If you are interested in trying out Gig rowing or have experience and want to meet our club then book yourself on to an Introduction Session.

You need no experience of any type of rowing whatsover to give Gig Rowing a try.

When booking please remember we are all volunteers but will reply as soon as possible, usually within a few days, to arrange your first row.

Our Location

We launch our training boat ‘Avocet’ from the dinghy park (along from the Sailing Club) at Shelly Beach, into the estuary. We gather on the beach (sorry no Clubhouse).

Parking is on the streets or at Camperdown Car Park (with a 3-minute walk).

Your First Session

You will need to have booked your seat in advance. We row regular Club Sessions on:

  • Thursday evenings – from 5.30pm (summer only).
  • Saturday mornings – from 9.00am (all year).
  • Sunday mornings – from 10.00am (winter only)

The boat will go out for 3 or 4 sessions of approximately 45 minutes.

You will need to be prepared to help launch or retrieve the boat and you may not be in the first session so please expect some waiting around. This is good a chance to chat and get to know us!

We spend a lot of time planning balanced crews around safe tides so please arrive at the agreed time.

You will be given full instruction on the water.

The Costs

Intro Sessions are:

  • £5 each or
  • 3 for £10.

After three sessions, you are invited to join the club for £100 for the year.

As well as the two regular sessions a week members can arrange extra sessions for fun or race training. We also organize fun social events.

The Crews

Crews for Intro Sessions are carefully balanced with experienced rowers for your safety.

Please make sure you are on time to meet your crew and go out together.

Mixed crews on club sessions practice technique and enjoy the exercise. There are also opportunities to try out regatta racing and maybe join a racing crew, otherwise, we arrange social rows for example to Topsham or the River Exe Cafe.

Becoming a Gig Nut

Be warned gig rowing can become addictive. Why is that? What brings people out in all weather?

“I like the meditate motion, you just get lost in the concentration watching your oar out in the estuary”

“I’m a boss at work but in the boat the cox is in charge and I just do what I’m told”

“I want to lose weight and keep fit and rowing uses more muscles that most sports”

“I thought I was a quiet character until I joined a crew in a regatta now I’m so competitive I train 3 times a week and can’t wait for the next race”

What to wear?

Your feet will get wet. Bring wetsuit boots, old trainers or bare feet.

Otherwise, loose clothing and shorts or leggings. Sports clothing is ideal. Jeans should not be worn.

On cool / wet days bring a waterproof jacket and for sunny days bring suncream and sunglasses (some of our rowers will wear caps or visors on bright days).

Other Notes

The nearest toilets are the Dockside Cafe or the Beach Pub.

We do leave bags on the beach but don’t leave valuables in them (small items can be kept under your seat in the boat). The club has no responsibilities for items left on the beach.

We look forward to meeting you