We are a friendly and welcoming club that gives people of all abilities the chance to experience Gig rowing and attend social events. We have a range of members; some row for pleasure, some train to improve fitness and others train and race competitively.

All members are welcome to take part in races, once they have shown themselves to be competent in training. Our members also enjoy land-based activities and assist in the running of the club.

This is vital to keep our club running as the small charity that we are.

We are the most northernly based Gig Rowing Club in Cornwall and have been rowing in the Cornish seas since 2002. We are based at Upper Tamar Lake, which is just outside of Bude. This allows us to row all year round in a safe and scenic environment, even when conditions do not allow rowing at sea. The lake is used for many activities including sailing, cycling, fishing and walking among others. Dogs are welcome and there is a park for young children. We row at sea as often as possible, mainly out of Bude and during the Spring and Summer months we attend regattas around the South West of England. We always welcome new rowers of all abilities, please message us using the contacts page on our website or find our Facebook page.

About Us

Barrel Rock

Is our newest fibreglass 6 man gig. Bought and launched in April 2016.

The fibreglass gigs are used for training, this is due to the fact that they require less maintenance than the wooden gigs and having 2 means that more people can train at the same time.

Was our first fibreglass 6 man gig. Bought and launched in 2011.

Is the club's wooden gig and was built by Ralph Bird in 2003, she is used for regattas and Championships. We enter The London River Race, The Newquay Cornwall County Championships and The World Championships that are held annually.

Our Gigs

What are we currently working on!

Bude Pilot Gig Club Boat House

Last year we announced that we had been given the lease for some land within Summerleaze Car Park in Bude and that the plans had been submitted for the boat house which were approved. Building commenced late last year and the boat house is nearly complete.

This means that we will have a safe, dry place to store our current gig and equipment. It also means that with perfect weather and sea conditions, we will be able to launch from the beach more often. We also hope that the boat house will give the club more visibility to attract new members in order to grow our club.

Fundraising update: We have with the help of Crowdfunder, Sports England, grants from local councils and some very successful events (Quiz Night, Raffles, Christmas Party) we have been able to raise fund our boat house build.

Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook page where we will announce our grand opening.

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Our Corporate sponsors

The Cornish Farmhouse Bacon Company is a family run business, using traditional timeless methods in our modern processing plant, with over 20 years of experience we pride ourselves in producing bespoke products to our customers requirements. We produce high quality Pork and Bacon products, using traditional methods from our own Large white x Landrace pigs bred and reared on our family run farm here in Cornwall, and from one other local farm. All our pigs are fed on our home-grown cereals.


I specialise in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, using sports massage and deep tissue laser therapy. Whether you are suffering from an acute or chronic injury, muscular pain and discomfort or joint pain, I will deliver the right treatment for you. I am the sole therapist and work from my home in Flexbury, Bude, in my highly versatile and relaxing clinic.


Metters and Wellby is a dynamic Cornish architects practice, based in the North Cornwall coastal town of Bude. We have been providing a complete range of architectural services in Cornwall and Devon for over 30 years. Specialising in contemporary and modern architecture, we are driven by the challenge of creating stunning designs that respect and enhance the natural surroundings. Our primary design elements are timeless, clean lines, creating a seamless connection between inside and outside.


AquaBlue are the suppliers of our club kit, they also make kit for lots of other teams and sports. The business were keen to help us with our fundraising efforts and created a raffle to win one of their shoreline robes which was decorated with the club logo. The money raised from the raffle went towards our Crowdfunder.