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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Lifeboat drill 

On Sunday 10th November we arranged a safety and rescue drill with Sidmouth Lifeboat. The Men's crew, including Elli, had a brief row and then rendezvoused with the lifeboat about 500 metres offshore, in a cool breeze and choppy water. 

Our crew boarded the lifeboat, leaving our cox Mike on Alma, with one of the lifeboat crew. We then did a series of towing exercises. Those of us on the lifeboat were safely seated, but we were wet and chilly before we'd started, and being squeezed into the lifeboat, wrapped in thermal sheets was quite tough. Finally we were towed close to shore, reboarded the gig boat and headed for the beach. It was quite an experience; if this was just an exercise you wouldn't want to be part of the real thing! 

A big thank you to the Sidmouth Lifeboat crew for a valuable lesson.  One point which became apparent is that gig boats are long and thin, and prefer to go in a straight line; if they're being towed they'll follow the course much better if someone is in the cox's seat using the rudder.

There are more photos here.

Circuit Training off to a good start

The winter season circuits started on 16th October and will be 
on each Wednesday evening until the spring, less one or two for Christmas.

There are two sessions starting at 18:30 and 19:30.  Members have been assigned a session and must stick to that time unless a swap is arranged.  If you're obliged to miss a session please give Gina as much notice as possible.
The cost is £5.00 per session as we are having two instructors. There is also the offer of a body analysis once a month with an impedance machine which measures body fat, hydration and blood pressure.

Circuits are held at the Bike Studios at Alexandria industrial estate, near to Fords.

If you wish to join please contact Gina,

Megan to represent Devon

Congratulations to Megan on being selected and taking part in the  Tribute County Championships being held at Mount Batten, Plymouth, on 13th October.

Devon came second in the race, and Megan has made the Herald.

Club's swimmers raise cash for Swimathon

11 club members took part in the Sidmouth Swimathon on 5th October and raised a lot of cash for three local good causes:  Sidmouth Admiral Dementia Nurse, Gateway Homeless Action Group and Sidmouth Lifeboat.

Our target was £1500, and we're not there yet, so if you haven't contributed yet please follow this link.

Monster Tour of Scotland

Two boats, two crews, two lobsters, two hard races and lots 
of fun.  More details here.

Skittles Evening

Another trip to the Six Bells at Payhembury, on Friday 15th November courtesy of Mike Perrington.  More details here.