Coach: Eleanor Burke firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Rep: Alan Peacock
Friday mornings 09:00 – 11:30am (followed by coffee at a local coffee shop)
A small learn to row group will run on a Friday morning for ages 18-80.
After completing the Adult Learn to Row course members can join in with the recreational rowing squad.
Commitment: Once a week on Friday mornings.
The recreational/non-competitive squad meets on Friday mornings all year round, and often on one weekday evening during the summer months. Some members of the squad also row with other crews, usually in mixed quads and eights, at other times in the week.
The coach Eleanor, is a competitive masters rower who founded the group about 6 years ago. The squad currently comprises 15-20 members that mostly use mixed coxed quads (sculling boats for four people, each with two oars), along with doubles and singles.
Each summer, we try to organise a weekend away: this year, for instance, the squad rowed down the Thames from Wallingford to Henley and Henley to Eton/Windsor over two days, spending a night in Henley. Next year 2017, the squad plans to visit Exeter’s twin city of Rennes for their 150th anniversary regatta.
The squad is made up of a diverse range of people from mid-30s to over-70s, both males and females; most of whom have graduated from the ‘Learn to Row’ courses.
On a typical Friday morning the squad takes out two quads, rotating coxes so that everyone learns to cox as well as developing their sculling. Each session involves some ‘skills’ work and some continuous rowing. We use the river during the summer, and the canal (from the basin to the Double Locks) in winter. Training boats (a quad, two doubles and a single that are wider and more stable than fine sculling boats), are also available and used at the early stages in learning. If there are more rowers than can fit into these, we would also take out doubles and singles. Several members of the squad use their own single sculling boats. From time to time we also have sessions on the rowing machines (ergos).
We are a very sociable group, and enjoy our time together, both on and off the water. If you have rowed before, at whatever level, you are very welcome to come down and talk to us about joining, or taking part in one of the Learn to Row courses that are run throughout the year.
Alan Peacock, recreational vice-captain