As part of our on-going monthly features, this month we take a look at Poole Gig Rowing Club.
Poole Gig Rowing Club is based in the beautiful Poole Harbour, Dorset, which offers a wide range of place to row and in a relatively safe location for being on the water. There is lots of history within the harbour and the quay area. There is also an abundance of wildlife (birds and marine life) that visits the harbour throughout the year.
Poole Gig Rowing Club is growing fast and attracting lots of new members. The club has grown in terms of assets and the number of days a week the club rows. We are also fortunate enough too able to row at night with the safety of significant lighting and cameras based around the quay area. Our membership has grown year on year with interest and links with other water based clubs within the harbour. We are now an active member of the Jurassic League formed of many gig clubs along the south coast through Devon, Dorset and Hampshire. We also run many social rowing events around the harbour for all ages and abilities, with over 1000 different people rowing in the gigs since the clubs creation.
Our first gig was Arry Paye, which is a fibreglass gig and was built in St.Austell early in 2010, she was named after the infamous pirate of Poole. She was built in preparation for a charity row from Penzance to Poole with a mixed crew from Poole and Swanage Sea Rowing Club. Arry Paye was jointly paid for by Poole and Swanage Sea Rowing Club with the charity row in mind. In June 2012 Arry Paye (crewed by the Pirates of Poole & SSRC) took part in the Royal Jubilee Pagent on the Thames along with three gigs from Swanage to celebrate the queens golden jubilee.
Since then the club has bought another GRP Gig called ‘Robbie Paye’ and a wooden gig called ‘Isabelle’. Robbie Paye was the brother of the famous pirate Arry Paye and Isabelle was the name of both Arry’s wife & mistress. So we have maintained links with the local communities around the harbour.
The club participate in local carnivals, Trafalgar Day events and fund raising as part of the local community. This involvement has raised a lot of money over the years for local charities and has been fun for both the club and the community.
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