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9 Things to do for the New Rowing Season

It’s that time of year when the northern hemisphere starts winter training and the southern hemisphere schools begin … read more

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It’s that time of year when the northern hemisphere starts winter training and the southern hemisphere schools begin their summer programme.

 We have pulled together a check list of things to do for a rowing club at the start of the season:

  1. Sweep out the boathouse – yep, dusty and dirty it is and spick and span it will be
  2. Put away those riggers lying on the floor between the boat racks.  Maybe get a hanging rack for wing riggers.
  3. Service ergos – you can do it yourself instructions for C2 and for RP (page 12-13)
  4. Service boats – make a list of minor repairs needed for each boat.  We used a check-list for every club boat.
  5. Service cox boxes
  6. Check the rigging – span, pitch, heel restraints, oarlocks aren’t too worn, make sure slides won’t cut anybody if they have lost their rubber end stoppers.
  7. Buy an indelible marker and re-label things – oar lengths (use white electrical tape around the shaft and write the length:inboard), seats (name of boat and seat number), label the racks so the correct boat goes on the correct rack
  8. Coxing wires, coxless boat steering wires, steering shoes – check they all work and wires move freely- add WD 40 lubricant if needed.
  9. Coaching boat motors – get it serviced, check the oil.

We used to have a barbeque afterwards as a bit of a social and to reward the hard work – the committee paid for the food and we brought our own drink.

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