What’s a gig?
[CPGA excerpt] : 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. Over 200 years ago William Peters working in his yard at Polvarth, St. Mawes, Cornwall would have probably given little thought to the future of his craft. But for us today they are an historical asset, a testament to the skill of the Peters family. Built from narrow leaf (ideally) Cornish elm and inspected at least three times during their build by the Association Standards Officer, the modern gig is a speedy and seaworthy craft.
- Pinnacle (2003)Swanage gig club.F&MPGC was formed and a consortium was established to purchase “Pinnacle”. She is on permanent loan to F&MPGC. Pinnacle was built by Andrew Nancarrow.
- Penarrow (2006)
“Penarrow”, again built by Andrew Nancarrow is our primary race gig, though she sees lots of other service too. Her build costs used grant funding from the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.
- Trefusis (1995)
“Trefusis”, a wooden gig built by David and Jim Currah in 1995. Originally she was with Charlestown Gig Club under the name “Tormentor” then she moved to Padstow and was called “Vixen”. We’re looking forward to welcoming her to the Flushing & Mylor pack over the coming seasons.
- Tryphenna (#25 flashboat)
“Tryphenna” is an 18 foot “flashboat” kindly on loan to club from Mr Robert Hilder. She can be rowed by 1, 2, or 4, with or without a cox. She’s narrow and unstable but excellent for learning balance and bladework skills.
- Zilpha (flashboat)
Flashboat bought for the club in 2011 with money from a grant from Sport England. Originally built around 30 years ago by club member, Mark Smith.
- Joker (15ft skiff) A skiff bought for the club in 2011 with more of our Junior Sport England grant.
About the rowing :
Ok, ok, enough of the boats and history, tell me what I need to do!
Newcomers : Whether you’re new to rowing or an experienced rower (fixed or sliding seat) looking for a new challenge we’re here for you. Your newcomers contact can be reached at email@example.com , consult the rowing timetable above and look for “sign-up” slots. Send an email to the newcomer rep to book a time.
Training and fitness :
It takes time to build up your rowing technique (not that long though – it isn’t that hard!). The fitter and stronger you are the better, gig rowers are all shapes and sizes but spending time at the gym will really provide benefits. Rowing is a strength-endurance sport, and long low-intensity work to build your endurance fitness is key.
Bottom line is fitness and power will take you a long way in gigs, but if you come up against an equally fit and powerful crew then it’s only technique and clever coxing that will make the difference.
F&MPGC rowers can benefit from reduced rate membership at Tremough campus gym.
Photo by Rob McGuinness. The Masters Rowers heading off towards St. Mawes, 26/1/11