Photograph: Werner Schmidt

Monday, January 17, 2011

Gig Rowing And Racing In America!

HTBS reader Caleb had a question the other day where to find gig rowing and racing in the USA? I was not able to help him, but of course the good HTBS correspondent in London, Tim Koch, had an answer, which he sent to me earlier today. So Caleb and everyone else in America interested in gigs, read on.... Tim writes,

"My item on Cornish Gig Racing on 9 January 2011 prompted a query from a gentleman in Indiana asking where such rowing could be found in the USA. There is a BBC Cornwall story on American gig clubs here.

It seems to be a New England based sport. The only club named is Team Saquish Rowing Club, Saquish Beach, Plymouth, in Massachusetts. Their email is: - and I'm sure they could direct interested parties to their nearest club if there is one.

According to the BBC, in 2007 there were 26 gigs spread over Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut, with approximately 10 gig clubs."

The photograph above is from Team Saquish RC member Hilary Moll's photo site.

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