Spring Learn to Row course

Do you want to learn how to row?  Then join us for our Spring Learn2Row course starting in April.

If you’ve never been in a boat or have only tried it once or twice then this is the course for you. The objectives of the course are simple:

  • to introduce you to the sport of rowing
  • to teach you the British Rowing technique in a safe and friendly environment
  • to provide individual coaching to help you develop your rowing technique
  • to build your confidence on the water
  • to improve your fitness and have some fun1

The course consists of six sessions run over a 4 week period.  Each session builds on the progress made in the previous session. The course will be run on the following dates:



  • Saturday 16th April (9:30am – 12:30pm)
  • Wednesday 20th April (7-9pm at the Oxford Uni Rowing Tank)
  • Saturday 23rd April (9:30am – 12:30pm)
  • Wednesday 27th April (7-9pm at the Oxford Uni Rowing Tank)
  • Saturday 30th April (9:30am – 12:30pm)
  • Saturday 7th May (9:30am – 12:30pm)

The course is open to anyone 18 years or over.  The cost of the course is £125, which includes membership to British Rowing but does not include club membership which is £60/year. The course will be run from our Hardwick site, Whitchurch on Thames. Places are limited to 12 participants so book now!  If you would like to join the course then please contact Stuart at captainofrowing@goringgapbc.org.uk

Santa Row 20 December

santa rowIt’s very soon time for Goring Gap Boat Club’s annual Santa Row, at  10am on Sunday 20 December. Come to the Hardwick site (with wellies,  it’s a bit muddy) and enjoy carol singing, mulled wine and bacon sandwiches before or after a ride in an eight horse open sleigh. photo (3) Silly hats are preferred.


photoSo what is a Santa row? We’ve got a Good King Wenceslas Sprint Race, a Deck the Decks with  Boughs of Holly Coxes Challenge, and even a Dance of the Sugar Plum
photo (1)Ferry organised for you, so whether you want to row, cox or watch from  the bank with a bacon sandwich and glass of mulled wine or coffee  they’ll be something to entertain you.

The weather forecast is looking good, so hope to see you there, this  Sunday, 10am (or a little earlier, if you can lend a hand to help set

From Source to Sea

826On Saturday afternoon a small but very self selecting crew set off from the boathouse to row up to Whitchurch, collect the source to sea bottle and row it down to Caversham lock at Reading. Nicola and Robert started the relay. Simples, you would have thought…



All went well till we arrived at Whitchurch and found no bottle, no crew to hand it over. Mysteriously a crew had apparently set off at 11.30 from Goring but  not arrived in Pangbourne. 840


After waiting while Robert and Nicola rowed in circles for a while,828 we sadly headed back slowly back to the club only to get a call from the very helpful lock keeper to say it had arrived back in Whitchurch.


Take 2. So we went all the way back to Whitchurch to get the bottle (much to the bemusement of Pangbourne as the GGBC launch went up and down the river a few times with no apparent reason and then finally  set off with plenty of supplies (jelly babies)








and (now an hour and a half late) rowed like crazy in 27 degree heat down to Mapledurham, 852through the lock and on to Reading Rowing Club where we stopped again to change crew.

Sculling lightly out of the lock…










Arrived at Caversham lock to hand over the bottle to a lovely lady IMG_1342who asked what she should do with it. Not sure if she was a rower…. We hope it got to the right crew.





843Captains  Robert, Pam and Sally doing much of the driving…. Excellent opportunity for all of us to learn how to steer the launch plus learn how to undock, dock, redock,undock again, turn in very small circles in very small spaces while remembering to pick up crew who had got out, run to 831lockkeeper and check what’s happening, jump back in,IMG_1330 jump out to take a picture855 (forgot again), jump into a small scull from an even smaller bank, tie various knots (trying not to let either the scull or launch float away),918 take pictures of houses we’d like to live in with plans to do up their boathouses…..Actually could probably live in some of their boathouses…









One selfie and a few icecreams later and we were off at a leisurely pace back to the club.








Relaxing in the launch and eating jelly babies. Make note next time – take a picnic….








Where we rowed: http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/riverthames/page18.htm

More news on this relay at : http://totallythames.org/events/info/source-to-sea-river-relay