Just two years after it launched its first gig, the Fury, the London Cornish Pilot Gig Club is launching an appeal to help secure its first club house. The club is looking for donations to help it refit and fund the facility on the Thames in Richmond.
The 50-foot brick arch is located just next to the workshops of Cornish boat builders Patrick Brid and Mark Edwards. The club is looking to install racks for equipment, bathroom facilities, rowing machines, a kitchen and seating.
Pete Chalkley, the London Cornish Pilot Gig Club (LCPGC) chair, said:
“We’re still a new club and getting a club house is a great step forward giving us a place to keep our equipment and a proper home. We’re very grateful for the help we’ve received in bringing Cornish Pilot Gig rowing to London. The spirit of the gig rowing community really is something else.”
The club now has more than 100 members (a mix of those with Cornish connections and those who just wanted to try out gig rowing) and is open to new joiners. Rowing sessions take place in both Richmond in west London and at the Royal Albert Dock in east London. There will be an official opening of the new club house later in the year.
The club is in the process of establishing itself with charitable status.