A boat builder, who started the revival in gig racing in the south-west of England, has retired.
Ralph Bird launched the explosion of interest in gig racing
Ralph Bird borrowed a few of the traditional pilot boats from Newquay, Cornwall, for a race in 1981 and the sport began a renaissance.
Now more than 130 gigs race every weekend throughout the summer and thousands of people are involved.
The last of 29 gigs to be built by Mr Bird was launched in Newquay on Saturday.
Mr Bird, who has been a boat builder all of his life, said: "The sport has got bigger than anyone thought.
"But it is something traditional that all members of the family can take part in."