Regatta preparations start here!

Thanks to all who turned up at the Elephant on Tuesday evening for the regatta meeting. We had some lively discussions with lots of useful points made, all of which will go into the pot for consideration for this year’s regatta plans.

Suggestions were made for a theme for the regatta, the Olympics obviously, but other options relate to the 20th anniversary of the first ‘modern’ regatta which started in 1992. If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions of activities for the day please get in touch.

We will be holding monthly meetings for the regatta committee plus anyone else who has taken on a role assisting with the regatta and anyone who wants to come along and offer their views.

The dates are:
Thursday 16th February
Thursday 22 March
Thursday 19th April
Thursday 17th May
Thursday 14th June
Thursday 12th July

The next meeting on 16th February will be at the Bull in Streatley at

And in case you aren’t aware, it’s only 181 days to go until 21st July 2012!

Ros Crowder

Santa row photos

The week before Christmas saw the club’s traditional Santa Row. Red hats were mandatory, as was carol singing. It is a shame that few members knew any carols beyond their first two lines…..

Thanks to Neil Derbyshire for the photos.

Regatta Meeting January 17th

A Goring & Streatley Regatta meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th January at 7:30pm at the Elephant in Pangbourne, in the lounge behind the bar.

This meeting is mainly to review feedback on last year’s regatta and to start to generate ideas for this year’s regatta. All are welcome to attend, particularly those with feedback from the last regatta and / or suggestions for this year.

If you are unable to attend but have any comments, suggestions or ideas please email the regatta chair .

Volunteers will be required for a variety of roles over the coming months and if you have any specific skills to offer or would be willing to offer general help we would love to hear from you.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th January. Parking is available in
the village car park next to the hotel.

2011 AGM report

A brief summary of the AGM and message from the GGBC chairman

Over 40 members were able to attend, and many took the opportunity to share their views on the main agenda points. Thank you to everyone who did so. It is clear that opinions are diverse and strongly held, particularly those relating to the location of the club. The minutes of an AGM cannot be finalised until they have been voted on at the subsequent AGM, but the new Committee will endeavor to make preliminary minutes of the 2011 AGM available as soon as possible.

In advance of these minutes, I can confirm the following decisions –

1/. Membership fees will be held at the current level.

2/. The Boathouse Proposal was passed, and provides a clear direction for the new Committee regarding the long term future of the club.

3/. Richard, Karen, Tim, Stuart, Karl, Hedley and Geoff stood down from the Committee. These individuals have all given a great deal of their time to the club over many years for the benefit of us all. This was rightly recognised at the AGM, and I am sure that those members who could not attend would also like to add their own thanks.

4/. A new Committee was elected as follows –

Chairman – Hugh Baker-Smith

Secretary – Simone Larche

Treasurer – Lorraine Slade

Membership Secretary – Sue Hughes

Captain of Boats – Andy McKenzie

Regatta Chairman – Ros Crowder

Social Secretary – Neil Derbyshire

Committee Member – Brian Barnes

Committee Member – Matthew Crowder

Committee Member – Roger Moore

Committee Member – Kay Walker

Committee Member – Sally Lightfoot

The post of Captain of Rowing will remain vacant for the time being.

I was elected Chairman on the basis that I would endeavour to make the process of securing the long term future of the club more transparent, more balanced, and less pressured. I will be writing to you next week to outline some of the initial actions aimed at achieving this.

In the meantime, I hope that as many of you as possible will take advantage of the relatively mild weather and come along to the club session on Sunday.

With best regards


Coupe Des Messieurs

In our annual trip to the Coupe Des Dames/Messieurs in Angers – hours of training really paid off for the elite GGBC/ARC combination crew…. a new record time for a UK crew! In a blistering 1hr 5min 4 sec the 8x+ crew managed to complete the course without incident….thanks to our Henley RC cox Helen.

See the full story – gallery 1gallery 2 – official results