Goring & Streatley Regatta – 20 July

Goring and Streatley Regatta and River Festival – July 20th
2019

We are now in the final stretch in the lead up to this year’s regatta. Summer
is just around the corner and Goring Gap Boat Club are putting final plans into
action.

For
anyone not in the know the Goring and Streatley Regatta is held just upstream
of Cleeve Lock (nearest postcode RG8 9PU) with the entrance being just off the
A329 Wallingford Road.

At the
time of writing we have 30 crews signed up to take part in the main racing
which offers all day action. In addition, there are other on the water
attractions for adults and children alike; a Crafty Raft Race 
build and enter a raft and then race it with friends and family (enter online
now) – or take part in the Baby Dragon Boat and canoe
races 
(entry on the day). There will also be a chance to “go row” – a
coached taster session for adults.

The regatta also hosts many stalls and other attractions to keep young and old entertained. Bring a picnic or be tempted by one of the food stands. Enjoy the bar and get your toes tapping to live music from Goring Unplugged.

With the
main action taking place between 11am and 5pm, rent a gazebo spot on the river
and make a day of it in luxury!

Entry is
£8 – and kids go FREE this year (16s and under). Parking is free too!

For full information go to gsregatta.com.

Gardening Club

Do you (or your family/friends) like gardening?

The view when we first got access to the boathouse site

The
GGBC Gardening Club takes place on Wednesdays between 11.30 and
14.30. Bring your lunch and we will do an hour’s work on site
before and after a sociable lunch break.

Gardening
sessions will also take place during the monthly working parties from
11.00 – 13.00 on site on the following dates:

  • 10
    August
  • 14
    September
  • 12
    October
  • 9
    November

If you’re interested please let Nick Digby know.

Head of the Dart 2019

A fun weekend away at the Head of the Dart with the GGBC crews. Thanks to Mel, Roger and Alastair for towing the boats and to Jess, Alastair and Nick for coxing. We even had a supporters crew with Don, Em, Alana and Lindsey (and don’t forget our four legged mascot Kaden).

March Mad Dash success

Goring Gap BC put on our March Mad Dash event for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing league event. The league exists to offer fun & friendly competition for recreational rowers and clubs represented were Weyfarers (Weybridge), Eton Excelsior (Windsor), Marlow, 1921 (Sir William Borlase’s School, Marlow) and of course Goring Gap.

Eton Excelsior crew competes over 3000 metre course

Fifty rowers enjoyed GGBC hospitality afterwards

Winners:

Men’s Quad: 1921 in 23’03”
Women’s Quad: Marlow in 19’06”
Mixed Quad: Weyfarers in 16’13”

Racing was in our four new touring boats provided by British Rowing with sponsorship from Charles Stanley Wealth Management.  These boats are available for use by British Rowing clubs in the Thames Valley region to promote recreational rowing and are ideal for recreational rowers being more comfortable and stable than traditional ‘fine’ racing shells.

The wind was pretty lively, so it was hard work for the crews on the three kilometre course upstream, but all the entrants successfully completed the event and enjoyed the hot food and drinks offered from GGBC’s new boathouse.