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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Mary Poppins and the Boxing Day Swim

Once again the club excelled itself in the Boxing Day swim.  This year the theme was Mary Poppins.

Megan made a great Mary Poppins, and was complemented by Jeremy Vine.  More pics here.



Winter land training

Wednesday night training sessions are proving popular with 20+ members taking part.

This year we're meetings at 8:30 pm on Wednesdays 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. https://www.facebook.com/bike.sidmouth.7

Sessions cost four pounds. Matt is a past Captain of Plymouth Rowing Club so is very aware of our needs.

Lots of members turned up for the first session.



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.