Gig rowing is the fastest growing sport in the South West. It keeps you active and is hugely sociable. It involves men and women, girls and boys from the very young to the very old. In no other sport can you have a team made up of 12 year old kids and grey haired oldies competing in the same crew at the same time! It is tremendous fun.
Having said that, it can be hugely competitive. If winning is what you like, then a little hard work can get you anywhere. Our top Ladies’, Men’s and Veteran’s crews all lie in the top ten in the world! We take our rowing very seriously and look forward to getting even higher up the ranks. Perhaps you are the rower that can help get us there!
Rowing can also be a great sport for anyone who just wants to get out and enjoy the water, and take a bit of exercise. Helford Gig Club has a lot of members for whom this is their primary focus.
If you want to have a go, please get in touch by email at email@example.com
Rowing works nearly all the muscles in your body so it is a very efficient work-out; It can be one of the most physically demanding sports… if that’s what you want out of it!
If you decide to take up rowing competitively you might want to know the types of training that you will be doing to make you strong, get you fit and prevent injury, under the guidance of your coach.
Rowers generally do a combination of land and water training. Land training could include anything from sessions on the indoor rowing machines to circuit training (sometimes using weights depending on your experience) and core stability. Benefits include improvement of strength and endurance and preparation for your water sessions.
Water sessions might cover technical skills and drills or rowing for extended periods of time, again depending on your level of ability.
Aside from feeling good in yourself there is plenty of scientific evidence demonstrating that regular physical exercise lowers the risk of many diseases and improves your health. Benefits to your health have been shown to come from as little as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week, so why not improve your health whilst doing something you will love?
Regular rowing is split into the following sessions with the gigs available to be booked via the Slots Coordinator:
Allcomers: Sunday mornings at 10:00 from Ferryboat beach; contact Carole Lawrence on firstname.lastname@example.org After three sessions you are asked to register with the membership secretary and join.
Open sessions: rowing open to all within the club and often organised as Ladies or Men’s rowing.
Coaching sessions: these aim to improve the skills of rowers or coxes and tend to be organised in the summer months.
Junior sessions: rowing takes place on a Thursday from 4pm to 6pm from April until October assuming the sea and wind conditions allow. Contact Sara Gadd: email@example.com for further information.
Leisurely sessions: regular crews who love being on the water, rowing and having a sociable time.
Training sessions: regular crews who want to improve but have no race pending.
Race training sessions: selected crews for upcoming races.