Our first boat purchased was a fibreglass training boat which we named Bucky-Doo after the famous square in the centre of the town.
She was launched in May 2010 and made her first appearance in the square to promote the club and the sport. Fibreglass boats cannot be raced, so Bucky-Doo is purely a training boat. She is used every day of the week.
Bucky Doo has introduced many people to gig rowing through our Learn to Row course and has made many appearances at local events such as the Melplash Show, Bridport Carnival, Pirates Day at West Bay, Bridport Hat Festival and Bridport Food Festival. An awful lot of work goes into creating a boat like this and many people don’t realise that it is all done by hand!
Our first wooden racing boat, built by Maurice Hunkin, was launched in April 2011. The building process is a long one but in the end a highly technical, ocean vessel is created! This sunny day was attended by many BGRC members, general public and the Mayor of Bridport.
The Local Vicar blessed the boat and members took her for her first outing on the water, rowing alongside crews from Lyme, Weymouth, Portland, Swanage, Sidmouth and Bristol who all attended the event and showed their support. The name “Dagger” was voted for by the rowing members. The name originates from the hangman’s noose, aka the Bridport Dagger.
Dagger’s racing debut was at the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly in May 2012
The latest addition to the BGRC fleet is BLAEZ. Fully refurbished and ready to race, Blaez was formally known as Wolf and previously owned by Salcombe Gig Club. Blaez is latin for Wolf. She was built in 1997 by Andrew Nancarrow.