Covid-19 and club subscriptions

Club Treasurer Marion writes: The Committee has agreed to defer payment of subscriptions which would have been due from the 1st April, until the beginning of whichever month it is agreed that rowing can  recommence. At that time the amount will be reduced pro rata, ie if it was August then only 2/3 rds would be due. Hope you are all keeping well.

A toast at Port Laing on Dónal’s birthday row in March last year.

Barbara here. Rowing may be out for the duration, but QRC’s club spirit endures. Val has organised a few virtual gatherings via the Zoom app and they’ve been a lot of fun. The one in the photo was organised to help Lesley celebrate her birthday, hence Val’s glorious hat and Keith’s raised glass. In the bottom left corner you can just make out Jennifer’s pile of beautifully chopped veg, ready for the chicken stir-fry she was making. On another chat, people showed off their cats.

It’s free and reasonably easy to set up:  The phone app is available in the appropriate app store.

A QRC WhatsApp group has also been set up – 32 people in that so far. Admins are Dónal, Anne P, Keith, Marianne and me, email any one of us to join that once you’ve installed the app on your phone.

Now that most of us are restricted to one walk/cycle per day for exercise, the internet – especially YouTube – offers a lot of inspiration for those keen to keep up their fitness ready for a return to rowing.

First up, a pep talk from the Mayo Clinic.

Getting serious now: keep-fit exercises for rowers without a boat or a rowing machine.

Planking is excellent for the core.

And here’s a twenty-minute workout with no equipment.

Finally, a shout-out to all those club members who, as essential staff, are still out there working. Thank you all.

Nurses wearing virus detection equipment back in 2014.