing

Three of the oldest rowing boats in the world are on their way to take part in a special anniversary celebration in the Isles of Scilly. The vessels are based in Newquay. The oldest is 201 years old and still used every day.

The Newquay, The Dove and the Treffry are leaving the Cornish resort to talk part in gig racing championships and it's the first time all three have been down to the Scillies together.

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Olympic rowing champions compete at World Cup

It's almost a year since the start of the London Olympic Games and this weekend is particularly significant for two of our region's gold medal-winning athletes.

Olympic rowing champions Peter Reed, from Gloucestershire, and Helen Glover, from Cornwall, have returned to the scene of their twenty-twelve triumphs. They'll be competing for Great Britain at the Rowing World Cup at Eton Dorney.

Gold medallist Glover competes in World Rowing Cup

Helen Glover (left) and her rowing partner Heather Stanning show off their medals at Eton Dorney lake Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Cornwall's Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover will return to the scene of her 2012 triumph this weekend.

She'll be competing for Great Britain at the World Rowing Cup. The event's being held in the UK for the first time in eight years.

It takes place at Eton Dorney, where Helen - who's from Truro - and her partner Heather Stanning won Team GB's first gold of the games in the coxless pairs.

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