GGBC hosts Sport in Mind

For the second time Goring Gap Boat Club hosted a Waterside Festival for local charity Sport in Mind on a beautiful summer’s day. Sport in Mind started in Reading 13 years ago and now operates in many parts of the south of England, providing sports and physical activity opportunities to aid recovery from mental health problems.

GGBC volunteers supported the event by coxing and crewing the Charles Stanley boats, launching the canoes, paddle boards and Water Vole and providing teas, coffees and cakes for all to enjoy. The Waterside Festival provided the chance to enjoy a day in a lovely setting beside the river with the opportunity to try rowing, canoeing and paddle boarding. About 25-30 people came along and had a wonderful time on the river. And we saw an otter!

A wonderfully chilled-out few days in Wales

15 club members and friends spent 3 days yomping around, riding horses, lying in the sun, strolling along shining rivers contemplating but never actually swimming, cooking meals together and generally having a splendid time in the Brecon Beacons. All organized once again by Alison. Happy Days.

GGBC goes to the Seaside

The Coastal Barbarians Rowing Club gave 21 GGBC members an experience to remember in Studland last Sunday. Over 3 sessions, in singles (for the brave or just plain unlucky) and doubles for the rest, we splashed about in the surf trying to look like we knew how to row!

The weather was amazing and the beach packed with day trippers watching in awe as GGBC took to coastal rowing like the proverbial ducks to water. Or maybe like a bunch of yappy dogs to water, paddling furiously and trying not to cry or laugh hysterically as the waves threw the boats about.

We zipped across the bay and back, under Old Harry Rocks and back to the beach, surfing in on the waves, each of us swearing never to mind a bit of boat wash on the Thames again.. or some simply swearing!

Big thanks to Peter for organising 20 of us, herding cats with aplomb, and the Barbarians who were extremely supportive and hospitable. And thanks to Mel for the pictures.

It was a superb day out, helped by the weather, good company and a great experience all round.