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

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

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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.

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.


We're taking part in the Sidmouth Swimathon on 6th October this year.  The event 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.

We've got two teams of swimmers, and a Ladies crew who are doing a sponsored row a week earlier to avoid the clash with Helford.  

Whether you're rowing or not, please sponsor us.  It couldn't be easier, just find a bank card and follow this link.

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 bending 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. 

Wednesday 22nd August was cool and breezy but the evening was calm.  Jeremy took this photo of the Ladies/Youth crew, plus James,
taking a break in the evening sun.  Photo: Jeremy Cloke

Smiles all round after the regatta at Rame.  Photo: Jeremy Cloke

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.

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.

Social Rows

Because of other postponements, etc, our socials rows have been replaced by a Fun Regatta at Sidmouth on Sunday 2nd September.

Alma and Keith Owen row to Lyme Regis

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.