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Porthgain

This was a weekend with a difference. It is not a racing regatta.  It’s a social row for 7.5miles from Whitesand Beach and around Ramsey Island.  It was billed to take in the sights of seal pups and the craggy rock passages known as The...

Post race celebrations at Lyme Regis

An early start saw Avona be the first gig to arrive in Lyme Regis.  The friendly members of Lyme unloaded, launched and rowed her around to the beach inside the Cobb ready for another fantastic days racing.  A short walk around to the Cobb and...

So Why the Whale?!

In 1497 John Cabot set sail from Bristol on the Matthew hoping to find Asia. He in fact found North America and as evidence of his voyage brought back several artefacts including THE JAWBONE OF A WHALE. Some say that the Clifton Pilot Gig Club are...

Brixham Regatta

Well this was a different way to do a regatta. Clifton were not able to raise a full ladies crew due to holidays and so the men only went to Brixham with our fabulous Cox Debs.  The men's racing were the last events of the...

Rame Regatta

What a weekend at Rame. This is always a calendar highlight and it didn't disappoint this year for Clifton. We travelled to Cawsand with 10 rowers, 5 girls and 5 boys. So we needed to recruit 1 new rower for every race.  The gig community obliged...

Bridport Regatta

Clifton attended their first regatta since launching Avona at the 2016 World Pilot Gig Championships. A great day of racing was enhanced by the beautiful weather, we feel that we came away from the event with our heads held high and are looking forward to our next...

Young Bristol’s launch of Lindy

Clifton Pilot Gig Club supported the launch of Young Bristol's (YB) new training gig which was purchased following funding from Sport England. At a well attended naming ceremony held on Friday 24 June 2016 the Gig was “blessed” and officially launched. The “Lindy” was named after long serving...

Clifton Pilot Gig Club – Scillies 2016

Clifton achieved their objective of taking 2 crews to the 2016 World Pilot Gig Championships.  Brian Nobbs put the finishing touches to AVONA less than one week prior to her IOS shipping date, this is called 'cutting it fine' but we were always confident by his calm unflappable nature.  She was blessed...

AVONA – Built by Brian Nobbs

AVONA was commissioned by Clifton Pilot Gig Club in October 2015.  Brian Nobbs, Shipwright, promised that she would be ready for the World Pilot Gig Championships in April 2016.  The next challenge was to set up a club and recruit 2 crews who would commit to...