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New Coverack pilot gig provides rowing opportunities for all ages

3 May 2017

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Pilot Gig rowing continues to grow in popularity and a grant from The Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund has enabled Coverack Gig Club to buy a new gig to meet increasing demand for rowing from its growing membership.  Beverley Clark, Club Secretary, says,  “We have already seen a significant increase in the numbers of people in the local community participating in gig rowing and have an increased membership, particularly in the Junior and Veterans sections.”  Coverack Gig Club aims to offer people of all ages the opportunity to row a traditional Cornish Pilot Gig, both socially and competitively.

The Goonhilly Wind Farm Community Fund awarded £5000 to the Club towards the purchase of a new Cornish Pilot Gig, a traditional wooden working boat made of elm.  The grant has enabled the club to field two more adult crews (12 additional rowers) and, also to accommodate an increase in Junior (under 16) rowers.  It has also allowed more of those Juniors, who are graduating into the adult section to stay active in the club and accommodated the older members who may have struggled to remain competitive when upcoming juniors fill available seats in the crews.

Committee Member, Helen McCabe comments,  “It is great that our club is growing and that more local people are taking part in a great sport, and one that also has strong ties to the Cornish past. However, our numbers have increased such that, without our new gig, some of us (mainly the older ones) would not have been able to row for our club in the world pilot gig championships this year.  We are proud of our club and our boats: Our new gig is an important addition, enabling all members, young and not-so-young alike, to compete as part of our club.”