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 two 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

2018 Sidmouth Regatta

Our 2018 regatta will be on Sunday 15th July.  Please put that date in your diary.

Read more about the world of Gig Rowing here in Gig Rower

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Sidmouth Regatta - our best yet?

Lots of sunshine, lots of boats and lots of rowing.  Our regatta on 15th July ticked all the boxes.

On the Road Again

On Sunday 8th July we travelled to West Bay for the Bridport Regatta.

It was a gloriously hot day, and sufficient Sidmouth rowers came along for us to field A & B crews for both Ladies and Mens races.

Tony Lambert has arranged another walk around Branscombe with a botanist and Jurassic Coast Ambassadors to explain the life, geology and history of the area.  (Click picture to enlarge.)

There's no charge for the walk, though a donation to the Jurassic Coast Trust is welcome.

22 rowers met at 4:15 am on Thursday 24th June to greet the Soltice sunrise over Sidmouth.  The weather smiled on us, and we enjoyed spectacular views across the water.

Sidmouth "Three Boats" Gig Club

On Wednesday 30th May our three boats finally came together on the water. Keith Owen had just returned from the Scillies, and we had sufficient rowers to crew it alongside Alma and Little Picket.  The weather was still and murky but we got some useful training in before our upcoming visit to the Swanage regatta.

Breakfast at Beer - 20th July

We rowed Alma and Little Picket to Beer on a fine Sunday morning and enjoyed breakfast in one of the famous beach cafes there.

New season - new poster

Our 2018 poster has appeared in shop windows around Sidmouth.  If you'd like a copy to display please contact Nick.

Social Rows

We're planning four social rows for the summer months; trips to Beer, Budleigh, Exmouth and a local beach.  More details here.

Alma and Keith Owen row to Lyme Regis

For once the weather smiled on us as we rowed from Sidmouth to Lyme Regis on Sunday 25th March, with crew changes at Branscombe and Seaton.  Full report here.