Tregarthens Gig Sold To Dutch Club

Tregarthens gig. Photo by Jeremy Pearson

St Mary’s Gig Club has sold the Tregathens Gig overseas.

But we could see the boat back in our islands’ waters next May as the Dutch rowing club that has bought it intends to rename the boat and compete for the first time in the World Pilot Gig Championships.

A team from the Loosdrecht rowing club in North Holland picked her up on Thursday and took the boat back to the Netherlands.

In Holland, gig rowing is growing in popularity and all Associations have one or more wooden gigs.

From Radio Scilly

John Gardner of Loosdrecht Gig Club on why they bought the Tregarthens gig

Loosdrecht Club has been using plastic vessels for rowing with their 150 members and this is their first wooden boat.

Amy Hiron says the money raised will help fund the new Tregarthens boat, which will be built this winter by Peter Martin at Porthloo, and also pay for a new set of paddles.

The new boat will be in the water in time to face its former namesake in the championships.

Amy says they raised a glass to see her off at the end of Wednesday’s ladies gig row.

 



One Response to Tregarthens Gig Sold To Dutch Club

  1. Janice Caine November 9, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I have just done the first race with the Chillies team from Loosdrecht, it was fantastic and they love her 🙂 A real treasure