A New Cornish Pilot Gig for Coverack Gig Club

As Coverack Gig Club attracts new members and increases in size a new boat is required so that everyone has an opportunity to row regularly.

We did it!

On 14th Nov 2016 we successfully raised £2,500 with 63 supporters in 28 days

Who are we? 

Coverack Gig Club is a small but growing gig rowing club for people of all ages in and around the villages of Coverack and St Keverne.  Gig rowing is a form of fixed seat rowing using Cornish Pilot Gigs of 32 feet in length with a crew of six rowers and a coxswain.  It is a sport that is increasing in popularity with more clubs being formed every year.

Coverack Gig Club is a friendly and welcoming club with a mixture of people from Juniors (10 to 16 years) through to Super Vets (over 50 years). Everyone gets on, tries their best for the club and is proud of it's achievements.  The club is a real plus for the local community as it gives a focus for both young and old alike, bringing a large cross-section of people together.

Coverack Gig Club has enjoyed considerable success in the two main events of the gig rowing calendar, the World Championships and the Newquay County Championships.  Our mens A crew came seventh in the Newquay County Championships in 2015,  and they finished the season by winning the Tribute Series of Gig Races where points are awarded for finishing positions in a number of big summer events. In 2016 they reached the final twelve out of 164 in the World Championships held on St Mary's Isles of Scilly. Our juniors, the future of the club, have also achieved great success, the under 14's being crowned county champions in 2014 and 2015, and the under 16's recently became county champions for 2016.

What is our project?

Put simply, the club needs a new wooden Cornish Pilot Gig.  We currently have two much loved gigs, 11 and 16 years old.

Gig rowing is one of the very few opportunities for young people in the locality to engage in competitive sport and this combined with the success of the club's junior crews has meant that increasing numbers of young people are joining the club.  New adult members are also joining which has meant that a new gig is required so that everyone has an opportunity to row regularly.

A new wooden gig costs £23,000 and is built by specialist craftsmen using traditional tools and materials.  So far the club has raised or secured funding of £18,000. The new gig should be ready around February 2017 and so the club is going all out to secure the remaining funding.  We take pride in our club and are excited about its future.  That is why we are asking for your help.  Please be kind enough to make a donation.

What will the project achieve?

A new wooden gig will have a number of benefits:

- it will  facilitate the expansion of the club and ensure that there will always be opportunities for people to row, both in training and racing,

- it will allow additional crews to be fielded at events where every crew requires their own boat.  So more people can experience racing,

- it will accommodate the junior rowers as they enter the adult section without the older rowers being displaced from the crews,

- it will mean that more rowers can be accommodated within the club and will ensure the competitiveness of the club for years to come,

- it will provide a great boost to morale for the club in that its members have really pulled together to fund a new gig,

- it will free up one of the existing wooden gigs for training so allowing more 'boat time',

- it will ease the wear and tear on the existing gigs, keeping them in good condition and prolonging their lives.

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