Weymouth Crews Confirmed

Please see below the crews selected by our crew selection committee for Weymouth regatta 28th May 2022.

Ladies A
6.Carrie
5.Megan
4.Nicola
3.Karen
2.Tamsin
1.Kat

Ladies B
6.Angela
5.Sue G
4.Jo
3.Vic L
2.Nikki E
1.Sue R

Ladies Vets
6.Nicola
5.Karen
4.Tamsin
3.Vic L
2.Angela
1.Kat

Ladies SVets
We could potentially enter a super vets crew but we would need to find 2 rowers from elsewhere on the day or have 2 ladies from the vets race row again – these are back to back races and so we need to make sure people are comfortable to do this. We will make this call on the day.

Mens crew for Weymouth
6.Greg
5.Steve
4.Mark
3.Ollie – TBC
2.Ben
1.Craig

Mixed Crew TBC

Any questions or queries don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Nicola
Club Captain

Have your say on which regattas we attend!

The committee are looking to the membership to feedback on which regattas we want to attend this year. By collating your preference(s) the hope is to secure spots at as many of the requested regattas as possible.

Please bear in mind that there are certain logistical and other considerations (e.g. availability of boat towers / rowers / coxes, congestion of fixtures etc.) that may mean we cannot offer all of the below so let us know which ones you really want to see on the calendar.

Poll closes on Monday 16th – so get in there quick!

Weymouth Regatta

The format / timings for Weymouth Regatta have now been released. Will need assistance to unload the boat and row it around to the beach so please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to help with that process.

Racing

Racing will take place around a course in Weymouth Bay with hospitality from
the club on Weymouth Beach (the Pavilion end of the beach) (DT4 8DZ).
Umpires’ and Cox’ns’ meeting 9.15am
Racing starts at 10.00am
These times might be subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the time.

Race Order (This may vary on the day):

Ladies A
Juniors
Ladies B
Men’s A
Men’s B
Ladies Vets
Ladies Supervets
Men’s Vets
Men’s Supervets
Mixed
Prize giving will take place straight after the last race. Please return any trophies.

Gig Launching

Gigs will be unloaded/loaded from the public slipway in the inner harbour (near the Range store on Commercial Road (DT4 8NG) between 8.00am and 8.45am.
Weymouth members will be on hand to assist in loading/unloading.
You will require a cox’n and rowers to row your gig round to the beach. Please take care on the water as traffic in the harbour can be busy at this time of the year.
There are a few local hazards which must be pointed out:

  • The Town Lifting Bridge – stop if red lights show
  • Rowing boat ferries – these cross the harbour just past the Life Boat station and they don’t tend to give way!

Car Parking

There is nearby parking at the Weymouth Pavilion Car Park.

Free water will be available (Bring your own bottle) and we would welcome those attending bringing their own refillable mugs.

Training Pools

The racing sub-committee – Karen, George, Steve and I, have worked together to form a system that fairly enables as many people as possible to get out training in preparation for future races after a considerable period of downtime!

There are currently 27 people looking to train, which is fab: 9 men and 18 women.
As there are only enough men for one training crew, the same rowers will attempt to get on the water every week, to be supplemented potentially by some female rowers, or men not currently signed up for training.

The ladies will be looking to form two training boats at least once a week. To try to ensure people who would benefit from the same type of training, row together, the ladies have been split into three pools determined by the male racing coxes based on historical performance. This is of course subject to change.

Mens Training PoolLadies Training Pool 1Ladies Training Pool 2Ladies Training Pool 3
GeorgeMeganTanyaLiz D
SteveKaty YAngelaJo W
GregNicolaKatNikki E
MarkKarenTamsinSue G
OllieCarrieSarah IKatie H
CraigSarah BVic LSue R
Matt
Jeff
Ben

How will this work?

Each week two ladies boats will go out; Training boat 1 (coxed by George) and Training boat 2 (coxed by Greg). 

Training boat 1 will be made up of all available rowers from Pool 1, and a selection from Pool 2 to make up a full crew. Some rotation of who is called upon to fill in is expected.

Training boat 2 will be made up by the remaining rowers from Pool 2 and completed by rowers from Pool 3, again with some rotation so as many rowers as possible get an opportunity to participate.

We hope this strikes the balance between consistency (allowing rowers to train and develop together) and opportunity (allowing rowers to experience race training with different people and stake a claim to a spot in a crew at future races). We are not training for specific races at this stage so please be accommodating to any movement of rowers that is required, week-to-week.

Crew-Organisation

In order to facilitate this, what has worked well in the past are dedicated crew co-ordinators who support organising the training sessions. Given the flexible nature of this training arrangement we are likely to need more than one person from each of Pool 1 and Pool 2, so if someone is called upon to row in a different boat, they are not required to organise the other session.

WhatsApp has been a useful tool in the past for rapid communication between coordinators and within crews. You can find most people’s contact details within the ‘Contact details’ message board thread on the website.


👉🏻So on that note – Anyone happy to coordinate your pool please forward your names to me ASAP!

Timings

These timings have been chosen to make boat logistics as easy as possible and potentially allows us to have two boats ready for the club session which is helpful. All training rowers should be available, where required, to support the club sessions after training. If you have a good reason to leave immediately following a training row please notify the duty coxswain / session planner.

  • The mens’ allocated training slot will be Saturdays 7-8am.
  • Both ladies’ boats will then train 8-9am.
  • These two Saturday sessions – 7-8am, 8-9am will be the clubs protected training times going forward. These slots can be alternated should crews wish to change them.
  • You WILL NOT be able to organise a training session during Club row protected times which are: – Saturday 9am-finish and Wednesday 6pm-finish.
  • AND any pool co-ordinator can organise an extra session to get a boat out at any time outside of the protected club row times.

Other things to consider

As always, if organising an ad hoc training row please follow the extra session guidance in the handbook. Also avoid making any rower do back-to-back training sessions even if you are short of rowers. We don’t want any injuries or people to be overworked, and one good training session should be plenty!

What we have set up so far is a fluid system that we are expecting to change and adapt going forward but for now is the fairest and most efficient way to get lots of people who want training out on the water & there will always be club rows to book onto too.

If you have any questions or need any clarification please get in touch – and here’s to some awesome up and coming training to look forward to!


I’d like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and a special thanks to all of our coxes and race sub-committee who give their time and energy for FREE, and without whom we would not be able to organise and run any of these sessions. 

See you on the water,

Nicola – Club Captain