We are very closely following developments and guidance relating to COVID-19, from both the Government and the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, the governing body of pilot gig rowing.


On 16th March, the CPGA advised the suspension of all gig rowing activity, at all levels. As a result, we have suspended all training and competing, both indoors and on the water, until we are advised otherwise. We have cancelled our own regatta due to take place this summer and have also cancelled our taster sessions.


Sadly, this means that we are unable to take on any new members for the foreseeable future.

Please watch this space for news on when we will be back!

Stay safe.




We are a traditional pilot gig rowing club based in Ilfracombe Harbour.

Formed in 2007, we are a very active club with nearly 100 members and  four boats. Lantern and Capstone are our fibre glass training boats and we have two wooden boats, replicas of the pilot boats and lifeboats used on our coast 200 years ago, Rapparee and Rogue.



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. We also have a very active recreational squad.

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  • Thanks are due to our supporters:

  • Brewer, Harding and Rowe Solicitors
  • Wicked Wolf Gin
  • Filers Travel
    John Fowler Hoidays
  • The Carlton Hotel
  • CES Egineering
  • Dartington Crystal

  • Have a look at our page of supporters


Can you help?


We welcome any and all donations - no matter how large or small - to help support

the Gig Club.



Many thanks!