If you are interested in joining the adult rowing program or going for a free trial row, please contact the Sail MV office 508-696-7644.
Current Rowing Roster
- Jude Villa … President
Ann Fay Lawton
Petra Lent McCarron
Cornish pilot gigs are exceptional open water rowing boats, made to venture out in big seas and traditionally used as life/rescue boats, to deliver pilots to incoming sailing vessels and to smuggle between the Cornish coast and France. Two 32′ gigs were built at Five Corners and Gannon & Benjamin Boatyard between 2004-2006. Each gig is lapstrake planked with white cedar on oak ribs, using over 1500 copper rivets and additional bronze screws, with an angelique keel, stem and sternpost. Nearly 50 men, women and youth volunteered to work weekends under the direction of Nat Benjamin, Ross Gannon and Myles Thurlow, to loft build, plank and finish Grace and Cassie.
The group of over forty rowers participating in this community program have competed in the Weir River Race, the MV Oar and Paddle Race, Round Minot Light Race, the Snow Row in Hull and the Sail MV sponsored Vineyard Cup Pilot Gig Race. We are working to further develop a youth rowing module through the schools.