About us

Goring Gap Boat Club (GGBC) is one of the largest recreational rowing clubs in the Thames Valley. Membership is open to all, from all ages gaining their first rowing experience, those returning to rowing after years away, to veterans with a life time on the river.

GGBC is a community and amateur sports club (CASC) and limited by guarantee.

After years of fundraising, in 2018 we moved up one lock, to Lower Basildon from our garden shed on the Hardwick Estate. The boathouse was a shell – the grounds a sea of mud; but thanks to the resourcefulness, skill and enthusiasm of our members, the boathouse and its surrounds have developed into a brilliant place to row.  You can view our journey here. Looking after our site includes protecting the local flora and fauna.  There always plenty of work to do, and we encourage all members to help where they can. By the Summer 2022 we hope to have mains water and power.  

There is always time for refreshments and chat after rowing

The club’s aims are simple: “to make it possible for members to enjoy unpowered boating”. To that end we have regular sessions throughout the week and weekends. Experienced rowers can be assessed and then take out boats outside of these session times throughout the year. 

Beginners are assured of a warm welcome, and a relaxed and safe introduction to the sport. No previous experience is required, and we provide tuition to all our new members.

The best way to learn is to come along to a Learn 2 Row course or enter a team in the regatta where you will receive tuition over a few summer evenings. 

A number of rowers enjoy a bit of competition at Explore Events in the Thames Valley.

We also have a small fleet of fun boats which mean that those who do not want to or are unable to row, can still enjoy the river at their leisure. Members can take their family and friends out in these boats.

Over the years it’s estimated that 1600 rowers have taken to the water under the guidance of GGBC, many of them competing in the ever popular Goring and Streatley Regatta.

If you want to find out more get in touch. You are assured of a warm welcome.