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It's one of the fastest growing sports in the country. So why does it seem that nobody east of the Avon has ever even heard of it? The Bristol Crew tells us more about their new obsession, Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing.

Extract: You can tell a gig rower from their calloused hands, lop-sided shoulders, and a tell-tale love of sea-shanties. They might also walk with a slight gait after major races, and many will happily tell stories of ^friends^ who have had to soak their underwear off in a hot bath the morning after a big race...

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Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with the city skyline and Brunel's SS Great Britain steamship in the background. England, UK. July...  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with the city skyline and Brunel's SS Great Britain steamship in the background. England, UK. July...
Strained faces as Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practice in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, England, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Strained faces as Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practice in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, England, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Men's crew practicing in Pilot Gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour in the morning, February 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Men's crew practicing in Pilot Gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour in the morning, February 2009.
Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Men's crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Men's crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Men's crews practicing in pilot gigs ^Isambard^ and ^Young Bristol^ on Bristol Floating Harbour in the morning. February 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Men's crews practicing in pilot gigs ^Isambard^ and ^Young Bristol^ on Bristol Floating Harbour in the morning. February 2009.
^Isambard^ crew raising their oars, celebrating winning the mixed heat of the ^Bristol Challenge^ race along the Avon Gorge, March 21st 2009.  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / ^Isambard^ crew raising their oars, celebrating winning the mixed heat of the ^Bristol Challenge^ race along the Avon Gorge, March 21st 2009.
Pilot Gig ^Isambard^ moored alongside jetty in Bristol Floating Harbour marina. February 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Pilot Gig ^Isambard^ moored alongside jetty in Bristol Floating Harbour marina. February 2009.
Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Men's crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Men's crew practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Bristol Gig Club's second gig, ^Young Bristol^ pulled up on beach at Mylor, Falmouth Gig Regatta, June 2008  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Bristol Gig Club's second gig, ^Young Bristol^ pulled up on beach at Mylor, Falmouth Gig Regatta, June 2008
^Young Bristol^ crew during the ^Bristol Challenge^ race along the River Avon, March 21st 2009.  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / ^Young Bristol^ crew during the ^Bristol Challenge^ race along the River Avon, March 21st 2009.
Strained faces as Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practice in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with moored boats in background. England, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Strained faces as Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew practice in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with moored boats in background. England, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew take a break from practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with city skyline in background. England, UK. July 2008, Model Released  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Bristol Pilot Gig Club's Ladies crew take a break from practicing in their gig ^Isambard^ on Bristol Floating Harbour, with city skyline in background. England, UK. July 2008, Model Released
Oars on seats in Bristol Pilot Gig Club's ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK    , July 2008  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Oars on seats in Bristol Pilot Gig Club's ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK , July 2008
106 gigs lined up on start line for the Ladies first heat of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / 106 gigs lined up on start line for the Ladies first heat of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Stern, yoke and rudder lines of Bristol Pilot Gig Club's ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK    , July 2008  -  Rob Cousins
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Rob Cousins / Stern, yoke and rudder lines of Bristol Pilot Gig Club's ^Isambard^ on Bristol's Floating Harbour, England, UK , July 2008
Men's crews racing in the final heat of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008. Mount's Bay in ^Kensa^ are leading.  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Men's crews racing in the final heat of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008. Mount's Bay in ^Kensa^ are leading.
Gigs pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Gigs pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Ladies' gig practice on Bristol Floating Harbour. January 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Ladies' gig practice on Bristol Floating Harbour. January 2009.
Gigs pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Gigs pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Ladies' gig practice on Bristol Floating Harbour, approaching Underfall Yard. January 2009.  -  Merryn Thomas
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Merryn Thomas / Ladies' gig practice on Bristol Floating Harbour, approaching Underfall Yard. January 2009.
Gigs rowing out to start line off Tresco for heat of World Pilot Gig Championships. Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Gigs rowing out to start line off Tresco for heat of World Pilot Gig Championships. Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Mounts Bay men's crew celebrate their world title on the podium at the awards ceremony of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Mounts Bay men's crew celebrate their world title on the podium at the awards ceremony of the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Flushing and Mylor men's crew racing ^Penarrow^ at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Flushing and Mylor men's crew racing ^Penarrow^ at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008
Double Dutch, Cape Cornwall, Isambard, Isolde, Sir Tristan and Taran pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008  -  Adam White
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Adam White / Double Dutch, Cape Cornwall, Isambard, Isolde, Sir Tristan and Taran pulled up on Town Beach, St. Mary's, at the 19th World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly, May 2008