We always need new crews to ensure that one of the oldest Regattas in the country can survive.
We currently invite entries for crews from pubs, clubs and port workers amongst others. We also hold mixed and veteran races. This year we are hoping to attract people from all walks of life who just want to have a good time and can keep fit too! We can alter our programme to insert races for any new categories. So if you are in say, the retail trade, this could be a new race – you could find yourselves racing against your retail market competitors!
The rowing training and races take place at Gravesend, on the Thames, in tidal conditions. The boats are four oared and coxed, fibre glass Clayton skiffs, with the sculls being 13ft spoon blades rowed singly. The seats are fixed. Typical courses are approximately 1 mile in length, racing past the promenade, incorporating a buoy turn, and returning to the starting position. Races are held for men, ladies and mixed crews and will include novice races (possibly with shorter courses) for those new to the sport.
Training takes place during the Summer season, from the beginning of April to the end of September, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00pm. We meet at the top of New Bridge, the west end of Gordon Promenade and full training will be given to new rowers. If you have a full crew of four/five rowers (we can teach you to cox too) that’s great but if you don’t just come along anyway and we’ll introduce you to other rowers/coxes to get you started.
For further information or if you have any queries please contact Ian 01474 535022.