Update: Gig Launched, thanks to Emma for these pics.
Pendeen Pilot Gig Club will be launching our new GRP training gig “Pendeen Watch” on Saturday 14th August at Marazion beach at 2.30. The gig was built by Trevor Deakin of St Austell, and has been funded mostly by a Grant from the Cornwall Community Foundation section of Sportrelief. The new gig will be named by the Pendeen Vicar Revd Canon Alan Rowell, and Mrs Sylvia Smith, former Mayor of St Just. Besides club members and friends, the club expects Council representatives and sponsors to be in attendance. The Club wishes to invite anyone interested to attend this function and light refreshments will be provided. We intend to have our first training gig, “Portheras” available to provide plenty of opportunity for guests to have a row or a ride and there will be fun races to which other local clubs have been invited.
The club has been growing in numbers and success and the new training gig will relieve pressure on our racing gig Avarack. Anyone interested in learning to row is welcome to come along.
In the last four years Pendeen Pilot Gig club has been fortunate to obtain two £10k grants for the purchase of GPR Training Gigs. The second of these grants was obtained in May this year for £9,967 and will allow the Club to retain and increase the number of rowers, increase the opportunity and time for all rowers to train, and improve the performance of all our race crews by allowing them to train together more often and for longer. The grant will also enable the purchase of a new gig trailer.
Should the weather cause problems the launch will be moved to Newlyn Harbour Lifeboat Slipway
I’ll send a photo once the gig is launched – you should have a photo attached to our club profile that you put on earlier in the year.