About us

Gig Rowing in Plymouth

Whether you’re interested in trying for a crew or just interested in recreational rowing Cattewater is for you!
We pride ourselves on being a fun and active club with both training and social events

Cattewater Gig Club enjoys a very special position at the Mount Batten Centre on the shores of Plymouth Sound, having all year round access to the water from public slipways, with options to go out to sea for rough weather training, or up the river for calmer waters.

The club strongly believes in providing opportunities to as many people interested in rowing as possible. As well as our excellent provision for competitive rowers, we have a strong program of rowing for those who simply want to keep fit, enjoy the outdoors and socialise. The club’s broad membership is home to a wealth of technical knowledge and experience of differing sea conditions, which has enabled Cattewater crews to compete at the highest level.


Cattewater Gig Club was formed in 1996
Cornish Pilot Gig Rowing and Cattewater

A Cornish Pilot Gig is a 6 oared, wooden rowing boat. Traditionally gigs were rowed along the coast of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as a way of getting a pilot with local knowledge of the waters to large sailing ships so that they could navigate them safely into land. The first pilot to the ship would gain the much needed commission, and so these boats were built to be fast. The sport of gig racing began officially in Newquay in 1921.

Cattewater Gig Club was formed in 1996. The club has some long standing members who continue to share their skills and experience with new rowers joining every year.

Away together!
Gig Rowing Terminology

The bow is the front of the boat and is the pointy end of the gig. Seats are numbered 1 (bow seat) through to 6 (stroke seat). The cox sits on the next seat along near the stern. Seats 1, 3, 5 are ‘bow side’ and seats 2, 4, 6 are ‘stroke side’. When you sit in your seat check your ‘foot stretcher’ is in a good position by adjusting it. Put your feet on top of it.

The ‘leather’ of the oar should be placed between the ‘pins’ on the opposite side from your seat. Surprisingly, one hand is put on top and one underneath of the oar handle when gig rowing. The oar face should be ‘square’ (at right angles) when in the water. When out of the water it is ‘feathered’.
‘Away together’ means start rowing. ‘Easy Oar’ means stop rowing. ‘Dig’ means stop the boat.


Contact us at info@cattewatergigclub.com to get involved!