Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club needs your support to secure vital funding for a new home.
24th October 2017 Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club, a charitable incorporated organisation created to give the opportunity for all in the Barnstaple area to take part in the rapidly growing sport of Pilot Gig Boat rowing, and to enjoy the undoubted health benefits of rowing, is calling for the support of the local community to help win funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2016.
Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club (BPGC) is relying on votes to increase their chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which they hope will make a major contribution towards the purchase of a permanent base to house the boats and associated equipment, provide a gymnasium area for rowing-machine practise, plus a meeting room and toilets, all of which could become a shared water-sports centre for Barnstaple. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.
BPGC was formed in 2010 when a small group of rowers decided that it was high time that Barnstaple should have its own Pilot Gig Boat Club. Right from day 1 the whole ethos of the Club has been that it should be inclusive of all, it holds regular free ‘taster’ sessions on the River Taw for anyone interested in taking up rowing, it has a Junior section for under-14s and under-16s, a social section for anyone who just wants to enjoy rowing on the river, and competitive Men and Ladies sections for racing rowers, Veteran rowers (over 40 years old) and Super veteran rowers (over 50 years old). Barnstaple is now represented at the World Pilot Gig Championships held in the Scilly Isles every year and at many Pilot Gig Boat regattas around the South West peninsular. The BPGC Sprint regatta on the River Taw has now become a regular fixture enjoyed by other clubs in North Devon and beyond.
The Club has created a special community of close friends in Barnstaple who all enjoy the camaraderie within the Club that is shared with other clubs in North Devon and the Gig Boat community across the South West.
David Dixon, vice-chairman of Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club says: “My working career took me away from home for most of my working life, so when I retired I was not part of the local community and found it difficult to meet new friends. Then I joined the gig club, whose members made me very welcome and gave me the opportunity to learn how to row properly. Gig boat rowing is one of the few sports that you can take up after the age of 60 and become reasonably good at; I believe that I am fitter now (aged 67) than I was ten years ago. Earlier this year I was part of a Super veteran crew at the World Championships that came 9th out of 36 crews in our category (unfortunately we were disqualified for being half-a-metre over the start line on a course more than 2000 metres long!)”.
To get behind Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club and help make a difference in your local community, visit https://community-fund.aviva.
co.uk/voting/project/view/17- 1652 and submit your vote before 18 November 2016.
For more information on Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club, visit http://barnstaplepilotgigclub.
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