Gig for Hire at Great River Race

Lead your team to glory in London’s River Marathon….

Enjoy a challenge? Like to throw yourself headlong into adventure? Well then, you’re in the right place!

The Great River Race, London’s ‘River Marathon’ celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary this year.

Cornish Pilot Gigs have been associated with the event since its inception, and to celebrate this, we’ve made one of our very own gigs available for an intrepid team.  You’ll need a crew of 7 (six rowers and one passenger).

Never Rowed a day in your life?  Don’t worry, whether you’re an experienced rower or a complete novice, we’ll provide expert coaching beforehand and coxing on the day, along with entry to one of the best afterparties on the Thames for your and your family and friends.

The Great River Race brings over 300 crews from all over the world to London, and attracts everyone from competitive athletes, to novices and crews vying for the coveted fancy dress prize.  The course is 21.6 miles with the tide. Whether you’re aiming for a fast time, or a good time – we’ve got everything you’ll need to succeed.

Our fee will cover all coaching and coxing, boat hire, towing and registration.  Not only will you be joining an extraordinary cohort of rowers, you will also be supporting London’s only Pilot Gig Rowing Club, helping us to welcome new members .


“The Great River Race is definitely one for the bucket list…. Rowing through Central London is one of the most wonderful experiences.  The atmosphere is electric and the sense of achievement at the finish line is unparalleled, not to mention the afterparty!”

“……. The coaching and coxing London Cornish Pilot Gig Club provide is excellent, I came to them a novice, and left a rower” Naomi

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