Junior Newsletter – March 2012
Well the Regatta season is almost upon us. Now is the time that all the winter gym training becomes
worthwhile! Just a few points to go over this month – some of which you will have heard before!
BRITISH ROWING MEMBERSHIP
As the regatta training season is close it is important that all those who are competing have British
rowing membership. This can be obtained from the British rowing web site:-
http://www.britishrowing.org Details of membership can be found under the “About Us” tab. You
will need to apply for Gold membership which costs £22 or £13 per year dependant upon age and is
free for the first year in some cases. You will not be able to row in the regattas this summer without
this membership. Once you have received your membership, please pass your card to Andy Wiberg.
We have found that it is easier to hold all the cards in one place as this prevents someone turning up
to a race without their card.
If you already have a card, Andy checks periodically for those that need renewing – however you will
receive a letter from British Rowing to state that the card needs renewing. Please renew and pass
the new card to Andy when you have done so.
With only a third of the availability slips for regattas returned, we need to review the way that we
obtain rowers availability for regattas. We do not want anyone to miss out on the chance of racing.
Having reviewed this we are to resort back to an availability list which will be put on the junior
noticeboard in the club house by the end of March. Please update this list with your availability/non
availability as soon as possible. The races we will be entering will also be on the junior section of the
website by this date. We will use this list to select crews for races. If you do not make yourself
available for a race you will not be entered. Please remember that entries for races need to be put in
some time before the actual race date (at least a week and in some cases it can be 2 weeks before
the race date) Do not assume that you can mark yourself as available close to the race date and still
get a race.
MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT &SUBS
Just as a reminder, there is a cost associated with racing – both for being in the boat and also a
towing fee for the trailer. This varies between races but can cost about £9 for racing + £5.50 for the
trailer and this will be deducted from your club account. Club membership fees do not cover any
racing fees so please remember to review your account regularly and pay additional sums into the
account to cover any racing fees. If an account goes too much into the red then you will not be
permitted to race until payment is received. I will be reviewing account balances on a monthly basis.
If anyone wants more information on how this works and how to check your account please have a
chat with Andy or Gillian.
It has been decided to increase the Junior membership fees. As a registered charity the club makes
no profit from any membership fees and all fees go back into the daily running of the club – rental of
clubhouse, boat maintenance. Launch maintenance, Insurance etc. The increase in revenue will be
used solely for the juniors and will allow us to obtain further coaches to cover more of the water
sessions and provide a more structured training programme. From May the junior subs will now be
£17 per month (family membership will be adjusted accordingly) Attached is a standing order form
which we would be grateful for you to complete and return accordingly (this form is different to that
on the website as it has been updated to reflect the new rate). Any queries on this please contact
KEEPING IN CONTACT
We use a variety of methods to cascade information – the junior section of the website, the
noticeboard in the clubhouse, social networking sites etc. Whilst every effort is made occasionally
messages do not get through to all. Please ensure that you have contact details of others that you
train with so that you can arrange to be at sessions together and so that you can help in cascading
In addition to this we are going to try emailing relevant information. In order to do this we need to
ensure that the details we have for you are correct and that you are happy for us to use this method
of communication. Attached to this letter is a form for you to update with your latest details and for
you to let us know which email to use – if any. Please complete this and return asap.
Just a note on the website – we do try to update this frequently and include all details of training etc.
Going forward we will attempt to review this and update on a Monday evening with all information
relevant to the following week – so do keep checking this.
OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY
You may have seen in the news that the Olympic flame is arriving in Bristol on Tuesday the 22nd of
May. The Junior section has been asked, and readily accepted, to be involved in its procession along
the docks for 500 yards prior to its arrival at the Lloyds amphitheatre. Whilst still subject to a final
risk assessment it is almost certain this will now take place.
More details of the afternoon/evening will unfold but in brief the Juniors who can, will be required
at the boathouse at around 2:30 on the afternoon. They will “race” in 4 crews past the Amphitheatre
and back at both 4pm and 5pm to “show off” their skills. All Juniors (we have reserved space for 10
boats), will then proceed through Princess street bridge at 6pm to await the flames arrival circa 7pm.
The flame will come onto the water at Redcliffe street bridge and be closely shadowed by two ferries
with our children directly in behind (followed by Gigs and canoes).
The shadowing will only last circa 10 minutes whereupon the kids may row back to the boathouse.
There will be a large BBC presence.
There will be a full dress rehearsal for the event from 10:30am on Sunday 15 April 2012. As a
consequence the Junior section will not be attending the Abingdon regatta. In conclusion then
please put these two dates, 15 April and 22 May, into your children’s diary and get them to confirm
availability on the list on our Clubhouse notice board.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS.