Summertime... and the training is easy
Blink and it’s gone. It seems incredible but the regatta season is almost over, with just Talkin Tarn to come on 7th July, then nothing until the re-arranged Chester-le-Street event on 8th September. After that, the heads season kicks off at Tyne and Tyne United on 6th October.
However, that doesn’t mean a summer shutdown for the club... far from it! HRC is in the happy position of having a backlog of prospective rowers just itching to get the chance to join our Learn 2 Row courses.
Now that regatta training will be on the back burner for the moment, experienced (and not so experienced) rowers are being asked to give a little of their spare time to help get these trainees on the water. The volunteers could also be invaluable in giving the newly-qualified L2Rs vital boat-time and coaching as they progress.
Not only do L2R courses bring new blood into the club, they earn us much-needed revenue and show that we are genuinely accessible to all sections of the community, very important for any future applications for grant funds.
If you can help at any time during the long and hopefully hot summer, please contact Susan Rainford or Kevin Oates and give them your availability.
By the way, a warm welcome to Ellen Rutherford, who is our latest L2R graduate. Ellen is so keen that she’s passed her enthusiasm on to her boyfriend, who now wants to join the L2R course!
One of the advantages in having a booming L2R section is that it should be easier to find crews for the Explore Series, the old Sunday League, which comes to Hexham with Splash and Dash sweep races at Tyne Green on Sunday 2nd September. Clubs from all over the region will be arriving to take part in the side-by-side races in stable training boats over a 300 metre (ish) course.
Help is again needed for a whole range of activities from catering and landing stage marshalling to putting up gazebos and coxing , both for Hexham and visiting crews.
Not only is it all great fun, but it also makes a tidy sum for club funds.
Come along, you’ll enjoy it. Registration is at 11:00 am and they aim to start the first race at 12 noon, running through to about 3:30 pm.
An example of what Explore Rowing is all about came this week when a small group of HRC rowers spent an idyllic morning rowing at Durham ARC, along with another group from Tees. They went out in a variety of boats, fours, quads, doubles and singles and conditions could not have been better. Neither could the hospitality, with the event rounded off with bacon buns and cake!
Summer Nights... and Fun Days
Of course, summer fun doesn’t have to be all river-based. The club’s social secretary Elizabeth Waterman has come up with a whole series of events to keep members engaged and entertained right into the Autumn and beyond.
First off is a suggestion that we take a table(s) at a curry night to be held at Whitley Chapel Village Hall , organised by Newcastle and District Beagles. It is £15 a head and takes place on Friday 13th July. Who doesn’t love a good curry night, so let Elizabeth know on email@example.com.
There’s also talk of a walk/cycle ride from Tyne Green to the Boatside Inn at Warden on a Friday or Saturday evening in August. Elizabeth wants to gauge response to this and hear suggested dates.
One event which is a definite date for your diary is a Fun Day to be held at Tyne Green on Sunday 15th September. There will be food, entertainment and some really off-the-wall racing, with both seniors’ and juniors’ names going into a hat to pick crews. More details closer to the event.
Slightly out of the ordinary is a Film Night for club members to be organised in October and which will feature Buster Keaton in “College”, a 1927 comedy classic in which he coxes a US college eight crew.
Club members were asked a few months back if they wanted a formal dinner/awards evening this year. The answer was a resounding “yes”, so the event will go ahead at a venue to be arranged on either Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th November, around the time of the club AGM. Again, watch this space and the website for more details. Again, any ideas or comments would be welcome.
Back to racing, and the comments at this week’s HRC committee meeting were that, while it’s not been massively successful in terms of wins and medals, it has been an incredible season in terms of participation. HRC has been represented at every event, often in force, and the junior section has done really well.
A couple of championship silvers and bronzes, along with the non-championship win at British Masters in Nottingham this month, also added to the club’s profile.
With an eye on the heads season and next year, the club captains want members to think about what they want to do in the future and chat it over with them. This will help them to hopefully accommodate everyone’s aspirations.
Barney Bounces Back!
And finally, those worried about the health of our esteemed treasurer Barney Hawkins, fear not... he’s back at work and even turned up to the HRC committee meeting on Wednesday night, albeit a little sore!
Bit of a surprise for everyone, as his flight over the handlebars of a fixed-pedal bike at Nottingham during British Masters put him in the nearby Queen’s Medical with a collection of badly-damaged ribs. He’s assuring everyone he’ll be back in a boat in a matter of weeks!
And finally, finally...
Barney was able to report that the regatta made a healthy profit of very nearly £5,000 this year, including an amazing £850 on our own catering. Well done everyone who helped make it such a success!