Yarmouth Gig Rowing Club is based at Yarmouth Harbour, on the North Western Solent coastline of the Isle of Wight.
The club was founded by Team Ordeal, following the endurance crew's successful circumnavigation of the Island for the Ellen MacArthur Trust in 2013, setting a new record in a Gig rowing boat.
Thanks to one of the club's founding members Russ Waite, Yarmouth Gig Rowing were able to hire a pilot gig for a couple of seasons to test the viability of the club.
Gig rental proved that there is an interest in the rowing of traditional 'fixed seat' boats, so club members decided that a progression to ownership was the best long term option and the 4 oar Solent Galley 'Rosemary' was purchased, renovated and launched in March 2016.
Spurred on to make the sport accessible to island residents, the club has achieved affiliated membership of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association (CPGA) and funding is currently being sought for the provision of both training and racing Gigs, that will allow a transition into official racing circles and endurance events.
Close links have recently been forged with the Community Hall of Yarmouth & District (CHOYD), who have kindly agreed to allow the rowing club to use their facilities as a base and also with the Dabchicks community rowing group who through the work of Carnival organiser & boating guru Chris Waddington, have developed the concept of social rowing locally.Spurred on to make the sport accessible to island residents, more members are always needed to ensure the long term sustainability of the club and we are currently looking for a mixture of novice, experienced and volunteer (non rowing) members to create a competent core to take the club further.
Whether young or more experienced, If you have organisational, fundraising, cake baking, networking, proficient boat building/maintenance skills, or are just willing to pick up a paintbrush, the club would be grateful to have you as a volunteer.
If you are interested in joining, please see our membership pages for further details.
Since the Round the Island Event, the Yarmouth team have trained and entered into a number of charity events, including organising the Row to Bestival for three consecutive years and have had some great press and media coverage.
In 2015, the Solent Galley crew took part in the circumnavigation of Hayling Island race (13 miles / 3 hours) and came second in their class, just behind the national champions.
With more fun rows, racing and potential endurance record attempts in the pipeline, Yarmouth Gig Rowing Club offers some great opportunities for any sponsors that may be interested in the genre of rowing that we enjoy.
As the club grows we will be entering and hosting more events, which we will publish here, on our Facebook Pages and Twitter site.