Newquay Rowing Club is gearing up to launch its new pilot gig.

The new gig called ‘Toby’ will be launched on Sunday, April 7, at 2.30pm.

Toby has been paid for by a legacy from former Newquay mayor David Sleeman who passed away in August 2022.

Newquay Rowing Club secretary Phil Trebilcock said: “Newquay Rowing Club, formed in 1921, the home of gig rowing, will be launching its new gig.

“The new gig Toby was built by Louis Hunkin of Fowey, paid for by a legacy from David Sleeman.

“David was a plumber and was a crew member with Newquay Lifeboat for short while. He was also a great supporter of Newquay Rowing Club.  

“Apart from Newquay, Dove, and Treffry, all the other gigs are named after fish cellars. The Active gig has been sold to the Northey family, who have strong connections to Newquay Rowing Club. 

“Anyone who knew David Sleeman, any past members, rowers, anyone with connection to Newquay Rowing Club, will be most welcome to attend the launch of Toby. There will be light refreshments.

“Please bring a plate of something tasty, savoury or sweet, to be shared by all as part of the celebrations.”