Local companies in fundraising rowing challenge

On the evening of the 31st of July, twelve crews of novice rowers from local organisations will put their team work to the test in the third Plymouth Rowing Challenge.

The crews will be racing Cornish Pilot Gigs along a straight line course in the Cattewater, starting by Cattedown Wharves and finishing outside the Mount Batten Centre where the event hub will be based.

When on dry land, teams will also be taking part in a team ergo (rowing machine) challenge which will be run by the city’s community rowing coach, Kevin Sellar. Hosted by the Plymstock School Sport’s Partnership, Kevin operates after-school learn to row courses for a wide range of young people from the city.

The Rowing Challenge event has been established by the Plymouth Rowing Forum (PRF) in support of these courses, keeping them accessible by raising enough money to maintain, insure and store the boats and safety equipment, therefore eliminating the need to pass these costs on to the young rowers. The Plymouth Rowing Forum (PRF) is an association of local rowing clubs that works alongside the sport’s governing body (ARA) and Plymstock School Sport Partnership to help support the development of youth rowing in the city.

PRF secretary Stephanie Green said, ‘It’s great to get another Plymouth Rowing Challenge off the ground. The event is a perfect opportunity, not only to raise the funds to keep the after school learn to row courses running, but also to encourage more adults to give rowing a go!’

Racing starts at 1800 on Thursday evening with four crews going head to head in each of the first three heats. Crews from a wide range of organisations are taking part including, Stride Treglown, Wolferstans Solicitors, Hellermann Tyton, Babcock Marine, The Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth City Council, ADPS, Toshiba, EDF and Pell Frischmann.

The PRF is grateful to all those volunteers who are making this event possible, with particular thanks to Cattewater and Caradon Pilot Gig Clubs and Jupiter Point (HMS Raleigh) for the loan of their boats and equipment for the event.

If you would like any more information about the event, the junior learn to row programme or rowing in the city generally please contact Stephanie Green on 01752 232287 / 404567 or email Stephanie.green@plymouth.ac.uk

Plymouth Rowing Forum  (pdf)

Plymouth Rowing Challenge  (pdf)

Stephanie Green
Watersports Club Development Officer