Looe Rowing Club is to get a new gig thanks to the generosity of a local family.
The club has been striving for a new Cornish pilot gig but was struggling to get £25,000 together to cover the costs. SITA Cornwall Trust Ltd put forward some funding but was not able to cover the full amount. But when local couple Jim and Sally Rothwell heard of the funding shortfall, they stepped in and donated the final, undisclosed amount needed.
Club secretary Mike White said: “The Rothwell family have been an integral part of the club for many years with all four of their children, James, Joe, Nathaniel and Charis rowing flashboats before progressing onto gigs. Their three sons formed part of the men’s A crew which recorded its most successful result yet at the Newquay County Championships in September 2009, finishing fifth overall.
“The club has gone from strength to strength in the last year and we hope the new gig will boost this even further.”
The gig will be built in the town by local gig builder Dave Currah. It will be the club’s fourth boat as it already has two wooden gigs and a fibreglass training boat. The club had a whirlwind 2009 season. Membership doubled and a purpose-built boathouse was opened on the seafront in East Looe. It was also voted club of the year by Cornwall residents in the Cornwall Sports Partnership sports awards. And on Sunday, the club received the Cornish Pilot Gig Association’s chairman’s trophy to mark its successful year. An indoor rowing club has also been set up at Looe Community School with the help of British rowing coach Rhiannon Halliday and has enjoyed great success.
Article from the Western Morning News.