Pupils take to the water in Gigs in Weymouth Bay

On Wednesday, 6 July pupils from six schools across West Dorset had the excitement of gig racing in a knock-out format in Weymouth Bay.


Eight teams ranging from year 7 – 9 had each completed a series of five learn to row sessions with Weymouth Gig Club prior to the racing afternoon.

The afternoon itself was also run from Weymouth Gig Club and lead by volunteers who provided the racing, a BBQ and a presentation to round off the event.

This series has provided the opportunity for 48 pupils the chance to learn the sport of rowing and hopefully will spark their interest to continue their involvement with our great sport.

Rhiannon Bailey, Area Participation Manager said: “What a great afternoon to celebrate the schools learn to row project. Full credit to the volunteers from Weymouth Gig Club for co-ordinating a great project and running this fantastic event. It’s brilliant to see so many schools engaged in the sport.”

This is the third event of its’ kind and we hope to have the fourth one running from next year, with a new intake from the same schools from May onwards.

If clubs are interested in linking to their local schools then please contact your local area participation manager.