A special Club session is planned for Saturday 31st August starting a little later than usual at 10am. Our friends from Adventure Dolphin will be paddling down in their kayaks for an “exchange visit”. You will have an opportunity to try out canoeing under their guidance and supervision, and then we will try to teach them to row. Bacon rolls will be provided by the Purley and Pangbourne scouts in return for a small donation. It should be a fun morning so please make a special effort to come along.
On Wednesday August 7th, Olympic Champion Helen Glover and Goring Gap Boat Club hosted a “Join-In” morning at GGBC’s facilities near Pangbourne. Join-In have produced an official video that you can view here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dqoc8BxZ9Q&feature=c4-overview&list=UU4UgBNXFpza9AUT4l_s9Yzw. Local people were given an opportunity to give rowing a try, with Helen offering encouragement from a coaching launch and even serving them tea afterwards. Earlier Helen had made presentations to some of GGBC’s longest serving volunteers.
Goring Gap Boat Club has previously benefited from the support of other Olympic champions such as Sir Steve Redgrave and Zac Purchase, who last March launched the Club’s fundraising campaign for a new boathouse.
I am delighted to see so many existing and new members at Club sessions and in a wide range of boats. In the run-up to the Goring & Streatley Regatta, I just wanted to share the following news items.
Learn 2 Row
Our second L2R course of 2013 will complete on Saturday, 8th June. This has been a shorter but more intense course ably led by Captain Hugh and we look forward to seeing the eight participants graduate with flying colours. Hopefully they will go on to become active members and we also hope that at least four of them will enter the Regatta. Thanks to all the volunteers who have supported Hugh over the past 4 weeks.
Hugh Baker-Smith has nearly completed his British Rowing Level 2 Coaching qualification and only has the final assessment to go. I am confident he will qualify later this month. This means that the GGBC will once again have 3 BR qualified Coaches.
Capsize & Curry Evening
A two hour coaching session has been organised for Tuesday 11th June at the Oratory School Swimming Pool. This is to ensure that up to 12 single scullers and others members are properly trained and know exactly what to do should they capsize while out on the river. This will be coached by Hugh and myself and is already oversubscribed. We may have to run another…
British Rowing “Explore Rowing” and “Social League”
We are still pursuing this exciting British Rowing initiative and following a meeting with the British Rowing lead last week-end, two options for the GGBC to host an event are currently under review. One option is to include some specific races as part of our Regatta programme on 20th July; the other is to host a one day event after the Regatta.
As you are aware from an earlier post, Regatta Training will start on Monday, 17th June. As ever, we will need volunteers to Session Manage, Cox/Coach and to assist. Some 20 members have already volunteered a few hours a week for what is always an intense but fun 4 weeks. If other members would like to get involved, please contact me as soon as possible. We only have a week to go…!
Because of Regatta Training, which will take place every weekday evening and Saturday morning for the four weeks from 17th June, there will be no Club sessions on Thursdays or Saturdays until after the Regatta on 20th July.
British Rowing (South East Region) is in the process of establishing a new Social Rowing league. The idea is to encourage participation in our sport and to provide access to a series of races for recreational clubs like ours. Recreational clubs or sections typically don’t enter the larger BR Regattas but would still like to participate in less daunting, shorter (300 meter?) races.
Groups of clubs would take it in turn to organise and host what is essentially a round robin series of events. This would clearly avoid the need to transport boats (hosts to provide) and should ensure that both costs and the effort to organise can be kept to a minimum. Please note that participants would must be 18+ and be British Rowing Silver members
Because the British Rowing South East Region is so large, 4 semi-independent groups are being proposed. The GGBC would be a member of Group 1 along with Falcon, City of Oxford, Abingdon, Wallingford, Reading, Phyllis Court and Marlow RCs.
We have already indicated our interest in being part of this exciting initiative and an initial meeting of all Clubs will take place during the Weybridge Regatta on Sunday 2nd June 2013. Geoff Arnold will attend this on behalf of the GGBC and will update you once things start to fall into place.
As you are aware we recently launched the Boathouse Development Fund with an entertaining evening in the company of Zac Purchase. We are now ready to launch the first phase of fundraising and would like to invite all GGBC members to come along to one or both of the club sessions over the weekend of 11th / 12th May to participate in fun rowing activities, enjoy bacon/egg rolls and drinks and help us make a start on raising the funds for our new boathouse.
We will provide club members with a £10 note and a challenge – to take it away and double the value, or triple it, or make as much money as possible over the next six months! We will ask you to bring it back later in the year along with any profit you have made. Please come along and enjoy some rowing in the company of other club members and take away your £10 note. We hope to see you on 11th (from 9am) or 12th (from 10am) May to make a start on generating the funds for the boathouse