The Club was founded in 2007 by members of Ilfracombe Yacht Club who were inspired by the success of other local Gig Clubs, a well-attended public meeting, and strong drink. Our early motto was, “If they can do it in Appledore, we can do it in Ilfracombe!” We are very grateful to Appledore Pilot Gig Club for the support they have given us over the last five years.
Local support was most generous. Initially we raised enough funds from our community to pay for our wooden gig, Rapparee, completed and delivered in 2008, as well as the trailer, and a set of oars. Grants met the costs of our two GRP boats, Larkstone and Capstone, and other equipment.
The initial programme for setting up the Club was presented as a Community Regeneration Project, and in this respect the Club has been highly successful.