About our Club


Now in our twelfth year, we have approaching a hundred members and can be seen in the Harbour nearly every day of the week during the summer rowing season.


Since 2015, we have been registered as a company limited by guarantee and we are run by a committee of 12 volunteers. We have three lively competitive squads - men's, ladies' and juniors' and a growing group of people who row recreationally. 


The beginnings

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 a few pints. 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 gave us in those initial years.


Local support was incredibly generous. Initially we raised enough funds from our community to pay for our first 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 fibreglass boats, Lantern and Capstone, and other equipment.


We continue to rely heavily on the support of the local comunity to enable to maintain the presence of pilot gigs in Ilfracombe Harbour.


Please see our sponsorship page for some examples of the local companies who have supported us recently.





The 2018/2019 Committee


Mandy Turner: Chair

Susan Stokes: Secretary

Gudrun Limbrick: Treasurer

Sue South: Membership Secretary

Bob Thompson: Safety Officer

Sandy Hanson: Welfare Officer

Chris Crow: Bosun
Jane Bridges: Social Officer

David Holby: Recreational Rowers Rep


David Waters: Junior Squad Co-ordinator
Stuart Dagley: Men's Captain

Karis Frost: Women's Captain


To message any of the committee, please contact us.

Future Plans


We are eagerly anticipating news about the long-awaited new Water Sports Centre in Ilfracombe. When this is completed, we will have a new home for us and our boats.


This spring we are hoping to change the legal structure of the Club to a CIO - a charitable incorporated organisation - which will give us all the advantages of being a charity without losing the protection afforded us by being a limited company.