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Welcome to Portishead Pilot Gig Club

Established in 2017, Portishead Pilot Gig Club aims to bring the world of Cornish pilot gig rowing to the North Somerset coastal town of Portishead. The club was set up by a group of friendly experienced rowers, with the mission to introduce the local community to the competitive, social and exciting world of gig rowing.

We row traditional wooden Cornish pilot gigs, 32 feet long, 6 oared rowing boats which were traditionally used for pilotage, harbour work and as lifeboats.

Cornish pilot gig racing is now one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in the south west, with 70 clubs and over 8000 active gig rowers regularly competing and rowing regattas throughout the summer months.