Pendeen Pilot Gig Club is a true community gig rowing club, founded in 1998 after local youngsters won a fun gig event. We currently have three gigs, but have recently been awarded a substantial amount of funding to help towards a second wooden racing gig, which is very exciting news for the club, especially after the formation of a new junior section recently.
Our racing gig called "Avarack" is named after the rocks off the coast of Pendeen lighthouse. She is a traditionally built wooden racing gig by Andrew Nancarrow and was launched in October 2000. She has been used numerous times in the world gig championships on the Isles of Scilly and in the 22 mile rowing marathon, The Great London River Race, which takes place every September.
In October 2007 we acquired a new GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) training gig named "Portheras" after a local cove.
The second GRP training boat was launched in August 2010 and named "Pendeen Watch" after the lighthouse in the village.
As a club we cater for all ages and abilities, offering junior rowing from the age of 12, with under 14 & under 16 race classes. Ages continue right up through to the Super Vets category.Our oldest active rowers are now in their 60's proving that age is no barrier in this sport.
If all you want to do is treat rowing as a "fun" exercise there is no pressure to become seriously race fit, but there is something curiously addictive about training,and, mark my words,you'll soon be inquiring about race events!
We train up to four times a week and compete regularly throughout the racing season between May & September.
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