About IPGC


Ilfracombe Pilot Gig Club was formed in 2007. We have four boats, including two fibreglass boats called Lantern and Capstone which are mainly used for training. Our first traditional wooden gig Rapparee was delivered during the summer of 2008. Our second wooden gig is called Rogue.



Our wooden boats are replicas of the pilot boats and lifeboats which were used on our coast 200 years ago.


The Club now has nearly 100 members and we can regularly be seen training from Ilfracombe Harbour or setting off on recreational rows along our beautiful coastline. We have three competitive squads - men's, women's and juniors' - and travel throughout the South West competing against other gig clubs.





It is time to join the Gig Club for this coming rowing season. When you join, you will be sent a password to give you access to the Members' Only section of the website. 

Click here to join!




Our men's and women's competitive crews are currently training for the world championships in the Scilly Isles in May. The weather and water conditions have kept us training indoors for much of the time but we are hopeful that the lighter evenings will mean that we can be on the water very soon!




Proper Job!



Winter maintenance has been completed on all four boats! This has been our biggest maintenance season ever. See more ...



Saltash Action



We had a men's and a women's crew at the Three Rivers race in March. Well done to all involved!




Focus on IPGC



The March issue of Ilfracombe Focus magazine has a page on the Club. Pick up your free copy in shops and pubs. 




Another crazy wildlife sighting!



 We get to see all sorts of wildlife from the gigs. This time, we were just trying to check the moorings when we found this fella. See more...




Save the date!




After last year's

sun-drenched, highly competitive extravaganza, planning for this year's Ilfracombe Regatta is already well under way! See more...


  • Thanks are due to our sponsors:

  • Brewer, Harding and Rowe Solicitors
  • Wicked Wolf Gin
  • Filers Travel
  • The Carlton Hotel
  • Ilfracombe Town Council
  • North Devon Council
  • Dartington Crystal

  • Have a look at our page of sponsors