New youth crew for rowing club

PUBLISHED: 14:00 17 January 2019

Portishead Pilot Gig Club's new youth crew.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club's new youth crew.

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A community rowing club celebrated the new year by launching its youth crew.

Portishead Pilot Gig Club (PPGC) showed the novice rowers the basics of getting in and out of the gig under the watchful eye of the coxswains.

Cornish pilot gig racing is one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in the South West.

Pilot gigs are 32ft, wooden, six-oared rowing boats, traditionally used for pilotage and as lifeboats.

The Portishead club was set up in 2017 and has swelled to more than 60 members with three pilot gigs.

PPGC would like to thank Portishead Lions for donating £420 for life jackets for the youth crew and The Rowing Foundation for a £2,500 grant for new oars.

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