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Tulip Tour 24/04/15

19 Weyfarers had a great time in Holland on 24/25 April.  We had a day rowing round the canals in the centre of Leiden in glorious sunshine on Saturday, followed by 30 km through the famous bulb fields of Keukenhof on Sunday (in not quite so glorious weather).  A big thank you to Nigel who did all the organising, Glenn who shared the driving, and of course our lovely hosts at RV Rijnland in Leiden and KRV Het Spaarne in Haarlem.

Head of the Dart 11/04/15

Four Weyfarers crews headed down to Devon for the Head of the Dart on Saturday 11th April.  Roy, Gareth, Joan and Carole, coxed by Ian, won their category in an impressive time of 58 mins 48 secs.  Our friends from Weybridge RC (Judy, Kathy, Cath and Merryn, coxed by Maddie) also won their Women's Masters 4x+ category (NB. Kathy and Merryn started with Weyfarers!).  Full details here

Weyfarers Triumph at Henley!

No, not the Royal Regatta, but Henley Town & Visitors Regatta on Saturday 2nd August.  Our crew, consisting of Graham, Paul, John B, Juliette and Frederique, beat off strong opposition from the RAF and Henley Rowing Club to win the Primary mixed coxed quad race.  Congratulations, especially to the girls, who only started rowing on our April Wey to Row course.

The so-called "recreational" event at Maidenhead Regatta didn't go so well, as our guys and gals were beaten by a vastly more experienced crew from Marlow.

A weekend in Paris

Two crews took part in the "Grand Huit" race at Poissy/Villennes on the outskirts of Paris on 22nd June.  Not for the faint-hearded, this is an 18 km time trial / obstacle course against some serious rowers, including some giants from the Ecole Polytechnique (who won overall).  The mixed crew of Roy, John, Gareth, Lara and Annette came second in their event.  

Charity Raffle

For several years the Weybridge 200 Club, of which several Weyfarers are members, has organised a Christmas Bottle Raffle with the proceeds being divided between the 200 Club and a Charity which helps the Homeless. Last year we raised in excess of £500 and we intend to repeat the initiative this year. I am, therefore, writing to seek your support.

The Charity to which we donate is CRISIS. For those who are homeless, the London based CRISIS provides hot meals over the Christmas period, the chance to shower, have a haircut and health check, receive advice on life changing issues and an introduction to the CRISIS year round services. Many of these things we, in Weybridge, take for granted, for those less fortunate however we are offering welcome support. I have checked again with the local clergy, who have confirmed that this is a charity worthy of our help. With this in mind therefore I would request of you, one or both, of the following:-

1. Donate a bottle to the raffle. Remember that Sangria you bought on holiday but never drank, the bottle of whisky your Scottish cousin gave to you, unaware that you don't drink whisky, etc etc. There will be a box in the Weybridge Clubroom for all donations.

2. Purchase some raffle tickets. The raffle will be held at lunchtime on Sunday 15th December in conjunction with the 200 Club draw. All members both Weybridge and Weyfarers, not just 200 Club members, are invited to attend. A glass or two of complimentary wine will be served, already donated by Weybridge Vice President, Mark Johnson, along with finger nibbles. This is not just a raffle but also an opportunity to share a Christmas drink with other Club members, whilst contributing to a very worthwhile cause. So please put the date in your diary now. It is worth noting that the 200 Club money raised goes toward such projects as the new toilets from which everyone benefits, both Weybridge & Weyfarer members.

If you really cannot join us then please consider purchasing raffle tickets in advance. You will find application forms in the Weyfarers Hut, which along with cash or a cheque, made payable to Weybridge Rowing 200 Club, should be left in the Weybridge Clubroom letter rack clearly marked with my name. Should you be successful in the raffle I will arrange for the collection of your prize and inform you accordingly.

I know that you will be as generous this year as you were last year, and help prove, once again, that Weybridge & Weyfarers are not just rowing clubs but also caring communities.

Yours sincerely,

"Greg" Gregory-Jones
Chairman, 200 Club

River Thames Relay

Starting on Sunday 1 September a journey with a difference will be taking place. Taken from the source of the River Thames in the Gloucestershire countryside, a small bottle of Thames water will be passed down from person to person, boat to boat, travelling all the way through to central London and out to sea making this, the first River Thames Relay.

Weyfarers have three boats entered - you can sign up here

Parking on Whittet's Ait

Following some correspondence from the Whittets Ait Residents Association I would like to draw your attention to parking on 'the Island'.

As soon as you come over the bridge at the end of Jessamy Road you are on Whittets Ait which is a privately owned island. The 8 parking spaces are really for people using the park but a 'blind eye' is turned to us using them for the short periods we do. However if they are full you may not park elsewhere on the island.

Please do not park on the pavements or verges. Note that there are vicious rocks along much of the grass verge because people were doing really silly things, like parking their cars completely on the grass. Take care when manoeuvring your vehicle.

If the parking spaces are full please park in Portmore Park Road or in Thames Street. Do not park in Jessamy Road; there is little enough space there for residents with us being there.

It is the Club's aim to remain on good terms with our neighbours and cause them as little inconvenience as possible. We make particular effort when loading the trailer to do it as quickly as possible and remove it as soon as we are able to do so.

Lock Closure

The Environment Agency have informed us that Shepperton Lock will be closed for maintenance from 4th November 2013 to 14th February 2014.

Jon Beagley

Members will be saddened to learn that our good friend, Jonathan Beagley, passed away on 10th August. Jon was the lynchpin of Weybridge RC's junior section, inspiring dozens of young rowers to achieve success on the water, whilst at the same time enjoying every moment.

Clive and Nick have posted a tribute to Jon on the junior website.

Funeral arrangements will be notified here in due course.

Social Events

We are organising a Quiz Night and supper on Friday 4th October at the Old Crown. Further details in due course.

The Weyfarers Dinner Dance will be on Saturday 23rd November at the Thames Motor Yacht Club in Hampton. Here's the invitation. You can reserve your tickets here.

Walton Bridge Works

The new Walton Bridge is open for traffic, and demolition of the two old bridges is due to commence next Monday, 5th August. This is expected to take eight weeks, and during that time there will be partial bridge closures. Watch out for warning signs and make sure you go through the correct arch of the bridge.

Regatta News

Weyfarers competed in their third fun regatta - Henley Town and Visitors - on 3rd August. We provided the boats for this event, so it was good publicity for the club, and earned us lots of brownie points with British Rowing. Our crew (Roy, Graham, Lara, Alison, Moni and Diana A) won 3 of their 4 races, losing the final round to a much younger (though less experienced) crew from Henley.

Voga Longa

Two Weyfarers crews plus their boats went to Venice to take part in the famous Voga Longa rowing festival on 19th May. This is not a competition, but a "long row" (30 km) across the Venice Lagoon and round the islands, finishing along the Grand Canal. Some 1,700 boats took part, ranging from canoes to touring gigs to gondolas. It was huge fun and very exciting, despite the choppy water conditions and changeable weather. Here are some photos taken by Diana P.

Safety and Incident Reporting

The Club's Incident Reporting guidelines are now available on our Safety page. Make sure you read and remember them!

If you have an accident on the river where someone is injured or equipment damaged, you must report it to British Rowing. All incidents, even near misses, should be reported to our Safety Adviser, Nigel Dawes.

Also a reminder from Nigel to wash your hands after rowing before you eat anything (like our lovely cakes and biscuits!).


Our new Weyfarers kit has been launched. Click here to see the full range.. You can order items directly, you don't have to wait for us to put together a bulk order.

British Rowing Tour

80 rowers and 10 walkers have registered for this year's tour, which takes place from 29th August to 1st September, on Loch Lomond and the Forth & Clyde Canal. Details here

Beginners Rowing Courses

The July course has finished and we are now taking bookings for the course which starts on 4th September.. NEW - you can now apply online.

See our Learn to Row page for full details.

Competency Training

Our training sessions got interrupted due to the bad weather, so we will start again once we are back on the river. Theory sessions will be held every Saturday at 10.30 before the outing, and our coaches will then take you through the practical skills you need. See our Competency page to find out what's involved, and read our Safety page for essential information which you will need for the test.

Sunday Lunch Time Socials

Sunday socials are back on! The next one will be on 1st September.. Come and join your friends for some drinks and free nibbles, courtesy of Greg.