Captain’s Log

Update from Alastair Davies, Joint Captain of Rowing:

The clocks go forward tonight, and British summer time begins, which means GGBC club rowing sessions can restart on Thursday evenings at 6pm.  The first session is on the 30th March and they’ll continue all summer until the clocks go back in October.

This Sunday 2 April will be our next Go Row! day when we welcome new members to the club and help them get started on the water.  From now on, the first Sunday of each month will be promoted with a Go Row! invitation: if you have friends who would like to start rowing, please pass this on.  These will run alongside the usual club session at 10am.

If you’d rather watch someone else rowing, also this Sunday 2 April the world-famous Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race will take place.  The Catherine Wheel pub in Goring is showing the race on their big screen, and they’ll have the barn open for fun events, including a sweepstake with bottles of bubbly for the winner.  Come along from 4pm to join the party.

Our spring Learn to Row course started today, with 12 eager new rowers signed up.  A strong breeze against the stream made for choppy conditions but they all did very well, and we look forward to welcoming them to the club at the end of the course.  The next Learn to Row course will be in August and is already filling up fast, so if you know people who would like to do it, please ask them to get in touch with me soon.

The Explore Rowing squad has been competing in a Sunday league against other recreational rowing clubs along the Thames Valley, including Marlow, Maidenhead and Molesey.  The final event of the 2016/17 season was our own March Mad Dash regatta last Sunday.  The GGBC squad ended the league in a very creditable 4th place, of the 12 crews that competed.  If you would like to join the Explore Rowing squad for the next season – and it really is open and fun for everyone – then please let me know and I’ll add you to the session invitations.  There’s no commitment, but it really can open your view of rowing to new horizons.

An absolutely fantastic turn-out of volunteers ensured the March Mad Dash regatta itself was a great success, and a wonderful advert for the club as we hosted our visitors, including British Rowing’s area representative.  We raised over £300 on the day, from the raffle and the sale of hot food – it was a tremendous effort and thank you to everyone involved.

The weather gets better, and the river banks more beautiful, every day from now on.  Come and join in!

Don’t fancy a 4?

If you don’t fancy entering a rowing 4 in the regatta there’s still competition to be had!


For experienced rowers: Enter a single scull!  Entry now closed

For families: Enter a Dongola (6 paddlers – lot’s of splashing) in advance. Entry now closed.

For youngsters: Dongola challenge open to primary school age children, plus an adult. Entry on the Day or send an email to to register interest

For everyone: Race a Canadian Canoe (4 paddlers, entry taken on the day)


In summer, all that intense training for the regatta can leave you feeling tired –  but GGBC has two punts, which we keep in Streatley.- the ideal way to unwind, drifting lazily under the willows…..punts

Upcoming events and courses


The year is well and truly underway and we’ve got a few exciting activities planned for the next couple of months.  Here are some key dates and events that we hope you’ll join us for.


Learn2Cox course – 22nd Feb.  Ever fancied learning how to cox, but feel daunted by giving commands and steering a boat?  Well don’t be…come and join our beginners coxing course on Sunday 22nd February at 10am where we will show you the basics and get you coxing.  The course is free. If you would like to learn how to cox then please email Alastair at to register your interest.


GoRow day – Saturday 28th March.  We will be holding an open day (10am-12pm) for anyone who would like to try out rowing, so bring a friend and come and give rowing a go.  Our coaches and club members will be on hand to help show you the ropes.


Spring Learn2Row – The next course will be run in April & May.  The course costs £125 and will be run over 6 sessions on the following dates 18th, 22nd (evening), 25th, 29th (evening) April and 2nd & 9th May.  Please email Stuart at to book a place or for more information.



Call for volunteers – As always we need volunteers to help with running our Spring Learn2Row, Learn2Cox and the GoRow day,…so if you are able to row or help out in anyway then please let Stuart and Alastair know by emailing us at


Goring 10k running event – 1st March.  It is the biggest fun-raiser for Goring’s local primary school so a really worthwhile cause, and a great reason to get you out training! The event is on Sunday 1st March and they’ll be providing smiling marshals, cheering supporters, beautiful countryside as well as flapjacks, jelly babies and bananas to all runners. It’s a brilliant day!  Tickets are selling fast, so to find out more and sign up, visit


Goring & Streatley regatta 2015 – Saturday 25th July. A great day out for all the family and some superb novice rowing too.  More info on the club website