Club captain Marianne writes: It’s ages since I did a Captain’s report. Life and all that! A couple of things to update you on.
If you’ve been in the Shed lately, you’ll have noted the incredible refurb work that’s been going on. Led by Douglas and Mark, the team has included many contributors carrying out considerably more extensive work than first anticipated. It’s already clear it’s going to be worth it. I hear that we will all have to row in our baffies for fear of spoiling the paintwork!
Forgive me for not mentioning everyone here for fear of missing someone out, but you will have your moment in the sun when the boat is done. I feel a shed party coming on!
Commissioning of new oars
We’re bringing this work, which has involved extensive testing and informal surveying, to a conclusion. Thanks to all involved, but particularly Douglas, Alan D and Louise, who will lead on the commissioning with Frank in NQ.
You’ll have seen May’s message re our updated kit shop. May has worked really hard with our supplier, Superlogo, and has resolved most of the previous issues. You’ll see a new addition, a white top with our logo in red, cheryfully described by Dónal as our ‘away kit’!
Please talk to May about the shop, but a huge thank you to her for taking this forward.
Thanks to Steph and Anne P for leading on our recent members’ survey. It will help inform the work of the Committee and make sure we’re able to shape the club in the way you want.
The SCRA calendar is beginning to fill up and we’ll shortly start posting event notices for you to sign up to. As ever, if you are a tower, please help us get to these events. I know it is a big ask of a few people.
The Committee is considering holding our own regatta again. We know it’s a popular one with the coastal rowing community. We will need all hands on deck to help us run it. More details to come.
Just a reminder about the type of club we are. In a word – inclusive. That means we are as open to all members as possible, any member is able to call a row (subject to securing a skipper), and we try and make sure everyone gets out. That means everything from supporting social rowing to putting calls out to the whole club.
There are so many of you who contribute to the running of the club. You do so quietly and without any expectation of reward or recognition. We are all very grateful for any small efforts the contribute to club life, from maintenance to taking the rubbish out or doing the dishes. It all helps!
As ever, be mindful that there are always members going through life events, be kind and, of course, enjoy your rowing! The nights are slowly becoming lighter, so let’s look forward to evening rowing very soon!