Captain’s Report to AGM 2018
A year is gone already. I have enjoyed being Captain of the club and with your backing I am ready to carry on. I hope everyone is been happy with the direction we are taking and if there are any issues on your mind then please let me know.
The Club, this year, has entered the usual list of regattas and has been successful on many levels.
We entered the Henley Regatta time trial with two crews and, although we didn’t qualify for the main regatta, the crews showed that we are still competing with the top crews in the country.
Our veterans have travelled far and wide winning medals wherever they launch a boat. Many good results have come as composite crews with Star Club including several in the Munich Championships in July.
Women’s Henley saw Bethanie Moore qualify and race in a very strong field of rowers.
The Junior section has had a very good year starting with the Indoor Rowing Championships in December. They have represented BRC at all the usual regattas, often fielding the largest number of crews at each event, and competed at Holme Pierrepoint in the Inter Regional Championships and the British Junior Championships. Also, for the first time in recent years, they competed at Eton Dorney in the Oarsport Junior Sculling Head (Scullery).
The coaching staff is still in need of extra volunteers. There are a number of volunteers who continue to give their time freely to advise other club members on how to improve. This is on top of trying to have a rowing career themselves. We have a couple of new volunteers this year with the return of Alex Aldred and Mike Biggs but this is not nearly enough. With all the regulations we have to follow for the junior section and the increasing membership we need many more.
This year, with the launch of our new website, we have had a huge number of enquiries for Learn2Row courses. We have realised that we have a waiting list with close to 100 names waiting for us to teach them. It has been decided to run two courses in parallel to try to cope with the extra people. Lynda still runs the courses but my thanks go to Matt Farley and Sara Reay who have stepped up to coach the second course on Sunday mornings. Also some of our senior men have been seen on the bank putting the newbies through some serious exercises on the water. The problem is going to be when these new members finish their course and need to progress to a squad for much needed water time. We need volunteers to help run an intermediate squad.
We have had a few incidents of damage to the fleet over the year but, as always, John Donnison (Boatman John) and Paul Cousins at PC Boat Repairs keep the boats afloat which we are all grateful for. We are investigating the purchase of a double shell to increase capacity and the Juniors have ordered a single scull as the demands on the lightweight boats has increased.
We bought a trolley from Dom Vincent at Swift to hols our training single sculls. This has freed up shelf space which we can “sell” to private boat owners. It may be necessary to invest in another one soon as the demand on shelf space increases.
As I’m sure you have all seen the club bought a large gazebo that we take to regattas. In the first instance this is to provide shelter in inclement weather but also to promote BRC. When pitched, it is hard to miss and we have had many comments made in its praise – money well spent. Any thoughts on our next investments should be made to the committee for consideration.
Forthcoming Club events
Club awards night 5 October 18
Small boats head 14 October 18
Club dinner 16 November 18
Eights and Fours Head 10 February 19