Featured Club :: Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club

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Club Name: Flushing & Mylor Pilot Gig Club.

Clubhouse/Gig Shed location: Nr Kiln Quay, Flushing, Cornwall.

Gigs currently in use: Penarrow, Pinnacle, Zawn

Gig colours: Deep red / White / Varnished top plank.

Dates they were built and builders:
Penarrow – Andrew Nancarrow 2006
Pinnacle – Andrew Nancarrow 2003
Zawn –

Any other history about the boats (other clubs owned, etc.)?:

Penarrow has always been owned by FMPGC. Name taken from the headland between Flushing and Mylor. Name translates to “The point of the dead”.

Pinnacle originally owned by Swanage Sea Rowing Club, named after the rock in in Swanage.

Number of Club Members: 140 (2009)

Longest-standing members: Many existing members have been with the club since the start.

When was the club started?: 2004

How has the club progressed since then?: Bigger and better each year. As with any club things go in cycles and there are up’s and down’s. However the past 24 months has seen excellent progress and an influx of superb members.

Best ever results in the Worlds?: Ladies A 2nd 2016. Men’s A 7th in 2013. 2nd in Men’s Vets 2013 and 2014.

Any other (gig-rowing!) notable achievements?: 3rd in Ladies County Champs in 2015. Ladies 2nd at 3 Rivers 2016. Won MPM event in 2007, most improved crew shield 2007. Shortlisted CPGA Chairman’s Cup 2009. Won “Spirit of MPM” in 2006.

Any annual events you organise?: We have a beach “fun day” as part of Flushing regatta week in July. In 2010 we are co-hosting a major event in Falmouth harbour in conjunction with Falmouth Gig Club and www.GigRower.co.uk

Do you have a juniors section?: Yes, very busy! 26 at the last count.

Availability, capability, fitness, attitude.

What month do you select your teams for Scilly?: Dec/Jan

Club website address: www.fmpgc.org

Flushing & Mylor Supervets 2010Contact for newcomers: newcomers@fmpgc.org

Anything else you think we should know about your club?!: We’re home to CRA president and fixed seat rowing legend Penny Chuter OBE. She moved to Mylor to “take it easy”- you can guess how that turned out! Also, we have what is probably the crew with the oldest average age currently racing on the circuit – the (in)famous FMPGC Supervets – in addition to thriving men’s and ladies sections. This year (2010) we had 13 crews taking part at the World Championships. An interview with Penny was recorded in October 2017 – where she spends a portion of the interview discussing technique in gig rowing – including the use of overhand grip which she advocates and is taught to all new rowers at FMPGC. To view the video click here 

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