A brief review of club watersports based activity in the last week shows a busy and active club.

Monday – 15 juniors paddling, 16 senior paddling
Tuesday – senior paddlers out training
Wednesday – 9 dinghies out racing, 6 juniors rowing, ladies & men’s crews rowing
Thursday – Slip extension poured
Friday – Fire Brigade squad introduced to rowing at the club
Sunday – Rowing squad for Dalriada Festival Regatta in Antrim training, youth squad from Gourock HS training

During a race start exercise against the Gourock HS youth squad Alex Paterson managed to snap a pairs oar, see below.

Does not know his own strength!!!

Keep this momentum going.

Adam Graham
Rowing Convenor

Monday 18th April was publicised as the first full evening of the 2011 kayak season and what a start.

Five new junior paddlers took to the water with eleven juniors returning from last year, they were joined by fifteen adults and coaches making the total turnout on the evening 31 paddlers. From conversations with the parents it is clear the juniors are very happy to be back.

There were also questions about the juniors attending rowing sessions on Wednesday nights. The club rowing coaches have been made aware and are making arrangements for this.

Great to see everyone back and enthusiastic about the whole club.

Following attendance on a residential course in Wales last September, then practical assessment at Royal West yesterday two of the club rowing coaches, Ian Clark & Adam Graham, have been awarded UK Coaching Council Level 2 Certificates for Fixed Seat Rowing.

The course was run by Welsh Rowing on behalf of British Rowing, who will be issuing the certificates. The assessor, David Thomson, travelled up from SW Wales to carry out the assessments yesterday. He was astounded at the club’s facilities, boats, combination of water sports and history. He has offered any assistance we may need to further develop rowing and coaching at the club as well as in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.

The coaches would like to thank Richard Wills & Ewan Chisholm for thier assistance with the rescue boat yesterday, the willing crews that formed part of the assessment and Inverclyde Sports Council for thier financial support throughout the course.

Rowing training will commence formally on Wednesday 20th April @ 18:00. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend. It is our initial intention to train on Wednesday evenings and Sundays.

Adam Graham
Rowing Convenor

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