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.  Messages are also sent by WhatsApp.

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Rowing's back

Our first row of 2021 was on Sunday 4th April, when three boats were launched for an hour.  We subsequently rowed on Friday 9th and will restore Sunday, Wednesday and Friday rowing hereafter.

Social distancing and face covering rules will reply as before and the intention is to take three boats out, each with a single crew for one hour, thus avoiding crew changes.

It's not 'back to normal', but it's a big step in the right direction.

The next thing to look forward to is Friday night suppers, from 21st May - now that is progress!

New Keep Fit plans

Tony Sarsby is running weekday only (Zoom) keep fit session to which members are invited.  If you're interested classes for the first week are free.  Thereafter they cost £4 per session or you can buy five classes for £16.

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To book, or for more info, please call or text Tony 
on 07581 057128 He'll give you his bank details if you 
wish to sign up.

When lockdown finally passes we hope to set up some real-life classes with Tony.  

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

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