Cornish pilot gig built by Falmouth college students to be used by veterans charity – In Your Area

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The new Gig is an exact replica of a pilot gig from 1985
Students from Falmouth Marine School, part of the Cornwall College Group, working on the Energy 2 whcih is an exact gig replica that will be used by EPIC GIGability, a charity which supports veterans by helping them achieve a healthier, fitter lifestyle with a focus on reducing the negative impact of poor mental health (Image: Cornwall College)
A Cornish Pilot Gig built by local college students for a Cornish veteran’s charity is set to take its maiden voyage 35 years after a previous college cohort built its predecessor.
EPIC GIGability is a charity which supports veterans by helping them achieve a healthier, fitter lifestyle with a focus on reducing the negative impact of poor mental health.
Registered with the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, the organisation aims to develop and train crews to row Cornish Pilot Gigs both socially and competitively.
This Thursday, 9 September, the charity will unveil its brand-new boat – built under the title of the ENERGY 2 project – by more than 60 students on courses at Falmouth Marine School.
“The new boat is painted in the exact same colour blue as the original 1985 boat “ENERGY”, having been scanned from a half model painted in the original paint.
“It has been built from plans, made solely by students, under the guidance of our staff.
“This project has formed a strong relationship between the CPGA and Falmouth Marine School and there is hope of repeating the project again in the near future to help new gig clubs acquire a traditionally built gig.”
“I think we were really lucky to get the opportunity and it gave us a really good insight into what’s involved in boat building.
“Maintaining a high standard regardless of the task was one of the biggest lessons I took away from the course. In fact, I really want to build another gig by myself now.”
Charlie has now finished his course and has gone on to set up his own business with the aim to build and repair gigs.
Falmouth Marine School, which is part of The Cornwall College Group, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of teaching boat building, with thousands of students learning the valuable trade and moving on to travel the globe with their new skills.
It is known for its industry-leading training, which is proven by the fact that students from this cohort have already secured jobs at world-class boatbuilders such as Pendennis Shipyard, Princess Yachts, Oyster Yachts and Cockwell’s Boats.
Students who helped build ENERGY 2 will be present in Falmouth for its launch on Thursday September 9 and will be joined by some of those from the original 1985 build as well.
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