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

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Learn to row

The Spring Learn to Row course has been postponed due to the river conditions.  We will continue to monitor the river and will hopefully be sending out  new dates for some time in April or May and will let everyone know.

We miss our rowing!

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Social club meetings

This year we will be meeting monthly on the following dates in addition to our usual rowing. Stay for coffee and a chat!

Sat 25 Jan
Sun 23 Feb
Sat 29 March
Sun 27 April
Sat 31 May
Sun 29 June
Sat 26 July
Sun 31 August
Sat 27 Sept
Sun 26 Oct
Sat 29 Nov
Sun 21 Dec

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No rowing

As you might be aware, river conditions have worsened further over the last week.  Please assume that there is no rowing for the next couple of weeks at least.

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Red boards and no rowing!

The flooding on the Thames this year is not as bad as it was this time last year, but unfortunately it’s still too high and fast flowing for us to row, so Saturday and Sunday rowing is currently suspended.

Hopefully levels will drop faster than they did last year.

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Santa Row Sunday 22nd December 10am – 12am

Sadly – due to river conditions, we’ve had to cancel this year’s Santa Row.

Santa row

Santa row

For the last row of the pre-Xmas season, we have  a morning of delight and delectation planned for you!
The wine will be mulled, the pies will be mince,  the rowing will be novel (backwards, blindfold, carol singing….and much  more).
But that’s not  all……………………………. there will be competitions, great company  and a good excuse not to go Xmas shopping!
All you have to do to join in is wear your santa  hat (or reindeer antlers, or flashing lights, blingy christmassy tinselly  creations) .
We would love to see you there to wish you good  cheer and to celebrate another year of rowing with GGBC.
To make catering easier, please let Sue know if you can come – but if you’re not sure and just want to turn up on the day, that’s fine too.

Date: Sunday 22nd  December
Time: 10am til  midday
Dress code: Santa  Hat

Rowing in winter can be fabulous:

Winter sculling2 Winter sculling
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Looking back – rowing and canoeing summer event

One of our fun events this year was a joint boating outing between Goring Gap Boat Club and kayakers from the Dolphin Club. We swapped boats and all had a go at something different.  Some of us went swimming too!

Kayakers waiting to have a go at rowing in an eight

Kayakers waiting to have a go at rowing in an eight

Explaining where the blades go

Explaining where the blades go

Getting into the boats for the first time

Getting into the boats for the first time

The boats set off

The boats set off

Always helps to have some food on board first

Always helps to have some food on board first

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GGBC Annual General Meeting

The AGM is this week on Thursday 28th at 7-45pm at Goring Social Club, and will include the following –

1/. How the boathouse planning application has developed over the last 12 months, and its current status

2/. The current membership figures and breakdown

3/. A quick review of rowing activity over the last 12 months, including L-2-R courses and squad rowing

4/. A brief review of the Regatta

5/. Confirmation of our current fleet, any acquisitions and disposals over the last year, and any procurement or maintenance priorities

6/. A summary of fundraising activity in 2013 and plans for 2014

Please come along to the Social Club at  1 High St, Goring, Reading, Oxfordshire RG8 9BA

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Rowing through Mapledurham lock

Going through Mapledurham lock

scull in mapledurham lock

Images from our November row down to Reading – didn’t quite make it as far as Caversham Bridge – and it was a bit cold waiting to go though the locks – but it’s nice to be reminded how nice it is to row on a stretch of river with more moorhens than supermarket trolleys.

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