Pilot Pilot Gig Club, Cornwall
Location: Our racing boats are kept and maintained at the Old Blacksmith’s Shed at the Geevor Mine Site in Pendeen and our rowing activities take place from the pontoons in Newlyn Harbour.
Gigs: Avarack, Geevor.
About: Our Club was set up after local youngsters won a fun gig event in 1998, and achieved ‘Lottery’ funding to launch their first, traditionally built, wooden gig in October 2000. Avarack, named after rocks off Pendeen Watch, was built by Andrew Nancarrow at Bissoe, near Truro. We have since acquired further grant funding to buy two GRP (glass-reinforced plastic) training gigs – Portheras in 2007 and Pendeen Watch in 2010. Though there are grants available from time to time, we are essentially self-financing, and as such we supplement our membership and rowing fees with various social, fundraising events, which will always need the support of all members.
On Sunday 9th February 2014 Pendeen Gig club launched their new wooden racing gig “Geevor”, during the day events unfolded around Newlyn harbour before the members paraded the gig through Pendeen village on their way to Geevor mine cafe for refreshments.
For 2015: Pendeen will again be holding its “Plastic Pig World Championships” on Saturday 11 April 2015 at Sandy Cove, Newlyn, starting at 1pm. This event for GRP boats was inaugurated 5 years ago to give clubs a last opportunity to test their crews before the Scillies and at a point when most wooden boats will have gone out to the Islands. There is now a waiting list for entries but any club wishing to add their name to the waiting list please email our Secretary, Geoff Hoather, at GEOFFGOATHERD@aol.com
Colours: Azure blue with yellow below and yellow rubbing strakes