2021 Once again as we approach the end of the year, we tend to look back as well as forward.

We can only hope that 2022 sees a return to a gig rowing / racing season in something like the form that we have previously seen.

We can at least be grateful that we have been able to have some time on the water and racing for some.

Thanks to all clubs who have worked hard throughout 2021 in getting members afloat, in what have been trying times.

Thanks to all for the support that you continually give each other. Here’s to 2022. 
We are all aware that there is now a significant increase in covid infections.

Currently sport is allowed to continue, but please be aware that should any restrictions be imposed, as the CPGA / clubs we should be ready to react accordingly.

For several clubs with the increase in infection rates, they have decided to make the Christmas and New Year period a natural break. 
We continue to recommend the following below.

With a significant rise in covid infections and the new variant, 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 now commonplace task for many, we would suggest that this is encouraged by clubs prior to any training session, in addition to, for many completing for work purposes. As well as reminding all members, that should they show a positive test do not attend training or if they show symptoms to not attend training.

Coxes may wish to return to wearing protecting eg face shield, eye protection, mask when coxing.

For CPGA clubs we offer the following guidance:

With cases of Covid 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/ boosters, age groups, those continuing to wear masks etc

For more information, please visit

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


As the weather turns, please remember to make sure that your risk assessments are up to date.

Safety needs to be a priority, and can we remind all that a gig is a coxed boat. Going to sea without a cox is not an option. The rudder / yoke lines need to be controlled by the cox in the coxing position, remember the cox is in charge of the gig and crew.  

Some quick reminders – coxes need to be wearing lifejackets at all times, launching & recovery, emergency action, ever changing risk assessments to name a few.


Thanks to those who have already voted, remember you can vote weekly. Please continue to support this activity.

The CPGA has been nominated to be part of the Asda Foundation Green Token Giving online vote through the Asda store at Bodmin, Cornwall. 

The vote went live on the  (01/12/21) and voting will close at midnight on Monday 31st January 2022.

All can vote for the CPGA by visiting www.asda.com/green-tokens and selecting Bodmin from the drop-down box. Supporters will be able to vote once every seven days, so please do return and revote in the following weeks. You can vote via a computer and a mobile device, so possibly two votes in one week.

Let the voting begin and thank you in advance for your votes. 


All information regarding the AGM has now been sent to your CPGA contacts. They have been asked to share with all club members.

Any one who has not received this information (club contact) please email secretary@cpga.co.uk


Thanks to all who are updating or simply sending an email saying no change.

The final quarter register is due by the 30th December 2021.

If as a club there have been NO changes to your register since the 30th September, please let us know that by simply sending an email to secretary@cpga.co.uk

If there are additions etc, please submit your register by the 30th December, 2021.


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

Open now for registration with a closing date of 31st December, 2021.  

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.

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.


Thankyou to all clubs who have completed the shipping information. If there have been any issues, you have been contacted.

If you have registered for the championships but not registered for shipping, please get in contact with secretary@cpga.co.uk asap.


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


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

Torpoint Rowers


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.

Title                                                  Date / Deadline                  Venue / Action
Rowing Reg 4th Quarter                   30th December                        Via email
IOS World Champs Registration      31st December 2021               Via link
CPGA CIO AGM                               16th January 2022                   Via Zoom