4th Annual Gig Rowing Charity Challenge

The 4th Annual Gig Rowing Charity Challenge took place on Wednesday 21 June at Loe Beach with kind permission from the owners.  From the end of May we offered training for crews at our normal club night, we were delighted to welcome 12 teams from Cornwall Council, where they were taught basic rowing skills.  At the event 72 rowers took part in short races, this year the standard was particularly high, the winners were crew 16+ (for the 3rd consecutive year).  A great time was had by all.  A BBQ was provided by team ‘Burger Off’ and a raffle was also held.

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The event raised a massive £677.40 for Macmillan Cancer, the Cove.  The gig entries totalled £360, £250 of which went to the Truro River Rowing Club and the Club contributed £110 to the charity which helped make up the grand total of £677.40.

Those that took part did exceedingly well, details of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association were circulated to everyone for those that wanted to perhaps join a gig club local to their own area:-

At  Truro – we’d be delighted to welcome anyone wanting to give gig rowing a try, our Club Night is on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm we aim to cater for all abilities between the ages of 10 – 75!’


TRRC are fit and ready for The World Pilot Gig Championships

The World Pilot Gig Championships is taking place on the Isles of Scilly from Friday 28 April until Sunday 30 April, news on the tournament can be accessed via Radio Scilly at the following link


Full details on the racing can be accessed from the following web page

Truro has shipped its 3 wooden racing gigs over to Scilly they are: Spurr, Messack and The Royal.

Good Luck to all crews taking part

Club morning

There will be no club morning on Sunday 30 April due to the Championships, now the evenings are lighter Club will resume on Tuesday evenings from 6pm commencing on Tuesday 9 May 2017

Junior Club

Our Junior Club training will also commence on Tuesday 9 May from 5.30 pm – details on Junior rowing can be accessed from the main Junior page on our website.


Launch on new training gig

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This gig has been named after Paul Williams, who sadly passed away last year.  The Williams Family have been very important to the TRRC throughout the years and owe them a great thanks for their continued support. They own Loe Beach where are based and we launch off every week and Paul Williams daughter, Jo Pearce was a co-founder of the gig club.


Winning performance at Gorsedh Kernow

Bert Biscoe, Cornwall & Truro City Councillor wins award for his song about Richard Spurr at Gorsedh Kernow.


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Bert is a keen local historian and suggested SPURR as the name of Truro River Rowing Club’s new gig in 2015. He composed a poem about Richard Spurr and setting it to music he first performed this piece at the naming ceremony for SPURR.

Bert receiving reward 

Bert Performing Wadebridge Town hall 29th August 2016

Richard Spurr is a historic Cornish figure was born in Truro in 1800 and worked as a cabinet maker where he became interested in promoting peoples’ rights whilst operating from premises in Pyder Street.  He was the leader of a Chartist Movement in Cornwall, he went on to support the cause, moving to London and later to Australia where it is said he built the first Police barracks in Melbourne.




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Two of Cornwall’s most important women swapped officialdom for the ocean this week when they took up the quintessentially Cornish sport of gig rowing for the first time.

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High Sheriff Jane Hartley and Chief Executive of Cornwall Council Kate Kennally were invited by Truro River Rowing Club to come along to their weekly club session from Loe Beach at Feock.

They showed real promise,” said club captain Jacqui Rapier. “For novice rowers, they got into the rhythm quickly and performed incredibly well. We’ll have them back any time!”


It’s all part of Mrs Hartley’s Active Eight Charity Challenge, in which the High Sheriff has pledged to try eight new sports during her Shrieval year. Her aim is to raise money and awareness for her mental health fund, which focuses on sport and outdoor activity for young people.

“Gig rowing is at the heart of the Cornish way of life,” said Mrs Hartley, “so I was determined to give it a go as part of my challenge this year. Kate didn’t take much persuading to join me – it beats the office, doesn’t it?”

Mrs Hartley will also be having a go at commando abseiling (descending from a cliff head first), underwater hockey and BMXing. Already ticked off the list is wheelchair tennis, fencing and a biathlon.

High Sheriff 8 If you would like to follow her on her sporting adventures, go to her High Sheriff of Cornwall Active Eight Challenge Facebook page. You can also support her here:


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The TRRC hosted their 3rd Annual Charity Gig Rowing Challenge on Wednesday 22 June at Loe Beach.

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There were 12 crews of Cornwall Council staff members, made up of 72 novice or near novice rowers that took part.  Over the afternoon short sprint races were held in the clubs 3 gigs: Messack, Royal and Lady Loe. The winning crew for the second year was a team from 16 Plus (They are becoming the crew to beat).

On the day the weather was kind to us and stayed clear to make our third Annual Charity Gig Rowing Challenge event a real success.  With registration fees, a raffle and BBQ on the day an amazing grand total of £610 was raised for Little Harbour Children’s Hospice.

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It is always a really happy event raising money for a worthy cause and introducing new rowers to the wonderful sport of gig rowing.

A big thank you to everyone who took part and came along to help on the day.








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