Try kayaking/rowing this Saturday!

The Adventure Dolphin  Club will be with us at the club session on Saturday 24th September.  Come down for 9am.

Members from Adventure Dolphin will paddle down to us in their kayaks for 9:30 and we will give them instruction and an opportunity to have a go in our boats.

At the same time GGBC members can have a go – with instruction from Adventure Dolphin –  in one of the many kayaks they paddle down to us.

Between times on the water, we will have coffee, snacks and chat !

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No rowing on Sunday

There will be no 10:00 session this Sunday 11 September due to the Pangbourne Canoe Marathon which is talking place on our reach, between Mapledurham and Whitchurch locks.

The Explore Rowing session at 08:00 is also cancelled because we need to be off the water by 08:30.
However, if you are on the tow path in Reading on Sunday afternoon, look out for and give a shout out to the GGBC crew who will be taking part for the first time in the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League splash and dash races, hosted by Reading Rowing Club.
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Summer BBQ


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Learn to Row

Go Row Day Sunday 31st July
Coming to a Go Row day is a perfect way to try rowing and see if it is the sport for you, without any cost or commitment. Just come to our Hardwick site at 10am and we’ll get you in a boat with experienced rowers and let you find out for yourself how much fun it is.

Round the Island Races
Learn to Row starts Saturday 13th August

Hundreds of beginners have learned to row over the last ten years with us on our beautiful stretch of the River Thames below Whitchurch. Our next Learn to Row course starts on Saturday 13th August and runs for four weeks to Saturday 3rd September. Sessions are on Saturday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm and on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm. Over the six sessions our qualified coaches will teach you all the fundamentals of rowing technique. The cost is £125, which includes membership of British Rowing.
Please contact for more details of both events or to sign up for the Learn to Row course. Places go fast, and we look forward to hearing from you

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Schedule and Draw

Regatta details – for 16th July. Click on the images below to see the race draw and schedule.

Draw Schedule

Crew list can be found here.  Set up starts this week down at the site – please do come and help!


What time is set-up? Regatta set up is Wed 13th, Thurs 14th & Fri 15th July. People will be on site from 9am. Just come along to the site when you are free and report to the control tent where someone will find you a job to do. If you know of any friends or family that are free and can lend a helping hand then please bring them along. Regrettably no children on site for set up as there will be heavy vehicles and equipment being transported around the site.

What time is clear-up? Clear up is Sun 17th July. It usually starts around 9am. Just come along to the site when you are free and someone will find you a job to do. If you know of any friends or family that are free and can lend a helping hand then please bring them along.

What will I do? There will be a number of jobs to be done – whether moving equipment to/from the barn, bashing in posts, rigging boats, cleaning signs, putting up signs, setting up tables & chairs, polishing trophies, picking up litter…there is a job for everyone. Tea and coffee will be available and lunch will be provided for set-up.

What do I need to wear? Please wear sturdy footwear as it is a field and there will be plenty of lifting and shifting going on. If you are planning on doing some lifting and shifting then perhaps bring some sturdy gloves too. The weather will be mixed so please dress appropriately – sun hat & waterproofs.

Where is it? The Regatta site is located just outside Streatley on the Berkshire bank of the Thames. By Car: Leave Streatley heading North on the A329 Wallingford Road, keep right where a side road forks left to Blewbury, go through a road calming width restriction and 100 yards further on turn right down a farm lane which will be clearly signposted REGATTA. The postcode at the top of the farm lane is RG8 9PU. Follow the farm lane down to the river and this will take you to the regatta site.

Who can I contact is I have a question? Brian Barnes will be on site.

What if I have volunteered for regatta day too? You would have (or will be) receiving an email from Stuart. We will have a safety briefing on Sat morning at 8am in Race Control. If you are available then please join us. We will cover some key safety action.

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