Goring & Streatley Regatta – 20 July

Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – July 20th 2019

We are now in the final stretch in the lead up to this year’s regatta. Summer is just around the corner and Goring Gap Boat Club are putting final plans into action.

For anyone not in the know the Goring and Streatley Regatta is held just upstream of Cleeve Lock (nearest postcode RG8 9PU) with the entrance being just off the A329 Wallingford Road.

At the time of writing we have 30 crews signed up to take part in the main racing which offers all day action. In addition, there are other on the water attractions for adults and children alike; a Crafty Raft Race – build and enter a raft and then race it with friends and family (enter online now) – or take part in the Baby Dragon Boat and canoe races (entry on the day). There will also be a chance to “go row” – a coached taster session for adults.

The regatta also hosts many stalls and other attractions to keep young and old entertained. Bring a picnic or be tempted by one of the food stands. Enjoy the bar and get your toes tapping to live music from Goring Unplugged.

With the main action taking place between 11am and 5pm, rent a gazebo spot on the river and make a day of it in luxury!

Entry is £8 – and kids go FREE this year (16s and under). Parking is free too!

For full information go to gsregatta.com.

Head of the Dart 2019

A fun weekend away at the Head of the Dart with the GGBC crews. Thanks to Mel, Roger and Alastair for towing the boats and to Jess, Alastair and Nick for coxing. We even had a supporters crew with Don, Em, Alana and Lindsey (and don’t forget our four legged mascot Kaden).

March Mad Dash success

Goring Gap BC put on our March Mad Dash event for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing league event. The league exists to offer fun & friendly competition for recreational rowers and clubs represented were Weyfarers (Weybridge), Eton Excelsior (Windsor), Marlow, 1921 (Sir William Borlase’s School, Marlow) and of course Goring Gap.

Eton Excelsior crew competes over 3000 metre course
Fifty rowers enjoyed GGBC hospitality afterwards

Winners:

Men’s Quad: 1921 in 23’03”
Women’s Quad: Marlow in 19’06”
Mixed Quad: Weyfarers in 16’13”

Racing was in our four new touring boats provided by British Rowing with sponsorship from Charles Stanley Wealth Management.  These boats are available for use by British Rowing clubs in the Thames Valley region to promote recreational rowing and are ideal for recreational rowers being more comfortable and stable than traditional ‘fine’ racing shells.

The wind was pretty lively, so it was hard work for the crews on the three kilometre course upstream, but all the entrants successfully completed the event and enjoyed the hot food and drinks offered from GGBC’s new boathouse.

Learn to Row this spring

There are only a few spaces remaining on our spring Learn to Row course, starting on April 27, so please check out details of the six-session course and sign up, if you’d like to take this opportunity to get to row on this beautiful stretch of the River Thames. Our last two courses have used our new fleet of four touring boats, which have proved highly popular for beginners and experienced rowers alike, and now we can offer improved facilities at our new boathouse as well. Please get in touch if you have questions about the course.