Throughout the year there are days that are recognised for various groups / actions etc.

One that we all are part of, whether we choose to celebrate or not is ‘Volunteers’ Week’. Most clubs and the CPGA are run purely on volunteer’s time and over the last year it has certainly been a difficult one for many.

So, a simply ‘thank you’ often goes a long way to make people feel appreciated. It might be someone cleaning out the gig / gig shed / container, one person who is always the first to volunteer to help in some way. So please just take the time over the coming week to thank those that do make life a little easier for all.

Take a look at the website and see if there is just one thing that you can do to celebrate everything that all volunteers do, then please do it.

Volunteers’ Week – Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. (

All clubs must appoint a safety officer. The named person needs to have their details logged with the CPGA. Many over the recent year have changed, therefore please can ALL clubs complete the following.

Safety Officer details

As you will have read in the COVID Update, a COVID officer is needed by clubs. Many will probably assign this task to the safety officer. Please make sure that they are aware of the potential task before assuming that they will take on this role.

Deadline for completion, prior to any regattas this season, so 3rd July currently.  

Returning to Competition
We all look forward to potential regattas later this year, hopefully as per the latest fixture list, but this is dependent on the road out of lockdown.
One key fact is that all clubs will need a COVID officer (if not already appointed) who is the point of contact for your club. This person will keep your clubs track and trace information as required for 21 days of those attending any regattas. This person will also liaise with the Regatta COVID officer if there is a need / likewise the Regatta COVID officer will liaise with the Club COVID officer if needed.
We will be sending out some information asap.
Please therefore begin to think about some key questions:

  • Who will be your designated COVID Officer?
  • How are you going to increase hygiene at the event?
  • You will need to have sufficient volunteers to run the event, your volunteers might have changed as a result of COVID.
  • How many clubs / crews / boats can you accommodate and still be COVID secure?
  • You will need to carry out a specific risk assessment that puts in place the appropriate plans for COVID.
  • You will need a test and trace QR code set up for the event.

General Rowing

Please remember to follow the guidance. Do not become complacent and remember social media is a positive and a negative tool.
The guidance remains – clubs should keep the same crew rowing together wherever possible to minimise the number of different close interactions rowers will have with each other. Whilst not termed ‘rowing bubbles’ the principle is the same.

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.

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) this has been a requirement since the 20th September 2020 and continues to be.

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

For most clubs’ trailers have not 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.


Thanks to those who have submitted, they should be up and running now. If you have not checked your web address, please do via the link.
Please check the following link to the Club websites page on the CPGA site. 
If your club’s website is not correct, please use the link to submit an update of the web address or send an email to stating your club website address.

The IOS World Championship committee have updated their website regarding World Champs 2022.

Please complete the necessary info as required.
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Title                                       Date / Deadline                      Venue / Action
Rowing Reg 2nd Quarter       30th June                                  Via email
Safety Officer details             3rd July                                     Via link
IOS World Champs 2022       31st July                                   Via link