About Helford River Gig Club
Helford River Gig Club (HRGC) was formed in 1993 to provide gig rowing, a fun, sociable and exhilarating sport, to everyone in the local community. We welcome prospective members regardless of gender, ability and ethnicity, we actively encourage novice rowers, and offer opportunities for both recreational and competitive rowing. The club promotes health and fitness through the sport of pilot gig rowing. The club is a full member of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA).
We are immensely lucky in having a stunning river on which to row; providing us with an almost everyday opportunity for launching, rowing and recovery.
Helford River Gig Club is a voluntary organisation run by and for its membership. An elected committee run the operations of the club. The membership fees and additional fund raising cover: boats, equipment, maintenance, insurance etc.
Our clubhouse is in Gweek and has two large function rooms, a gym including free weights, 6 x Concept-2 rowing machines and a cross trainer, a bar, a fully equipped kitchen, a boat shed, a boat container, ample parking, and a large field. The gym can be used by club members and available slots can viewed on the web site or booked via the Slots Coordinator. The clubhouse can be hired for an event and has been used for meetings, weddings and school events. Please contact our Events Coordinator for details. The full address of the clubhouse is: Chapel Hill, Gweek, Helston, TR12 7AE.
Our rowing takes place on the beautiful Helford River generally between the mouth of the river and Tremaine Quay and including the creeks that run off the main river. The boats are beached on Pedn Billy which is owned by Nigel and Tom Bligh, who kindly allow us to store two gigs for easy access to the water. This exceptional concession allows us to row throughout the year without the need to tow and launch so please respect the beach and tranquillity of Pedn Billy.
We share Urschela’s Shed on Ferryboat Beach with Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust (HRCST). The shed has storage for safety equipment (VHF Radios, Lifejackets, First Aid Kits) and for oars, as well as two changing rooms. HRCST use the shed as a base, for children changing and for storage of safety equipment.