Course AR1: Beginners
mornings; 10:30am starting on 15 May 2016
No. of sessions: Six – to be confirmed
No. of places 10, but if there is sufficient demand a second course
could be convened
but deducted from Fine Boat Supplement if you continue to row
We regret that we are unable to train under 18s to row. We
would strongly recommend they enrol on the junior skiffing course.
introduction & training for complete beginners takes place over 6 weeks.
Training is open to anyone over the
age of 18 years with no upper limit to age. If you have never sat in a
boat before and or have watched the boat race or the rowing Olympics
and wondered what it is like to sit
in a racing boat, this is your
Our course is open to both men and
women and on club days our rowing outings are nearly always
made up of mixed
crews and a wide range of ages.
The first day is just an introduction
to rowing and the terms and terminology used. Moored to the
bank and using a
training oar which has no water resistance you learn the basics of the rowing
On the second and third week you have
a 30 minute trip in a tub. This Is a stable rowing boat which
allows you to
learn the rowing stroke for real and also the timing you need when with a
On the 4th & 5th week you
experience your first outing in a racing boat which is called a restricted
boat. These are the most stable racing boats designed for the novice rowing
most rower won their first cup in
these boats at regattas up and down the country.
On the sixth week you step out of the
family car of rowing boats and into the Ferrari a racing shell eight.
In this you will feel the real power of a racing eight similar to those seen
in the Boat Race.
Don’t worry , you will be in a boat
with rowers with years of experience for an exhilarating row down to
Lock and Back.
Then the course is over and it is
down to you whether you join the rowing group who meet every
Again don’t worry if it all seems a
bit much at this stage, we all learnt somewhere, by joining in with
xperienced crews and you will soon find it all becomes second nature. You
never stop learning,
the cox sees to that, even our most
experienced members are told where they are going wrong on
every trip, its
all part of rowing.
Beware though, once you have the
rowing bug it never leaves you and what better exercise, as they
do it sitting down. Who knows, you might even enter a regatta later in the
year. Last year
we had a mixed crew win the coxed
fours at Phyllis Court regatta, average age 60 years.
Training date will be agreed once we
know who is joining us and the best time for training to take place.
first day is normally the first or second week of may and then the following
One thing that doesn’t happen, we
don’t row in the rain, so date may move depending on the weather.
The big news is that the contractors have gone and we can now get our fine boats back in the water. Building works and winter weather have conspired to keep most of us off the river for the last six months and now is the time to get started again. The tub pair has provided some much needed outings through the winter but there is nothing like the excitement of a real rowing boat to get the adrenalin going.
For those who would like to take things a little further and compete, there will be a WBC crew (or crews) entered for this year’s Goring & Streatley Regatta on Saturday 18th July, following an invitation extended by Goring Gap Boat Club. So if you wish to compete in a coxed four this will be a very good opportunity to do some proper racing. There is plenty of time for training and they will provide the restricted fours, blades and even coxes, so you are guaranteed a seat if you want to compete.
For further information about rowing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Whatever the weather!
Returning in the coxed IV from a wet Sunday May morning outing
The adverse weather has continued to disrupt outings which saw the postponement of the Henley Meander in November and put paid to the Thursday Crew’s Christmas outing. However they recovered their spirits in the normal way with a much extended lunch at The White Hart, where John Spinks was awarded ‘Thursday Rower of the Year’.
Overdue restoration work has started on the smaller boats. The Eton pair has now undergone a complete makeover and I would like to thank Bill Brennan for all his hard work. Work has also started on the Tub Pair. She is now fitted with proper shoes and the riggers have been straightened and refinished.
The pattern of use for the boats will change over the coming season, with more emphasis on the smaller boats to gain greater flexibility to cater for the various groups. With the Eton Pair now restored, and by utilising the Viruses, along with the tub pair, coxed and coxless IV and VIII, we can cater for any combination of rowers. So when you come down on a Sunday morning there will be a seat in a boat for you.