Following a request for opinions on the AGM of 2022, it has been decided that the AGM will take a zoom format. 

The AGM will be on Sunday 16th January 2022. All information will be sent as required before Christmas. 


Throughout the year clubs are asked to submit rowing registers. Due to covid we all know that competitive rowing has been limited over the 2020 and 2021 season, but many clubs have, when able, used the time on home waters to increase club membership.

With the exception of one club, who have yet to submit a September register, the information below is as per rowing registers submitted. 

The positive news is that 51 clubs have seen an increase in their membership throughout 2021 to date. 

1 = Clubs who have increased membership
2 = Clubs whose membership is equal to March 2021
3 = Clubs who have lost between 1 – 10 members
4 = Clubs who have lost more than 10 members
5 = Club yet to respond

Club size does obviously vary, but to give you an idea of the range of club sizes, please see the graph below. 


Still waiting for the club listed below. 

If you are listed below, please send your register asap, it was due on the 30th September. 

  • Torpoint Rowers


The time has come to submit the name of your gig(s) that your club intend to take to the Champs 2022 and the order to be shipped if more than one gig.

As you can appreciate to make the shipping as fair as possible many variants are taken into consideration eg number of GRP boats at home, number of gigs at home, etc.

Please do not register your gig(s) for shipping until you have registered your gig(s) for the event. If you are unsure if you are registered, check here Has My Club Registered?

Register your gig for shipping here. 

Deadline for completion is Monday 20th December, 2021.


Open now for registration with a closing date of 23rd December 2021. 

You can now double check whether your club has registered by visiting this link. Has My Club Registered?

Please note that if you are entitled to enter more than one gig, you can do this via the registration link, just follow the instructions on the Registration page. 

Information about booking your travel via IOSSC has been sent to all clubs via a mailchimp update, an individual email has also been sent to each club with your club’s specific discount code. 

If as a club you are not attending and previously indicated you are not attending, you will not receive a code. If you are no longer attending as a club, please do not use the code, but get in contact asap with the secretary@cpga.co.uk  Likewise, if you are now attending and need to have a code, please get in touch. 

A reminder from the IOSSC  – Please can you remind all of your club members (included in the email – IOS Gig Championship 2022 Travel Information)

For the 2022 IOS World Championships there is a unique discount code that is being supplied to your main club contact. It is important that before you attempt to book you have received this code and are ready to input.  

There is a code that each main club contact is being sent which you need in order to gain the discount. This must not to appear on any social media / websites and any abuse of the code will result in the club members loosing potential discounts in future years.


Thanks to those who have already supported using this link.

If you purchase anything from Amazon, please do so via the link and the CPGA do get a donation.  Get shopping Amazon Smile.

This can also be applied when purchasing via a mobile app. 


Just a heads up, there are three new driving laws. Just double check your own licence as fines of up to £1000 could be issued for any driving not following them.

Driving licence extensions ending – due to COVID, licences which were due to expire between February and December 2020 were given an automatic 11 month extension. This means that any licences which were due to expire last December will need to be renewed by the end of November. 

Towing changes – changes to towing rules mean anyone who passed their car driving test after 1st January 1997 can now tow trailers up to 3,500kg. under the current rules, drivers who passed after this date had to go through an extra car and trailer test to tow anything heavier. 

The DVLA will automatically update your driving licence record to show you can tow trailers. 

The DVLA has warned drivers can be fined £1000, issued penalty points or banned from the roads if they tow anything heavier before the law changes. 

For more information visit the DVLA website 


Some clubs have seen a good increase in people interested in rowing following the lockdowns etc. 

If you have some new people to the club and they haven’t been active before, this link to Sport England – Getting Active – Join the Movement might be a great tool for both a club and an individual.


As more people have returned to rowing and clubs become the hive of local activity again, please remember to refer to the CPGA policies. 

Some quick reminders – coxes need to be wearing lifejackets at all times, submission dates for rowing registers, safety, ever changing risk assessments to name a few. 


Active Partnerships are based locally eg London Sports, Energise Me, SASP, Active Cornwall, Active Devon, Active Dorset etc. 

Each partnership gives up dates on a regular basis and it is worth registering a main contact on the distribution list.

Check out your partnership here.


Take a look, might be that you can apply as a club for one of these small grants. 

Key Info:
Awards of £300-£10,000 are possible:

Awards are to help with essential changes to services or facilities and for new projects responding to the need to offer alternatives as a result of the pandemic.
All applications should be focused on responding to the effects of the pandemic.
Applications should be in line with the government’s national and local guidelines at the time you apply.
Applications can be received by not-for-profit organisations.
The programme will remain open until the end of 2021.

Sport England – Return to Play – Small Grants – link

Additional potential funding – Sport England Return to Play – Active Together.


There are still a number of covid infections within the population, we recommend that when in close contact e.g. launching / loading a boat / enclosed space e.g. gig shed – masks are worn. We also recommend where possible to keep social distancing. 
Lateral flow tests are becoming a common place twice weekly task for many, we would also suggest that this is encouraged by clubs for those who might not necessarily have to complete a test for work purposes. As well as reminding members that should they show a positive test, do not attend training or if they show symptoms to not attend training. 

For those attending any regattas – you are being asked by the host clubs to complete various tasks before attending. Please help the clubs by working with them and completing as asked by the deadlines. 

Monday 19th July was the day that restrictions were lifted legally. 

For CPGA clubs we offer the following guidance: 

With cases of Covid again rising, we encourage clubs to maintain a Covid secure protocol.

•    Wash / sanitize hands regularly
•    Do not row / visit your club / regatta if you or anyone in your household are showing signs of covid
•    Encourage individuals to take lateral flow tests (still free of charge) if they are not already for their work
•    Continue to monitor with a Club QR code or the clubs method of track and track, or continue with the NHS QR code
•    Respect the rules set by your club and help yourself, club members and public stay healthy
•    Follow rules set out by your club to keep equipment and facilities clean
•    Be kind to your club committee who are giving their time to ensure all are safe and rowing can take place

Social distancing no longer remains at 2 metres, but as a club you need to decide what you are happy with amongst members / as a committee. 

Likewise, indoors, close contact when lifting gigs, confined spaces etc housing for a gig, clubs may wish to consider a policy regarding face coverings. 

You may wish to set crews according to their wishes eg those that are double jabbed, age groups, those continuing to wear masks.

For more information, please visit 

How to Stay Safe and help prevent the spread 
Managing COVID – 19


Title                                                Date / Deadline                Venue / Action
IOS Shipping Info                           20th December 2021        Via link
IOS World Champs Registration    23rd December 2021        Via link
Rowing Reg 4th Quarter                30th December                 Via email
CPGA CIO AGM                            16th January 2022            Via Zoom