Portreath Pilot Gig Rowing Club

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Welcome to Portreath Pilot Gig Rowing Clubs Web Site

We row from Portreath Harbour which is a coastal port on the beautiful North Coast of Cornwall


Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing History

The Cornish pilot gig is a six-oared rowing boat, built of Cornish narrow leaf elm, 32 feet long with a beam of four feet ten inches. It is recognised as one of the first shore based lifeboats that went to vessels in distress, with recorded rescues going back as far as the late 17th century.

The original purpose of the Cornish pilot gig was as a general work boat, used to take pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic. They would guide the boats safely into port. In those days the race would be to get a pilot on board a vessel first – those that reached the ship first got the job, and hence the payment.


Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the southwest, its a very inclusive sport and provides sporting activity for people of all abilities.  We are committed to ensuring that all rowers are as safe on the sea as possible so lifejackets and other safety equipment is available

We also have two Level 2 Coaches who have undertaken a British Rowing Association qualification.

We are a friendly club and welcome new rowers as well as seasoned rowers please give us a call to find out when we are next out.


[email protected] or contact our secretary on 07970060246


This web site is currently being updated so more details will be available very soon.

We are a member of the Harbour Association at Portreath 

We are very grateful to Clem and Helen for allowing us to use the Waterfront Inn as our base and for all the support they have given us to progress the formation of this club

Special thanks as well to the community of Portreath for their on going support and fantastic enthusiasm !!!!







We are currently fund raising for a set of new oars.










Next away event is Cape Cornwall Event on the 13th September at Sennen Cove please see calendar for more details



Enter our competition to Name the Gig £2.00 per entry at Waterfront Inn THIS HAS NOW CLOSED WE CHOSE "AMY SHAW "

We will be holding taster sessions throughout August and September please keep looking for more details on this page  Every training session is an opportunity for you to come along and have a row Life Jackets are available and all care will be taken to ensure you have a safe row on the water.