Current status

Finally after 6 months of flooding and lockdown, we are back on the water. Unfortunately we are still very restricted.

We cannot restart club sessions or have events or social gatherings.

Only the following are allowed:

  • Private singles, doubles or canoes
  • Club singles
  • Club boats with all rowers from the same household

Richard Berkley is running single sculling coaching sessions. Please email Richard if you are interested.

Safety rules

  • If you do not feel well, or have come into contact with anyone showing Coronavirus symptoms, do not use the club and self-isolate.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive at the club and maintain good personal hygiene whilst at the club
  • Wash your boat before and after each session, including disinfecting oar handles and key touch points (gunnels, riggers, gates, fastening nuts on foot-boards, blade handles, seats, hatch-covers etc)
  • No more than 2 people in a bay at any one time
  • Observe the 2 metre rule inside the boat house, on the forecourt and on the pontoons
  • Do not stay at the boathouse after a session for longer than needed.

Family picnics are not yet appropriate.

Please keep the forecourt clear at all times as construction work access may be required.

We are considering ways of getting more members on the water within British Rowing’s current COVID-19 guidelines, including use of the punts and gigs, but they are out of bounds for now.

John Fawthrop

We are sad to report that John Fawthrop passed away last Sunday.

John was always smiling and a pleasure to be around. He gave a lot to the club and the regatta over many years.

We were extremely fortunate to have John’s experience, composure and competence as treasurer for five years.

John rowed at Tiffin School and Kingston Rowing Club. After that he was one of the founders of Warwick University Boat Club. Later he rowed at London Rowing Club.

A true gentleman. He will be sorely missed.

We will pass on the details of the memorial service.

Full shutdown of club rowing

Yesterday British Rowing sent out advice saying:

British Rowing advises that all Affiliated Clubs should cease all club-based activity as soon as reasonably possible tonight and not reopen tomorrow until further notice. This advice will be reviewed, on an ongoing basis, in line with Government guidance.

Therefore we have decided to shutdown the boathouseĀ completely until further notice.

COVID-19 update

Given the latest government advice about the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee have to announce a partial shut-down of rowing activities.

British Rowing has announced that it is cancelling or postponing all its supported events until at least the end of April. We have cancelled the Mad March Dash and the next Learn to Row course.

Until further notice we are running no club sessions, events or social gatherings

We are still allowing:

  • Private boats
  • Club singles
  • Doubles and pairs of people in the same household
  • Rowing machine sessions

We will review the situation constantly.

Please contact the club chair if you have questions.