Q. How many races are there in the local rowing season?
A. There are ten championship races and six handicapped races. Some club members also regularly compete in races outside the local fixtures such as Sark to Jersey, Gorey to Carteret and Cherbourg Regatta.
Q. What are the membership costs?
A. A number of membership packages are available dependent on the individual’s requirements. For example a social member is just £9 for the year, or £110 for a competitor wanting to compete in all of the local races and utilise the allocated boat parking in St Peter Port.
Q. What kit do I need to get started?
A. Presuming you are a newcomer and are being loaned a club boat, you will need to provide your own rowing clothing, (t- shirt, leggings/shorts) safety kit (lifejackets, flares, compass etc) and have access to a guard boat if possible.
Q. How long are the races?
A. The shortest race (St Sampsons to St Peter Port) is approximately 3,000 meters and the longest (around Guernsey) is over 40,000 meters.
Q. What types of boats are used?
A. All boats (except one privately owned) are sliding seat, fours, doubles and singles. These boats fulfil the World Rowing Authority’s specifications for Coastal Boats. Coastal rowing is more easily and quickly learnt than Olympic rowing, due to the stability and robustness of coastal rowing equipment.
Q. What classes are catered for?
A. We can offer competition in all classes - men’s, ladies and mixed.
Q. What type of training should I aim for?
A. As in all sports, the more you put in, the more you will get out of rowing. Clearly those wishing to train both in the boat and in a gym will improve quickly. The emphasis in a gym should be Ergometer and weights based.
In the boat the emphasis should be on effective technique and race conditioning. Conditioning in a boat should be over a mixture of sea conditions, calm, rough*, cross–tide.
*Always ensure the conditions are safe.
During the winter months nearly all training is land based.
Q. How much training should I undertake?
A. Ideally a minimum of twice a week in the boat should see a reasonable level of competence achieved during the first year.
Q. Am I too young?
A. The minimum age for competing is 16 years and a coxswain must be at least 14 years of age. In all cases a Rowing Consent Form must be completed by parents/guardians for any individual under 18 years of age
Q. Am I too old?
A. You’re definitely never too old to learn to row. In 2012 in Britain nearly 700 over 50 years old took out membership for the first time. In the GRC we have members still competing at 60+ years and rowing both at home and abroad is increasingly popular.
Q. How do I go about buying my own boat?
A. Used boats do come onto the market, either locally or in Jersey. Alternatively if you want to look at purchasing new, there are a number of French manufacturers.
A limited number of Guernsey designed boats are built to order over winter months.