January Newsletter

Unfortunately river conditions have been the worst for years, so there has not been much activity on the water.

Off the water the work output has been amazing as usual. The new toilet had to be moved to the other side of the boathouse as the old location flooded too easily. Andy McKenzie punted the septic tank across the flooded site.

Heather Rudge installed lighting. Roger is not having an epiphany.

Captain of Rowing’s Update
A frustrating couple of months but congratulations to the Explorers for their first and second wins at Hillingdon before Christmas. The time-trial at Maidenhead this Sunday has been a victim of the river flow, but the next event to look forward is Molesey Vets Head on 15th February. A timed race over a 3.25 km course, the Vets division starts at 2.30pm. This Head includes a section for Explorer boats, so it provides an all too rare opportunity to compete alongside fine fours and eights. I propose that we take a trailer with boats in both classes and I would invite members to propose some crews with this in mind. Entries close on the 8th Feb but these Heads usually fill their quota well before the official cut-off date. I have posted the event on the FitClub calendar. Please respond, one way or another even if you are not interest in competing. I hope there will be a good level of interest in this event as I think it is an excellent opportunity for all members of the Club to be involved, whatever your experience. 
If you cannot make it to Molesey, the next event to look forward to is Goring’s own Explorer Event which is scheduled for 22nd March. Again, I will post this on FitClub for anyone interested in being involved. 
Lets hope we can be back on the water very soon.
Richard Berkley

Boathouse Development Group
Brian Barnes wrote a summary of boathouse progress in 2019. Everyone should read it. We have come a long way.
Brian also wrote a document that lists the projects we aim to tackle in 2020 and describes how the Boathouse Development Group will collaborate with the committee.
We need help and volunteers of all kinds so please contact Roger Moore to make our boathouse the best on the Thames.

Boathouse Fundraising
Jessica Fowler initiated the new fundraising group. We have ambitious plans to get funding for our projects. Please email Jessica if you would like to get involved with this essential work.

Dates for your diary

  • Molesey Vets Head – 15 February
  • Quiz Night – 4 March
  • March Mad Dash – 22 March
  • Next Go Row – 5 April