With several questions being raised by clubs about their potential regattas for 2021, we await the updated information from the Government tomorrow (Monday 10th May).

A number of clubs have decided to make their regatta ‘invite only’ for 2021. If your club is going to do this and has yet to notify the CPGA, please do so asap, then when the fixture list is published it will be the most up to date it can be.


For most clubs’ trailers haven’t necessarily be towed for a significant period of time as a result of lockdowns and no regattas.

As we look forward (fingers crossed) to some form of racing this year it is important that not only your gigs are seaworthy but that your trailers are roadworthy.

If you have the expertise in the club, get someone to cast an eye over the trailer for any visual defects, but ultimately for everyone’s safety do get a garage to assess, therefore making sure that your trailer is fully roadworthy and there are no defects.

Final missing registers – if you are listed below you need to submit your form asap. Additional emails have been sent.


 Please note you do need to submit a new register (even if there are no changes from your last submission).

If you do not already have the form, please visit the CPGA webpage and under ‘Forms’ you will see the CPGA Rowing Reg March 2021 form listed.

Thanks to all clubs who have asked about the data and we will give some more detailed insight once we have all rowing registers.

From the info returned to date.

Covid has obviously had an effect on the membership of clubs.

From the 1st lockdown in March until the 29th August rowing was not permitted. Clubs then chose whether or not to return to rowing until again, at the end of December and the 3rd lockdown, rowing wasn’t permitted, only being able to resume on the 29th March.

To date 84 clubs have made returns.

Sixty two (62) clubs have lost members from 2020 to 2021 March.
Of those:

  • Eight (8) have lost over 50% membership
  • Nineteen (19) have lost between 25 – 49% membership
  • Twenty-two (22) have lost between 10 – 24%
  • Thirteen (13) have lost between 1 – 9%

Twenty two (22) clubs have either stayed as they were or increased membership.
Of those:

  • Five (5) new clubs have gained 100% membership
  • Five (5) have stayed as 2020
  • Four (4) have seen growth of over 50%
  • Three (3) have seen growth between 25 – 49%
  • One (1) has seen growth of 10 – 24%
  • Four (4) have seen growth of between 1 – 9%


The IOS World Championship committee have updated their website regarding World Champs 2022.
Please complete the necessary info as required.


Many of you regularly receive updates from your local Sports Partnership as you are registered with them for email updates.

Check out your Active Partnership.


Whilst all signs are looking promising on the road map out of lockdowns, please remember to follow the guidance. Do not become complacent and remember social media is a positive and a negative tool.

To clarify a ‘stern loader’ is a boat where the cox is sat in the stern ie a gig. Therefore, a cox is required to wear both a face covering and eye protection (goggles / sunglasses or a face visor).

Any media needs to be positive and showing that all rowing is following covid protocols. Remember that there are many webcams and plenty of people with cameras who will publish photos. Make sure that anything that your club posts is showing the club is the best possible COVID secure way.

Please revisit your risk assessments regularly and update as needed.

Please do remember that rowing bubbles are still the best way to monitor mixing / tracing etc, rowing cannot return to pre COVID times yet. All of the below still applies. 

Some key points to remember when rowing in COVID secure measures, which is required from all.

  • Social distancing where possible
  • Masks on launch and recovery
  • No changing of crews/cox during a rowing session 
  • No stopping to socialize / turning around during the row
  • Wearing of masks / eye protection / face shields for coxes
  • Cleaning boat and equipment between rowing sessions and after use
  • Contact tracing in place (see Weekly Update 40 for QR codes / NHS tracing)

Remember that the rule of six / two households applies when not rowing and no indoor mixing of different households is allowed. Although dates have been published, for further releasing of the lockdown, please note that they are ‘no earlier than’ and dependant on data.
You might be aware that the Government is now offering free rapid lateral flow tests to all household. This could compliment, but not replace your COVID secure protocols. Please visit the Government website as below.
Further information will be published in due course.
Government Covid 19 Response                                British Rowing Covid 19 Response
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Title                                            Date / Deadline              Venue / Action
Rowing Reg 1st Quarter             OVERDUE                      Via club contact
Monthly Rowing Returns            OVERDUE                      Via link
Fixture List Amendments            14th May                         Via email
Rowing Reg 2nd Quarter             30th June                        Via email
IOS World Champs 2022            31st July                          Via link