Sidmouth Gig Racing Club


Founded in the summer of 2009 
we're here to encourage the amateur sport of Pilot Gig rowing, serving Sidmouth and the surrounding area. During the summer months we row from Sidmouth beach on Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sunday mornings.  

Pilot Gig racing has grown in popularity all along the south and west coasts of England and we take part in regattas in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

We are a member of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA) who govern the sport in the UK, and provide standards, rules and policies for clubs.

Fundraising has been at the heart of the committee and we now have three boats.  In August 2010 we were very proud to launch our first training boat Alma, and our first wooden racing gig Keith Owen was launched in March 2012.  In January 2018 we received our second racing gig, Little Picket.

The club is run by a committee that is elected from members at the AGM.  We meet regularly to discuss and decide on plans for the club


Would you like to join us?

New to rowing or enquiring about membership? Please click here.



Is today's rowing On or Off?  Call: 07979 970711  On Saturday and Sunday mornings please do not call before 08:15.  On weekdays the message will usually be updated two hours before the planned start time.


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  Watch us in action!  Here we are rowing near Sidmouth and winter training at Lyme Regis



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Winter land training

Many of you will know we've had problems getting a mid week booking at the Scout Base Salcombe Regis at a suitable time this year....

We've decided to trial a Wednesday 7.30 session at the Sidmouth Bike Studios on the Alexandra Industrial Estate in Sidmouth. The advantages of this are that Matt from Sidmouth Cycles will set up a circuit in the large studio and there is plenty of parking. (Facebook link Bike Sidmouth)

There is also the offer for us to bring our ergos (he has two) and with our two new ergos supported by the Keith Owen Fund we could have a station of six ergos for groups to row together.

There is a slightly increased cost of four pounds for the session, which seems very good value. Matt is a past Captain of Plymouth Rowing Club so is very aware of our needs.

The FIRST SESSION is booked for WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14TH at 7.30 at the Studio and we hope that as many as possible will come along and have some fun. As last year it is for the whole club - all ages, all abilities!
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We hope to see you on the 14th at 7.30 if not before.

Colin and Jeremy



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On a beautiful autumn afternoon what better than an impromptu row?  Two coxes and 14 rowers took Keith Owen and Alma out for a spin on 24th October.



260 lengths of the pool, and 11 miles of rowing

11 members of the club took part in the Sidmouth Swimathon on Saturday 6th October.  The 'mainly Youth' team, Sarah, Melinda, Darcy, Eve and Douglas, swam a stunning 140 lengths of Sidmouth pool in 55 minutes.  That's 23.5 seconds per length.  The 'mainly men' team of Nick, Dave, Ted, Tony and Daisy swam a very respectable 120 lengths.

Sarah, Gina, Megan, Sarah, Julie, Linda and Kisteen looking remarkably cheerful after their 11 mile row.

To avoid a clash with the Helford race a crew of Ladies rowed a gruelling 11 miles from Sidmouth to Budleigh and back on Sunday 30th September to support the Swimathon.  

The Swimathon is run by the Rotary Club to support local good causes.  This year's recipients will be Sidmouth Hospicecare, the Memory Cafe and......a new set of Ladies Oars for the Gig Club.

The rowers and the swimmers would all welcome your support; it couldn't be easier, please pull out your bank card and follow this link.


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Great River Race

Two Sidmouth crews took part in the Great River Race - up the Thames from Tower Bridge to Richmond - on Saturday 8th September.



Once again the Gig Club's participation in the Raft Race brought  chaos to Sidmouth beach, ably directed by Barry Morton who excelled his previous masterpieces.  The theme was Titanic, and that meant there had to be an iceberg too.  We finished last, and next-to-last, so no change there then!

Just watch those oars bend as the crew of Titanic try to escape the iceberg while a passing albatross looks on.  Megan made a convincing Kate Winslet, though sadly none of the club's men look remotely like Leonardo DiCaprio.