New Gig Club Gets Underway!

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Hampshire’s first Cornish Pilot Gig club, “Langstone Cutters Gig Club” was launched on New Year’s Day in glorious sunshine!

In order to mark the inauguration of the first Cornish Pilot Gig Club in Hampshire, the Langstone Cutters took the opportunity to rename the two boats purchased during the winter from the Charlestown and St Ives Clubs in Cornwall.

The gigs were renamed with due ceremony, with the old names being ‘drowned’ in the deeps; before the unveiling of the new: Spirit of Langstone and Heart of Hayling. Appropriate libations were poured for the gods of wind and water then everyone got a chance to row the new boats – so popular was the event that old . Neptune himself, appeared to cast his blessings upon the boats and crews. . The Gig Club is being developed by a very enthusiastic group of individuals all based in the local community and with a history of success in developing the Langstone Cutters Rowing Club into one of the most well-known traditional rowing clubs in the South.

The new Gig Club, initially sponsored by Langstone Adventure Rowing, will operate from the Northney Marina, Hayling Island and will encourage the formation and development of male, female and mixed rowing crews of all ages and abilities, all of whom will receive qualified coaching and assistance appropriate to their level of ability and aspirations. As a club we aim to foster a spirit of openness, fairness, friendship and inclusiveness where all members’ aspirations are catered for whether this be for rowing, fitness or competition.

The club aims to compete in the World Gig Rowing Championships to be held in the Isles of Scilly in May this year.

For a membership pack and prospectus contact; for information about the club rowing call Shelley Cook on 07803 000745 or Mike Gilbert 07767 350512 for information; visit For information on Langstone Adventure Rowing visit

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