Coronavirus, an update from Active Cornwall



Sarah Harris
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Rob Howlett
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Rowing takes place in a variety of places from inland on rivers and lakes, to the coast in estuaries and on the open sea, with over 550 community clubs in the UK. 

Rowing is a great way to get fit and healthy for peoples of all ages and abilities. Using every part of the body, rowing is said to burn more calories than any other activity, and can be done as part of team or as an individual.

The sport of Rowing has a long and diverse history in Cornwall, and the activity is strongly embedded in the culture of the communities spanning the county's extensive rivers, lakes and coastline. There are 49 clubs in Cornwall, the most of any county outside of London. The majority of these clubs row in traditional Cornish Pilot Gigs. Taken from a traditional design, the gigs that are constructed today follow the original specifications as laid down by the Peters family in the form of the gig 'Treffry' (1838), which is still actively rowed by the
Newquay Rowing Club. They were originally used to take Pilots out to vessels coming off the Atlantic, first crew there got the job. Today the Gig is raced for pleasure, with clubs established all around the coast of Cornwall. In addition there are two clubs in the county catering for those who wish to row in Olympic class sliding seat boats, and a handful rowing traditional Cornish Skiffs and 'Flashboats'.

Perhaps the most recent addition to the diverse rowing activities in the county is 'surf rowing', which is a traditional surf life saving activity.  This is a slightly more extreme version of the sport where boats race out to a buoy and back
on rolling surf.

Racing in the county is administered by four different organisation, The Cornish Pilot Gig Association, the West of England ARA, the Cornish Rowing Association and the UK Surf Rowing League. Rowing events take place almost every weekend from late April through to September. The most eye catching event on the calendar is the World Cornish Pilot Gig championships which take place every
year on the Isles of Scilly, on the first May bank holiday weekend. This event attracts over 100 gigs to the island, with the start line for the first race stretching over a mile across.

Costs to take part in the sport vary, with an annual club subscription ranging from £20 to £150 per year depending on the club. Most clubs will have a reduced rate for junior members and families. Clubs will provide all the equipment you need to take part, and the clothing required is similar to what you would need for most sports.

The majority of clubs will cater for junior members aged 11 upwards, and competition is organised for under 14s and under 16s around the county.

Rowing is one of the UK's most successful ever Olympic sports, and the GB squad are consistently ranked in the top three in the world. The number of active rowing participants has nearly doubled over the last two Olympic cycles. 


Rowing Clubs in Cornwall

Penwith Trelawney; Mousehole; Cape Cornwall; Hayle; Mounts Bay; Pendeen; St Ives; Zennor Kerrier Durgan; Cadgwith; Coverack; Culdrose; Porthleven; Helford; Portreath; Tolcarne Carrick Greenbank Falmouth; Penryn; Falmouth; Devoran; Falmouth Gig; Flushing/Mylor; Roseland; St Agnes; Truro; St Agnes SLSA; Perranporth; Porthtowan Restormel Castle Dore; Charlestown; Fowey; Goran; Mevagissey; Newquay; Par Bay; North Cornwall Boscastle; Bude; Padstow; Port Isaac; Rock; Bude SLSA Caradon Looe; Saltash; Calstock; Polperro; Caradon; Raleigh; Rame

Websites for Gig Rowing Clubs

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