Lewes Pilot Gig Club
One Life, Gig It!
Cressida Murray Photography
Small beginnings. Big ambitions.
Founded in 2018, the Lewes Pilot Gig Club is bringing the joy of traditional gig boat rowing to the Lewes area.
Gig rowing is a heart-thumping, arm-aching team of six rowers and a coxswain working in unison to row a 32 foot elm-built boat through the waters of seas and rivers. Originating in Cornwall, gig rowing is a tradition of British island life where boats raced to deliver their pilot sailors out to the tall ships that sailed the perilous, rocky waters of the Isles of Scilly. Today pilot gig rowing is a modern racing sport and growing leisure activity, enjoyed around the world, with the World Championships held in the Isles of Scilly each year.
The Lewes Pilot Gig Club is a new venture, offering a welcoming and accessible club for complete beginners to fanatical rowers. For men and women who want to take part in relaxed rowing for fun, who are looking for a natural, exhilarating way to get fit, or who have the ambition to train seriously to competition level. Our aim is to get the people of Lewes out on the water, reviving some of our water-faring heritage, the connection to our landscape and providing a friendly club for people to meet and work together as a real team.
BBC South East did a lovely film on us and our mighty ambitions. Watch it here and whet your Gig Rowing appetite:
"I've rowed for 10 years, to competition level, on the Isles of Scilly and mainland Cornwall. I remember my first paddle out to sea in a pilot gig, thinking, 'this is easy' and my first race at sea 8 months later with my heart pounding. It's the exhilaration of being out there on the water, fighting wind and tide with your team and then going for a drink with everyone afterwards - it's a brilliant atmosphere. I want to share the thrill of rowing and create some of the same atmosphere for the people of Lewes. We have a fantastic river we hardly use. I want to bring people together in an exciting, truly welcoming club. And for those who are up for the challenge, my ambition is to train a team of men and women to competition level and take us to the World Championships."
We have great opportunities for sponsors.
You could support us with equipment, publicity or help us buy our own boat and go to the
World Championships, watched by thousands.
Please contact us if you are interested.
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David Hodgson, CHAIRMAN
Rebecca Jennings, VICE CHAIR
Chris Jennings, TREASURER
Trevor Hayward, CLUB SECRETARY
Nigel Scott, MEMBERSHIP OFFICER
Paul Ransom WELFARE OFFICER
Mark Nightingale, SAFETY OFFICER