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Thousands attend World rowing championships on the Isles of Scilly

The 28th annual World Pilot Gig Championships have come to a close on the Isles of Scilly.

It's the biggest weekend on the Scillies, and is estimated to be worth more than a million pounds to the islands.

Falmouth's 'Black Rock' took the men's title for the seventh year running, whilst the Caradon team from Saltash took the Ladies.

More than a thousand competitors took part in 150 boats over the weekend - with four times as many spectators.

Conditions were sunny, then they were windy, and at times, they were pretty cold.

But the atmosphere was always electric.

Each year as the number of boats increases the competition gets harder and harder.

When it all bean in 1989 just 19 boats took part - now that's up to 150.

But not everyone comes for the serious competition.

These injured servicemen can’t praise the sport enough for the positive effect its had on their mental health.

For three days a year, this island brings people together - and they love it.

And, with views like this, it’s not hard to see why gig weekend’s always a sell out.

Watch Andrea Bishop's full report