Exmouth Gig Club are setting their sights on commissioning a brand new wooden Gig, as club activities expand yet further.
After a busy first 14 months since the club launched, which included attending their first world championships, taking part in local regattas and various community events; the club are regularly attracting more new members taking to the water on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
As the club grows, there is a clear need for more equipment so that they can offer Gig Rowing to more people and the current equipment they use for racing is some of the oldest on the racing circuit.
As the club looks to the future, they have submitted a funding bid to the One Family Foundation in the hope that they will raise the funds to purchase a brand new wooden Pilot Gig.
Club Chairman, Ben Atkinson is thrilled that people have already started to support their bid, but they need more votes to secure the funding. “We are asking for the public to vote online for our funding project, via this link.
The projects with the most votes are awarded £25,000 so we need your help to increase the amount of votes by midday June 29th. An award of £25,000 would allow us to commission and purchase a new, traditionally built, wooden gig, along with the relevant equipment including seat pads, oars and safety equipment. Only traditionally built wooden gigs are allowed to compete.
Having a new wooden Gig built is without doubt one of the most special moments for a club and these beautifully crafted boats become a part of the community leaving a legacy for years to come”.
The local community and surrounding area benefit from the activities offered by our not for profit club. Gig rowing has many health and social benefits, providing a safe and welcoming environment to people of all backgrounds from the age of 14 upwards to participate in this fast growing sport.
The club attracts people who admit they might otherwise not exercise at all. Exmouth Gig Club are forging links with the local community college currently as they work towards being able to offer Junior rowing sessions.