Our Fleet 


 

    
When the club first started in 2013 we originally leased two wooden pilot gigs, which we now own. Spirit of Langstone (formerly Waterwitch built in 2003 by John and Dave Currach of Looe) and Heart of Hayling (formerly Porthminster built in 1992 by Peter Foord of Mevagissey). The boats came from Charlestown and St Ives, and were renamed with suitable ceremony after being repainted in Langstone Cutters Gig Club colours.

We then went on to purchase a fibre glass training boat which we named C Shel after one of our original members Shelley Cook, who is sadly no longer with us. C Shel was purchased from Rock Rowing Club and originally called Jane D, the the real Jane Diplock is still a stalwart of Rock Rowing club and a very lovely lady too. Fibre glass gigs cannot be raced in CPGA regattas and so C Shel is purely a training boat.  C Shel has introduced many people to gig rowing through our Open Rowing sessions and continues to be used for this purpose.

Our first wooden racing boat, built by Andrew Nancarrow, was launched in May 2016. Members and supporters of our club raised the money for this gig to be built with a 64th Scheme, whereby parts of the cost were shared throughout the membership. This was a very proud day for our members when we received our first racing boat which we named Star of Northney. Star of Northney’s racing debut was at the 2016 Weymouth Regatta.


MAINTENANCE

Our gigs need to be maintained and this happens throughout the season when there is the time and the space to be able to do this. Whether it be a full rub down and fresh coat of paint, repairs to stretchers or keel bands, there always seems to be something that needs to be done to keep them in tip top condition. We are very lucky to have a group of our members led very ably by Matt who turn up and lend a hand when called upon.  We are always looking for members who have the skills or just the time to be able to help – many hands make light work.