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New to gig rowing? First time trying your hand at a sport? No need to worry. Novices at HPGC are catered for year-round, and new additions are always welcomed with open arms.

Hayle Pilot Gig Club

About Us

Hayle Pilot Gig Club has around 100 active members of different ages who train and row socially together and compete in a range of events throughout the year.

Members rowing at sea

Club Members

Check out our members’ area for club documents and information. The where, the when, and the who – all in one place!

Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing

A gig boat is a fixed-seat, six-oared wooden boat with a crew of six rowers and a cox. Originally, gigs were working boats taking pilots out to incoming vessels with the first to arrive getting the job. Today, gig boats are used recreationally with over 100 junior, men’s and women’s teams worldwide, predominantly in the southwest.

Clubs row in regattas throughout the year, from local events to the World Pilot Gig Championships in the Isles of Scilly. Hayle Gig Club hosts the Under 14s Championships every summer. The Cornish Pilot Gig Association manages and develops the sport.

Hayle Gig Club row from Hayle Harbour which provides a safe rowing environment in most weathers, allowing us to row all year round. In the summer months, we often train in Mounts Bay to experience training in different waters. We have two plastic training boats and two traditional wooden racing gigs, allowing multiple crews to row together.

Hayle Gig Club’s members are friendly and welcoming. Whether you have rowed before or are a complete novice, you can join us for a free taster session to try gig rowing for yourself.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors who help us to keep the club going. More information on sponsorship opportunities.