Featured Gig Club :: Weymouth Rowing Club

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Club Name: Weymouth Rowing Club

Clubhouse/Gig Shed location: Nothe Parade, Weymouth, Dorset

Gigs Currently owned: Sir Tristan, Penny, Isolde and Tristan.

Gig colours: Green/Varnish, Yellow and white.

Date(s) they were built and builder(s): Sir Tristan (2001) – Alan Hanger, Penny (2002) – Alan Hanger, Isolde (2008) – Dave Currah and Tristan (2010) – Dave Currah.

Any other history about the boats (other clubs owned, etc.)?:

Lasting memorials to Tristan Douglas-Johnson and Simon Penny.

Number of Club Members: Currently 116.

Longest-standing members: Heddon Johnson, Andrew Goss, Alan Hanger, Duff and Wendy Pearce, Sarah and Helen Lee.  Jon Hardwick.  Caz, Emma and Steph Drever.  Graham Noble. Kurt Docksey.

When was the club started?: December 2000.

How has the club progressed since then?: Boatshed built by club members in 2002-3, extended in 2006.  Increasing membership.  Hopefully helping to encourage new clubs (Swanage, Bristol, Lyme Regis, Ilfracombe, Portland and Bridport).

Best ever results in the Worlds?: 12th (men) – 2010, 23rd (ladies) – 2008, 13th (ladies vets) – 2009, 5th (men’s vets) – 2007.

Any other (gig-rowing!) notable achievements?:

  • Friendly club – everyone welcome
  • Penny and crew of ladies members were chartered to appear in the film “The Boat that Rocked” in 2008
  • Safety Boat the “Davy Jones” was launched in 2008 – built by Andrew Goss.

Any annual events you organise?:

  • Regatta – held on the first weekend of July as part of the Spirit of the Sea Festival (Olympic Legacy event). This event is held on the Nothe Gardens, which has spectacular views of the racing, with top notch hospitality, a Saturday night party and the opportunity to experience a Weekend of Weymouth’s night life!
  • End of Season Ball
  • Summer Garden Party
  • Christmas Party
  • Wine Festival (bi-annual)

Do you have a juniors section?:  Yes

How do you select your racing crews?: Committee of Rowing Captains and Club Coaches.  Criteria – rowing ability, fitness, strength & power in the boat, team spirit and trim of the boat.

What month do you select your teams for Scilly?: February (aka the sulking season)

Club website address: www.weymouthrowingclub.org

Contact for newcomers: Christine Barsky (01305 812666) or 07787 500673

Anything else you think we should know about your club?!:

–          Fun is the most important aspect of our Club

–          At the launch of our 4th gig we still managed to forget to put the oars in the gig (half the Men’s A crew had to nip round to the shed during the ceremony)!

Thanks to Helen Laidlow for sending in the above information.

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