Great work from the team.
Over the summer we have been exacavating a slipway for launching boats into the Thames. At about 3pm on Sunday, courtesy of the rain and a rising river, it began to fill. By 5:30pm it was full!
The trench and most of the core team on Wednesday:
The slipway is not quite finished, but it is not a major problem as all the steel sidings are in place and we can precast and install a concrete apron later.
We restarted club sessions last weekend. Due to COVID-19, we are using Fitclub.me to organise ourselves. We had our first eight out in 10 months.
A quieter month, but there is still a lot of sculling and quads and fours are going out regularly. The fun boats initiative has been a real success and Water Vole and Snuffy are probably the busiest boats in the club.
The COVID situation is volatile, but so far rowing has been exempt from the new Rule of 6. Therefore we have decided to restart our regular sessions. We must record our outings and keep sessions under 30 people, so we will use Fitclub.me to manage crews. Sessions need coaches and session managers, so we will ask for volunteers. Richard Berkley will send out an email explaining how it will work. As COVID regulations are changing constantly, we may need to cancel this at short notice.
These attractive, high quality GGBC mugs are still available. £8 each or 6 for £40. Proceeds go to the club. Email Ros Crowder if you would like some.
The big news this month is that British Rowing are allowing us to row in coxed or coxless fours and quads.
Eights should be allowed from 29 August if nothing changes.
To allow track and trace we have to keep records of who has been in which boats. If you want to go out in fours and eights, organise a crew and reserve your boat at FitClub.me.
Stuart Cowen updated the circulation plan to make it clear that scullers are allowed to set off downstream from the bridge pontoon so long as it is safe.
Thanks to the efforts of Richard Berkley and the coaches, we now have 55 members rowing in club singles.
Huge progress has been made on the slipway. We hope it will be complete by September. Massive thanks to Stuart Hunt, Roger Moore and Brian Barnes among many others.
Doug Hamilton is working on the mezzanine and it is nearly usable.