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 also have crews that just want to row for fun and the social side, and not competitively. 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 oared, wooden 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.