came back into the world of Gig Racing 18 months ago when
John Cork recommended our oars to Rame Gig Club in Cornwall.
We had the pleasure of supplying them with a set of men's
blades, which were well received by Rame.
Britannia Naval College ordered two sets that year to go with
their new boats and Peter Martin our mastercraftman attended
the launch of their new Pilot Gig boats in September 2002,
were he met Kevin Pyne of Dartmouth Gig Club. They discussed
the possibly of Suttons making 30 Admiralty Oars for the Dartmouth
Royal Regatta, which we were delighted to provide.
then we have continued to work closely with gig clubs around
the UK and through our research and liaisons with the clubs
we are now in a position to offer both the Juniors and Ladies
teams of rowers their own specified oars. This has proved
to be a beneficial move for the sport and enables the teams
to utilise/exploit their strength into a positive rowing action.
Sutton is delighted to be part of this exciting traditional
growth sport, which is awe inspiring to watch as well as take
part in. We are always continually looking at ways to improve
our knowledge and by working with the clubs we aim to provide
the best there is.
would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Cork
for the reintroduction into this wonderful world of traditional
was given a brief by the port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta committee
of which I am a member to investigate a replacement oar for
the standard admiralty patent heavy boat whaler type oar,
which has changed little in the past hundred years.
I knew Peter Martin Of Suttons by reputation and met him in
person when he came down to the Dart to watch the royal navel
college who had just received a set of Suttons pilot gig oars
to participate in The Annual Lay Up Race held in memory of
my late wife.
was very impressed by the standard of workmanship in these
oars. Pilot gig rowing has long been a favourite sport of
mine and I invited Peter to meet up with me at my store the
following day to discuss the way the heavy boat oar could
be adapted to better suit to our specific needs and importantly
strengthened at the base of the loom which up until now had
been a weakness.
My recommendation to our regatta Committee that we make an
initial purchase of thirty blades was accepted. So I made
an appealed to past rowers and the townsfolk in general to
help me finance the oars and offered to have the oars sign
written with the sponsors names should they chose to purchase
one. In a little over a week I am happy to say all the oars
where paid for.
The Sutton oars came in on time, on price and of a very high
quality. They were used for the first time successfully at
this year's Royal regatta and with no breakage's".
Some of the gig racing photographs have been kindly supplied by Kevin Pyne