About the club
Steeped in history and naval tradition, Cornish Pilot Gig Racing is a rapidly growing sport that has swept the south coast of England and beyond.
Historically Cornish Pilot Gigs would race out to win the business from visiting tall ships and pilot them into harbour; they were also used as lifeboats with hardy gig crews often being the only assistance available to stricken shipping.
Situated at West Bay on the stunning Jurassic Coast; Bridport Gig Club Ltd (BGC) was founded in 2007 by a group of like-minded individuals with a passion for rowing, community and fitness. After a number of months of fund raising and local promotion the 50 strong members were ready to launch.
Time has moved on since then and Bridport Gig Rowing Club (BGRC) is now a well-established community project. We have approaching 150 members, 1 GRP training gig “Bucky Doo” and two wooden racing gigs “Dagger” and “Blaez”. All are stored in our Boat house situated on Fisherman’s Green in West Bay harbour.
We row all year round with our busiest period being the summer and racing season. During the summer we run 20 plus rowing sessions each week, weather permitting. This is all managed through our website, online booking system and with our dedicated rowing captains.
We are proud of the fact that every boat we launch is crewed by one of our 10 strong highly trained cox team. They are there to keep you safe, guide your row and develop your rowing skill as well as to push you just that little bit harder!
Over the past 3 years we have developed an extensive “Learn to Row” (LTR) program that is designed to take you from total novice to functional club rower. We believe that we are one of the first Gig Rowing Clubs to introduce such a program and we view it as an excellent way for people to “test the water” and see if Gig Rowing is for them. Full details of our LTR program can be found HERE.
Gig Racing is by its nature a highly competitive sport and reflecting this BGC have active squads that span the range of competitive categories the sport provides. During Regatta season you can expect to find us competing at a wide range of venues on the south west coast and of course at the World Pilot Gig Rowing Championships held in the Scilly Isles each year. We are always looking for new talent so if competitive rowing is something you’re interested in get in touch!
At BGC we are proud of our club, boats, community and achievements. The club is run solely by volunteers. There are many ways that you can get involved with us and we are always looking for more help.