About the Club
Swanage Sea Rowing Club was 'launched' in November 2001 and became a Registered Charitable Trust in March 2003.
The Club's primary aim is to promote community participation in healthy exercise by providing facilities for sea rowing in Swanage. Members include men, women and children - families are especially welcome.
Whilst encouraging all forms of rowing at sea, the Club particularly wishes to be involved in Cornish Pilot Gig racing. This rapidly-growing sport is historically associated with Devon & Cornwall, but is now spreading east.
SSRC has five gigs of its own - 'Old Harry' (launched in June 2002), 'Peveril' (launched in July 2003) and 'Dancing Ledge' (2009) and from May 2010, had a share in a fourth gig, 'Arry Paye' shared with the Pirates of Poole In late 2012 the Pirates of Poole decided to take over the Arry Paye, and bought the SSRC share; In April 2012 Winspit arrived at the Club as the third wooden gig and in 2013 the fifth gig, a GRP called 'Tilly Whim' arrived. In its early days the Club also had the use of a gig 'Pinnacle' (launched in March 2003) which was then owned by Tim Hughes, but is now in Cornwall and for a few seasons (2007-2009) the Club owned a Celtic Longboat, also known as 'Tilly Whim'.
The Club's membership currently stands at around 120. 2003 was the Club's first season and through the years, performances on the regatta circuit have improved. Each year, several regattas are attended including the Scillies World Championships, Weymouth, Mevagissey, Rock, Clovelly, Cattewater and the County Championships in Newquay.