Established in 2007, Bristol Pilot Gig Club boasts competitive crews at all levels (youth, seniors and veterans), as well as introducing new members who may never have rowed before. We race from May to September, all along the West Country coast, and as far afield as London, Ireland and Holland.

A Cornish Pilot Gig is a 6 oared wooden rowing boat. Traditionally gigs were used 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.

Bristol Harbourside Festival 2016

Once again Bristol Gig Club will be taking part in the annual Bristol Harbourside Festival. Over the 16th & 17th July we’ll be offering Have A Go sessions, rowing displays, raffle and info on the club and the history of Pilot Gigs.

Come and see us on the stall by The Ostrich pub, opposite The Thekla. Everyone welcome!


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Fancy giving it a go?

If you’d like to trying rowing, but aren’t entirely sure if it’s for you, then we offer the chance to have 3 Free Rows with the club. During these sessions you’ll be introduced to the sport, the boats and some of the techniques that you’ll need. It’s a friendly, informal way to get started and gives you the chance to get out on the water.

Learn More and get in touch if you’d like to have a go.


Harbourside Challenge

Get your team together and get out on the water! Whether it’s your workmates or a group of friends, you and your crew can get some intense training from an experienced Club Cox, culminating with a sprint race. Will you get the fastest time and walk away with the Harbourside Challenge trophy?

Click HERE for more details.

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