Before the Season
Because of the way the racing season is structured, the best time to start thinking about joining is, paradoxically, in the "off season" months between September and April.
We suggest you come along to a Taster Session (advertised via this website and our Facebook page) where you will get some initial training and meet other novices. If you decide you want to carry on you have the option of teaming up with other novices, applying for a club boat and starting your own crew. The Club owns a number of quads and doubles which it preferentially loans to first-time rowers.
As of 2016, the Club has a structured induction programme through which qualified coaches provide all the knowledge you will need to get started. Experienced members are always on hand to get you started at the beginning of the season.
During the Season
If you decide to take up rowing during the rowing season, it can be harder as a novice to join an established crew but certainly not impossible. We suggest you come and watch a few races to get to know some crews. We also have a dedicated Facebook group where you can state your interest/availability to take up rowing if any crews need a new member. Many newcomers or visitors to the island with some experience have been able to join a crew by using this option or have even become a regular team sub.
Should you wish to continue rowing after your first novice year you may be able to purchase a second hand boat if any are up for offer, or, ask the local boat builders for a new build. Alternatively you may be able to purchase a rowing boat from neighbouring clubs in Jersey, England or France.
Most races start from Havelet but there are some races where you will have to get your boat to the start line e.g. The Rocquaine Regatta, Herm Weekend, St. Sampson’s to St. Peter Port.
We do encourage all crews to have their own designated guard boat for various races during the season, especially for some of the longer offshore races. A guard boat is compulsory for every crew for the Sark to Jersey and Gorey to Carteret. For further information please click here.
In addition to the regular after-race results and socials, the Club hold a variety of social events throughout the year including a pre-season trip to Herm and an annual dinner.
The Guernsey Rowing Club is always looking for new sponsors to help support the club's activities and we can offer a range of opportunities from sponsoring individual races to weekend regattas, new trophies, teams and individual rowers. Please contact a member of the GRC Committee to discuss these opportunities.