Gig club gets £10k grant

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 January 2012

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club members with their boat Watch and Pray.

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club members with their boat Watch and Pray.


AN EVER-GROWING water sports club in Clevedon has been given a £10,000 grant toward a second vessel.

Clevedon Pilot Gig Club has been awarded the money by Sport England to help fund the purchase of a second six man rowing boat known as a gig.

The club was set up in 2009 and a fundraising campaign enabled the first gig, named Watch and Pray, to be launched in March 2011.

The growing membership of the club means it now needs a second vessel, which will come in the form of an ex-World Championship gig from Cornwall.

This is the second grant the club has received from Sport England, recognising the growth in the sport of gig rowing in North Somerset.

Club chairman Andrew Brown said: “We are continually being contacted by a wide range of people, teenagers to pensioners, all wanting to get involved and what is particularly interesting is the ladies are beginning to outnumber the men.”

In its first year, Clevedon Pilot Gig Club took part in the World Championships in the Scilly Isles and regattas at Ilfracombe, Lyme Regis, Appledore, Teignmouth and Newquay.

Watch and Pray will be rowed back to Clevedon from its winter quarters in Bristol Harbour in March. It is then hoped both boats will attend the World Championships in May.

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