Maiden Lanuch - New Home Counties Gig
On Saturday (15th) nine Sea Scouts from the 35th Bournemouth took to the River Thames at Richmond Bridge in "Sea Wolf", the first of the New Home Counties Gig. For over fifty years Sea Scouts across the UK have used the original gig for taining in pulling and sailing, the class of boat is regularly seen in the Head of the River Race. With a fibreglass hull and quality wood finnishes the boat looks very sleek upon the water. The last of the original hull moulds was lost over ten years ago and there have been no new boats since.
Two Sea Scout Leaders in Richmond (Robin Burr and Vic Griffiths) had the inspiration to construct a new mould based on one of the original boats. Leander Sea Scouts provided the boat, the south west London scout county and a local benefactor, Mr Trevor Cotterall, funded the twenty thousand pound mould and the two year project was delivered.
Mark Edwards, boat builder at Richmond, fitted out the fibre glass hull and the Bournemouth scouts have the first two orders with more now on the production line.