2014 Regatta is now the 2015 Regatta!

After careful consideration, the Goring Gap Boat Club has decided not to stage the Goring and Streatley Regatta this summer. The event will return in July 2015.

The Regatta site is still waterlogged from the January/February floods and may not dry out sufficiently by July, and in the event of any more significant rainfall in the next 3 months a later cancellation would be inevitable. It makes sense to cancel now, minimizing disruption and giving the water meadow a chance to recover and be in good shape for the 2015 Regatta.

By the time the Regatta returns in 2015 the GGBC’s permanent base in Lower Basildon, for which we have been pursuing planning permission over the last eight months, should be close to becoming a reality. This has been a long held ambition for the Club, and will provide a new focus for our rowing activities nearer to Streatley and Goring.

The Goring and Streatley Regatta in 2015 and will be a major village event and we will be seeking to attract interest from other organisations in the villages to assist by co-hosting the event. In the meantime, GGBC will continue to provide local people with access to the river in a variety of unpowered boats. The Club runs regular Learn-2-Row courses, and holds three open rowing sessions every week. New members are always welcomed regardless of age or experience.

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Sunday 27th Round the Island

Just a reminder that this Sunday’s session will include an opportunity to race around the island for those of you with competitive spirits, and a chance to help with some boat maintenance in order to keep our fleet of boats in good working order. Refreshments will be provided. Hope to see lots of you joining us at 10am on Sunday.

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Summer rowing

If we have had Easter, it must be summer! Join us for our Thursday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday morning rowing sessions. Everyone welcome, whether you’ve rowed before, you want to learn, or you think a little extra practice in advance of the Goring and Streatley Regatta in July  is a good idea!

We’re all looking forward to putting our latest eight on the water, newly arrived this week! (It’s not actually new….)

Our latest purchase, some assembly required!

Our latest purchase, some assembly required!

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Rowing this weekend!

9am on Saturday or 10am on Sunday.  The river is
looking good and we should have some sunny spells in the morning, so
make the most of it and come and join us.  It’s still quite muddy so
remember your wellies.

A few other reminders…

Saturday 29th March: Social club session.  There will be rowing
followed by refreshments and treats. We’ll also be running a Learn 2
Cox session for those of you interested in learning the basics of
coxing.  It’s a lot of fun and not as daunting as you might think. We
won’t expect you to cox and eight but will show you the basics and go
through some of the commands i.e. how to get a boat in and out of the
water safely etc, so do join us.  Please let me know if you’d like to
join us so that I know how many handbooks to bring down.

Spring Learn 2 Row: starts 12th April.  Places are filling up fast but
we do have a few places left.  If you or someone you know is
interested in learning how to row then please contact me as soon as
possible. £125 for the course (this included British Rowing
membership).  No previous rowing experience required.  A fun way to
learn how to row.

Sunday 6th April:  Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.  We’ll be gathering
at the Goring Social Club to watch it.  The main race starts at 6pm,
but do come along and join us for a pre-race drink and to watch the
Isis & Goldie crews race.  1 High Street, Goring, RG8 9BA. Who will
you be cheering for – light blues or the dark blues?

Membership renewals:  You may have received an email from Sue Hughes
to renew your membership.    Our membership fees are great value for
money and I’d encourage you to renew as we have some exciting
activities planned for this year as well as the regatta and the
development of our own boathouse.

What next…we have a number of activities planned for this year such
as a Round the Island heads race, social events with other clubs & the
Dolphin Adventure centre, BBQs, rowing up and down stream through the
locks and much, much more.

GGBC Facebook page:  Why don’t you join the GG Boat Club Facebook
page.  Search for the GG Boat Club group and request to join.  Photos
and updates posted regularly.

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Want to learn to row?

Join our next beginners’ course, starting 12th April 2014. For more details contact Stuart at captainofrowing@goringgapbc.org.uk

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