Category Archives: Club Management

Rowing and Water Safety – learn from Incidents

and Share the Knowledge Around your Rowing Club Nothing puts a damper on our favourite sport of rowing like common accidents on and off the water. Do any of these scenarios sound all-too-familiar? Slipping in water puddling off boats fresh from the river Dropping boats and breaking them Collisions on the water between boats (watch […]

How to write a Strategy for Rowing Clubs Part 1

It’s nearly time for the quiet “off season” for many northern hemisphere rowing clubs. Use this time to reflect on how you want your club to be organised and run for next season. Rowperfect met John Parker who is former Chief Executive of Sport Waikato, New Zealand and asked him How should Clubs write a […]

Corporate Rowing – Team Building with a Difference

In today’s economic climate businesses are constantly looking for ways to get the most from their employees whilst saving where possible. Team building is often trotted out as a simple solution to bind the workforce together but more often than not it’s one of a few activities such as paintballing, heading to the pub etc. […]

Rowperfect Oar Carrier – a new kid on the dock

All dates back to my experience at the WRC in Linz. I saw the big mess of oars. At the dock, at the boats, in dirty grass. They were everywhere. The only exceptions: The Aussies. They had it organized perfectly: with  oar carriers. They were standing in the boat house, properly stored and loaded with […]

How to choose a rowing club

I have been coaching a young athlete who has ambitions to row at the Olympics – one of the things we discussed what how to find the right rowing club for her to join. Setbacks and red herrings I was very frustrated by being asked for advice (which club to join) only to find that […]

How to get more rowing boats in your boathouse

It’s that time –  you are planning your new boat park for 2019 and you find out: you cannot fit any more boats into the boathouse.  Is there a long term strategy you can follow to improve the situation to get more boat in the boat house without rebuilding? 1 – Do an audit of all […]

Boathouse Working Bee

rowing boat house with racked boats

Our club decided that the boathouse was looking shabby, the gear was not well cared for and we were frankly embarrassed to greet visitors. Time for action – our training group decided to run a working bee every Wednesday from 5.30 – 6.30 pm until all the jobs we wanted doing were complete. Running a […]

Get ready for the new season

get ready, new rowing season preparation

Hooray it’s time to go rowing again!  In the northern hemisphere the autumn is time to get going in big boats ready for fall head racing and long distance training. But wait, your rowing club needs work first The equipment maintenance plan is essential to do first – before anything else. So set about organising […]

Regatta commentary, regattas really glisten when it’s fun to listen

Commentators can turn a good race into a ‘cracker‘. It’s so important to be prepared, have some background knowledge and good insights. That’s one aim of FISA’s international regatta commentary team.  Paul Castle* is one of the team and maybe the most prominent. His skilled and multilingual regatta commentary is known from Olympic and World Championships.  […]

Using a Container for Rowing Boats

Rowing boat storage Shipping Container

Can you help the Prairie Fire Rowing club with some research? They want to know if anyone is using shipping containers for boat storage! Shipping Containers for Rowing Boats What are the advantages or disadvantages. Help Canadian club Prairie Fire make choices for boat storage. Our club in Canada needs to find some new boat […]