Featured Gig Club :: Mount's Bay Pilot Gig Club

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Club Name: Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club

Clubhouse/Gig Shed location: King’s Road, Marazion, Penzance, Cornwall.

Gigs Currently owned: Cormoran – 2011, Peter Martin, Kensa – 2003, Peter Martin. Taran – 1999, Peter Martin. Breeze (Plastic) – 2002, Trevor Deakin. Lady Sue – 2007, Trevor Deakin. St Aubyn (Plastic) – 2011, Trevor Deakin. MB1 – Flashboat. Bandit – Flashboat.

Gig colours: Black & Yellow, white/varnish inside.

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

Lyonnesse built by Ralph Bird, now privately owned. Sally (Now Jeannie – Teignmouth) was the clubs first gig. Storm (Was then called Amelia Lee for Caradon Gig Club, now owned by Paignton and renamed Storm) built by Peter Martin in 1998 (His first Gig(I think!)).

Number of Club Members: 100

Longest-standing members: Zoe Payne (Vice Chair).

When was the club started?: 1986 along with the formation on the CPGA, Cadgwith Gig Club, Roseland Gig Club & Truro Gig Club.

How has the club progressed since then?: From Last to First. In the early days you could bet on Mount’s Bay finishing last in a race, but in the modern times and new boats, Mount’s Bay Gig Club has won the World, County & Tribute Championships. We currently have 3 wooden racing gigs, 3 plastic training gigs & 2 flashboats.

Best ever results in the Worlds?: 1st (men) – 2008, 2nd (ladies) – 2006


Any other (gig-rowing!) notable achievements?:

  • Second Gig Club to own a plastic gig.
  • Men County champions in 2008.

Any annual events you organise?:

  • Regatta – held in the breath taking location of Marazion under the iconic St Michael’s Mount.
  • Club Dinner (Awards Ceremony and meal).

Do you have a juniors section?: Yes, we were the first gig club to establish a link between gig club and school. Linked with Mount’s Bay School, we have been taking out School Children and distributing gig rowing to the youth community.

How do you select your racing crews?: We have a rowing committee structured with a director of rowing, ladies & men’s reps and ladies & men’s vice reps.

What month do you select your teams for Scilly?: Beginning of the new year Jan/Feb.

Club website address: www.mountsbaygigclub.org

Contact for newcomers: Zoe Payne 01736 367989

Anything else you think we should know about your club?!:

We hold the record for the biggest start boat at our event in June 2010. (I think!) We had an ex trawler turned dive vessel. It visits the bay from time to time in the summer months.

Whats ahead in 2012?: We are hoping to complete a row from Mont Mon Michelle in France to St Michaels Mount in Marazion in June/July.

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