We’ve got some exciting news to share with you lovely people.
Thanks to the Cornish Pilot Gig Association, British Rowing and St. Austell Brewery – we’ve been granted a loan gig for a year as part of the initiative – Club in a Box.
The Club in a Box program is designed to get new gig rowing clubs up and running by lending us GRP training gigs (Glass Reinforced Plastic) and other essential rowing equipment.
Pete Chalkley, London Cornish Pilot Gig Club Chair said: “This a real boost for Cornish Pilot Gig rowing in London, taking what is already a fast growing sport to a potentially massive new audience. Gigs are safe and sturdy and great for trying out rowing and a different kind of exercise. With this new gig we can provide the chance for lots more people to give it go and also help rowers who want to race access the growing opportunities to do that around the London area. We’re incredibly grateful for the support of the CPGA and all the partners involved that have made this possible.”
At a special launch at Rossiters Quay in Christchurch, the very first GRP Club in a Box gig, the Seven Stars – named after the very first St Austell Brewery pub which opened its doors back in 1863 – was handed over to the CPGA Chairman Shane Sullivan by builders Rossiters Yachts Ltd, in the presence of many of the gig rowing fraternity and those who have supported the new program from the outset, including Plymouth Towbar and Trailers, Kernow Boats, MRD Gig Covers, Gigass Cushions and Sutton Oarmakers.
We’ll be launching Seven Stars at an event soon, so keep your eyes peeled.