Join us for traditional pilot gig rowing on the idyllic River Tamar

Tamar and Tavy Gig Rowing Club was formed in 2004 on the banks of the River Tamar at Weir Quay.  We row four boats – Ginette (b. 2004) and Tamar (b. 2008), our two traditional wooden pilot gigs for racing, and our glass fibre boats Belinda O’Flynn (b. 2010) and Birlander (b. 2018) for training. We have worked hard as a club to build up our squads and now have a membership of over 130. Not bad for a club run entirely by volunteers!

We are always keen to welcome new rowers, whether to keep fit, compete or just enjoy the tranquillity of the River Tamar. All new rowers get 3 free taster sessions – so come and join us and give gig rowing a try.

Gig Rowing truly is a ‘Sport for All’ so whether you are looking to keep fit, compete or just enjoy the tranquillity of the river Tamar, our Club will have a rowing session that will suit you or your family. The Club offers several rowing sessions to suit everyone and each Squad welcomes new/novice rowers – you are welcome to attend as many as you wish.

  • Year round rowing
  • Winter Circuit Training
  • Indoor Rowing
  • Social Events
  • Competition Rowing

View the latest Session Timetable here. Each session has its own ‘Session Organiser’ and if you would like to attend any of the sessions, contact the session Organiser by email to be added to the various ‘contact lists’. ‘Vet’ Sessions are for anyone over the age of 40. Prior to every session, a ‘call up’ email is sent to everyone on the ‘contact list’ asking if you’d like to row, the session organiser then sends a crew list out so you know when to arrive and what position in the Gig you will be rowing. The Gig needs a crew of six and a Cox. Please contact your session organiser if you have to cancel.


Where to find us

You will find us on the idyllic Devon banks of the River Tamar, at Weir Quay.


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Mens A and B crews at Saltash Throughout the Winter months the new Tamar Winter League series has kept Tamar & Tavy Gig Club busy, five races took place starting at our very own Weir Quay (great opportunity to show off the fab new boat house and facilities), up river to Cotehele and down river […]

The start of the gig rowing season kicked off on March 2nd with the Three Rivers Race at Saltash. Tamar & Tavy Gig Club sent two mens and two womens crews and as is tradition the weather was less than kind to them and the 70+ gigs competing. Strong winds meant that the long straight […]

On March 10th four teams ladies and men’s A and B teams set off to Saltash to take part in the 2018 3 Rivers Race, the first of the season. The day started dark, windy with lashings of rain as our non competing very kind and committed members rowed Ginette from Weir  Quay to Saltash. […]

Great news in 2018 ! our  new boat shed is being built in weir quay a purpose built shed where we can store our gigs indoors and train, shower all indoors. This is due to a great team effort and a real credit to all involved ..