© Guernsey Rowing Club LBG 2014
Registered number 43627
Guernsey, GY2 4LH
The Guernsey Offshore Rowing Club is a vibrant club that can trace its history back to 1894. GRC members regularly take part in offshore and coastal regatta’s held at nearby French clubs as well as local races throughout the summer, while the challenging Sure 'Herm Rocks' Rowing Regatta held in Guernsey over three days in the summer, is one of the largest rowing events in the Channel Islands. Participants from Holland, Belgium, France, the UK and near neighbours, Jersey, regularly take part, enjoying a weekend of serious racing of 6km on the Friday, 11km on the Saturday and 6km on the Sunday plus the usual GRC social activities.
The Guernsey Rowing Club in the Channel Islands welcomes all competitors, spectators and guard boat skippers and would be pleased to assist anyone that wishes to visit.
Tom Martel | Captain
Guernsey Rowing Club
The Worlds Challenge race report.
The Worlds Challenge.
Around Guernsey. Sat 15 August @ 11:00
The Guernsey Rowing Club will once again be funding the traditional BBQ at the Imperial Hotel after the 16.5 km Havelet to Rocquaine race on Sat 18 July.
This is an excellent social event and a great way to meet new friends in the rowing club. Can crews please ensure their guard boat skippers are invited.
After the BBQ, members usually continue social activities with a leisurely cycle along the west coast!
This year’s Gorey to Carteret race is on Saturday 25th July. Entry form on JRC website. Times are:-
FRIDAY 24 (English time) :
19:00 : Briefing for security boats from Jersey and Guernsey in Dolphin Pub.
SATURDAY 25 (English time) :
9:30 : Briefing for rowers on the beach.
11:00 : Departure of DORIS boats.
11:30 : Departure of the MENS and LADIES SINGLES, LADIES and MIXED DOUBLES, and LADIES and MIXED QUAD.
11:45 : Departure of MENS DOUBLES and MENS QUAD.
IN CARTERET (French time) :
18:30 : Prize-
From 20:00 : Dinner and concert under tent, in the fishing port of Carteret.
The Rocquaine Regatta has a long and distinguished reputation for fun. A full day (and evening) of free entertainment and activities for both the young and young at heart, including beach and stage events, sandcastles, inshore swimming, sailing, raft races, 5-
The club is intending to run rowing taster sessions for anyone wanting to try the sport. Preliminary dates have been set for Wed 12th and Wed 19th August, both at 6pm.
Further details will be published on the club’s GRC Facebook page. Please like our page and follow us to keep up to date with club and event announcements.
On the evening of Friday 28th August a fun and friendly sprint event will be held. Club boats will be used and crews will be picked by picking names out of a hat. The race course will be 1 or 2 laps of the “BTS” course in Havelet Bay.
It will be fast and furious with the potential of having heats and then a final. This will of course depend on the number of rowers turning up on the day.
Please like and follow the GRC Facebook page to keep up to date with further announcements.
This is an excellent regatta the GRC has had the pleasure of supporting for decades. The weekend consists of two races, usually 8-
Dave Perrio is the local GRC contact and needs to know who is interested in going. Dave will organise accommodation, crews and travel -
If crews have sorted themselves out including accommodation and towing your boat can you please still inform Dave of this so that he can advise Cherbourg of the total numbers.
The 2015 regatta date is 26th and 27th September. Click here to download the programme
No, this isn’t how to behave in public, it’s the art of Slipway Etiquette.
It would be appreciated if all crews could help each other with the launching and retrieval of boats before and after races to help make the process run as smoothly as possible. Many hands make light work, especially when crews are tired after a race or when hauling a heavy club boat up the slipway.
Please also be aware there are many other marine users operating at similar times to us. The MYP area is likely to be congested so please be considerate and allow time for prep and manoeuvre of boats including going with the flow of traffic (clockwise) around the pond.
With the limited amount of space available, please be considerate and use the minimum amount of space possible. If you have a trailer you are not using to store your boat, please remove it rather than take up double the footprint.
This will help ease pressure on a congested area, your consideration for fellow rowers is appreciated.
PLEASE BE AWARE THE MYP GRASS IS CURRENTLY OFF LIMITS FOR GRC BOATS.
CMC (Chiropractic & Massage Clinic), our longstanding supporters and sponsors of the Youth Development men's doubles, offer all Guernsey Rowing Club members a 20% discount on treatments with them.
To make an appointment call 723724 and advise that you are a member of GRC to take advantage of this offer.
The Club is looking for people to help out with timekeeping, scrutineering & race control.
Any rowers, ex-
The Guernsey Rowing Club offers text notifications to all members and guard boat skippers, which is kindly sponsored by Sure. SMS messages are sent regarding race cancellations, postponements, changes and other important notices.
If you have not already registered for this service for the 2015 season (using the membership forms or crew registration forms for guard boats) you may opt in using the form link below.
We will be holding two “Have-
Volunteers that are able to assist on the day are asked to notify Captain Tom.
This year’s pre-
For further details and to book, please complete the form and submit your payment via the below link by Friday 13th March.
We would also very much appreciate donated raffle prizes.
With just a few weeks to go until the first race of the season, crews should ensure their safety kit is in order. Kit will be checked before each race and anyone in breach of safety standards may not be permitted to enter the race. Reputable dealers, such as AB Marine, can assist with checking the condition of your lifejacket and service it if necessary.
For a complete list of compulsory equipment, please click the link below.
Mandatory for all new and previously ballasted boats, the pre-
This will exclude the Club quads.
To help streamline race-
The forms will close at 6pm two days before each race to allow for assessment of guard boat cover which should let us run more races in the face of marginal conditions (but of course we will have perfect weather this year!).
There will be a safety and navigation session for all novice/development crew members at 19:00 on Tuesday 28th April 2015 at the Guernsey Yacht Club.
The Sure “Herm Rocks” Rowing Regatta takes place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. These are some of the most exciting races in the Channel Islands complimented by the hospitality of the local crews and generosity of our sponsor, Sure.
If you relish competitive races with challenging tidal conditions, currents and rocks; enjoy a warm welcome with accompanying social activities; appreciate the serenity of a beautiful environment then this is the place to be!
FINAL CALL for helpers to assist at the MS Rowathon on Sunday 19th April -
Please click on the below link for further event information.
Monday 1st Dec @ 19:00 at the Guernsey Yacht Club
Members are encouraged to attend and vote on any rule changes and election of committee members. This is your opportunity to make a difference and influence the direction of the Club.
There is one confirmed Committee position to fill, please consider whether you might wish to stand and advise Captain Tom by mid November.
All proposals for tabling at the AGM (including rule changes) need to be submitted to Captain Tom or Secretary Cat by 21st November to allow time for the proposals to be circulated and considered in advance of the AGM.
We would like to invite all members and friends of the GRC to rest your weary feet from all the Christmas shopping and meet up for a bit of festive cheer on Saturday 20th December at the Cock and Bull pub from around 4pm onwards.
Carteret Rowing Club are hosting Les Cules Geles a.k.a. The Frozen Bums on Saturday 27th December. This is a great way to work off a few mince pies then of course put it on again with some hot mulled wine after the race.
You can read more on the Carteret Rowing Club website for more information.
Photographers Roy Carré and Gary Ward have been hiding amongst rocks over recent months and have kindly shared their photographs of a number of races.
Click the link below where you can view these recently uploaded pics.
This year’s presentation, dinner and dance will be held at the Duke of Richmond Hotel on Saturday 1st November from 18:00. Dress code is black tie.
The online menu/booking form has now closed.
Can teams with boats located on the grass please move them to their winter homes ASAP. The Club boats will stay put for the Have-
We are looking for volunteers to help tidy up the Club Hut in advance of bringing the club boats into the shed. The shed is in better condition than it has been in previous years so it would be nice to do this on Sunday 28th Sept from 10 to 12.30 or so then go for a bit of Sunday lunch to properly round out the season with a glass of wine and dare I say even a bit of gossip.
The fixture list for 2015 has been approved.
Please note the change to the order of races over the Herm Weekend -
The order window for GRC kit from Godfrey Sports closes at the end of January 2015. Please make sure you order all the GRC branded kit you know you want via the link below.
Please refer to the GRC post regarding the kit collation order process on the GRC Facebook page of 4th January 2015.
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