Cornish pilot gig sprint races

Knockout sprint races

Hosted by Mount's Bay Gig Club


This year’s gig racing at the festival will make a break from tradition. In the past, after the parade of gigs the main race would take place out side the harbour in Mount’s Bay.  This year – å la Olympics – the competition will be a series of knockout sprints from one end of the harbour to the other – the finish line will be in front of the fish market so be sure to cheer your favourite gig along!

Parade of Gigs – 1200 hrs

Start of Race – 1215 hrs


Course: Inner Harbour Sprints.

Start line at the south end of the inner harbour and finish line at the north end of the harbour in front of Fish Market. This will be a knockout event racing head to head. All crews will get a minimum of two races. 

Presentation to Winning Crew – 1330 hrs approx – in front of the harbour offices by the main entrance.

Any queries, please contact Ryan Watts (07545812415) or email


About Mount’s Bay Gig Club:

Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club has been established since 1986 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Often being the the lead club in finding new ideas and techniques we have always had drive and motivation to excel in rowing. We offer rowing to all ages, abilities, genders, shapes and sizes. Whether you would just like to come down and have a row of a morn and enjoy the stunning scenery on offer in Mount’s Bay itself, or if the competitive side in you shows it colours, you can work your way up the crews and race at World Championship level! Many people enjoy Gig Rowing simply because of the wide range of events on offer. Gig Rowing is more a way of life than a past time, along your journey of Gig Rowing you can learn basic seamanship skills, coaching skills, conditioning tips, equipment history & maintenance and having a good laugh with friends Gig Rowing style!

Do you want to get involved with the club?

Whether you simply want to come down and learn to row, or come down and improve your fitness, Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club can offer you just what you need.

Rowing is currently at 10:00hrs on Sunday mornings at the main gig shed (weather permitting), please contact Zoe Payne for more details (available on the contact page).

Membership Types

Single member (adult) :: £80 p.a

Family (2 adults and a minimum of one under 16) :: £160 p.a

Junior member (year 11 or below) :: £35 p.a

Student/unemployed :: £50p.a

Novice member (first year of rowing) :: £40 p.a

Social member (non racing) :: £50 p.a

Life member :: £405

plus there is a £2 racing fee to cover towing fuel to and from events, only payable if racing on the day of the event.

If you are unsure which category you feel you are, then please contact the membership secretary on the contact page and they will assist you in becoming a member of Mount’s Bay Pilot Gig Club. Membership forms must be submitted with payment and given to the membership secretary, please find the forms on the downloads page. The form can also be emailed to