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Our next course will start at 11:00 on Sunday 12 October 2014 and take place over 6 Sundays. It consists of an introductory session, then 5 outings on the Thames in our coastal quads, plus a capsize drill at Cygnets in Northfleet. We will also give you an introduction to racing and register you with our governing body, British Rowing. The course costs £85. Come and sign up between now and then and get started with indoor training on Concept 2 rowers for free.
Our next Learn To Row course will be starting from Sunday 8th June. If you’re interested in taking part, give us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to our Men’s Novice crew who won their race at Lea Spring Regatta, meaning they now race at IM3 level.
It was a tense but exciting day. After an early 6am start, we had watched, cheered and competed in every division possible. Our 13 crews were a mix of adults and juniors and the standard of racing was very high with some tense close finishes.
Well done again to the Men’s crew and all those who competed. Their win is an inspiration to everyone for our future competitions!
Here are the main events we plan to compete at this spring and summer.
27 April – Lea Spring Regatta
11 May – Ball Cup (junior competition held at Dorney Lake)
17 May – Putney Town Regatta
31 May & 1 June – Peterborough Regatta (2-day multi-lane event with camping)
12 & 13 July – Burton Sprint Regatta (2-day event with camping)
2 August – Sudbury Town Regatta
21 September – Boston Marathon (31 miles across Lincolnshire. Our adult ladies’ quad, J18 Gravesend Grammar School four, J16 Mayfield Grammar School four and J16 Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ four are competing. We are raising money for the RNLI and Breast Cancer UK)
More events may be added but these are definite. We are also exploring options for a training camp, details to be confirmed.
First time in several years that Gravesend has a crew in the prestigious eights Head of the River and it gets abandoned due to unsafe conditions after we’ve been on the water for two hours waiting to start! Apparently a few crews sank, and it did get a bit lively under Hammersmith Bridge. We boated from Barn Elms opposite Fulham football ground and at least managed a row to Barnes Bridge and back. Thanks to Caitlin Page for the photo and to our gang of junior rowers who came up to London to support us.
As part of the Learn to Row course a Capsize Drill Session takes place. This is important for you to learn new safety skills and this will ultimately help your rowing experience.
The session comprises of treading water wearing light clothing, swimming 100m unaided and throwing a safety line. You will also experience capsizing a boat and then righting the boat again. This will give you new found confidence in your rowing.