Sidmouth Gig Club keen to recruit new members

The Sidmouth gig boat at sea

The Sidmouth gig boat at sea - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Gig Racing Club was founded five years ago and has around 40 members who enjoy rowing on the sea off Sidmouth, and taking part in regattas during the summer months, writes Nick Thompson.

Not surprisingly quite a lot of our members are over 50’s who count as ‘SuperVets’ in the sport. The annual SuperVet championship took place in Appledore, North Devon, last weekend, and Sidmouth entered one Ladies’ team, and two Men’s teams.

Our Ladies’ did well to make the semi finals; both men’s crews rowed hard and well but didn’t make the cut this time. We all had a good time and were definitely the star disco-dancers at the evening social!

Ladies’ and Men’s crews will be travelling to the Scilly Isles at the end of April to take part in the World Championship. They will be using their beautiful wooden gig boat named Keith Owen.

The club is looking for new members, male or female, 18 or over. During the summer months we row from Sidmouth beach on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and also on Sunday mornings. We are hoping to recruit more members; if you’d like to find out more or to have a trial row, please call Colin on 01395 516532 or email

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