Established in 2007, Bristol Pilot Gig Club boasts competitive crews at all levels (men, ladies and veterans), as well as introducing new members who may never have rowed before. We race from May to September, all along the Westcountry coast, and even as far afield as London, Ireland and Holland!
A Cornish Pilot Gig is a 6 person (and one cox) rowing boat. Traditionally gigs were rowed along the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a way of getting a pilot with local knowledge of the waters to large sailing ships so that they could navigate them safely into land. The first pilot to the ship would gain the much needed commission, and so these boats were built to be fast! The sport of gig racing began officially in Newquay in 1921.
Ever fancied giving rowing a go?
New members are always welcome to join the club. We understand that if you've never rowed before then it all might seem a bit daunting, but don't worry!
We offer your first 3 sessions absolutely free, so you can come along and see if it's right for you.
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Club Christmas Drinks
It's that time of year again! The Club invites all members along to a festive tipple at No.1 Harbourside
20th December 2013
If coming along please add your name to the calendar.
The 24th World Pilot Gig Championships took place on the Isles of Scilly from Friday, 3 May until Monday, 6 May 2013. With a record number of Bristol crews taking part in the Men's and Women's Vets and the Men's and Women's races, it made it a truly exceptional weekend for Bristol Gig Club.
An extra special mention for our Women's A and Men's B crew who came 1st in their heats.
BPGC would like to thank everyone that helped make it possible for us to be there so whether you rowed, towed, organised boats, kit, crews or just came along to support us - THANK YOU!!!
To read the full regatta report click here
To sign up for training sessions, use this link to log onto our Google Calendar site... GOOGLE CALENDAR