Learn to row course regatta
Over the past 9 weeks, the three clubs involved with the Henley Stewards Charitable Trust scheme in Cornwall have been taking part in a learn to row course. Young rowers from Looe, Fowey and Charlestown Gig clubs have been coached by HSCT coach Rhiannon Halliday and their coaches from their local clubs. The course was run for budding young rowers from the newly developed indoor rowing clubs in local secondary schools.
Throughout the course the rowers battled with bad weather but the sun shone in the final week for the regatta, held at Looe Gig Club. The evening saw the clubs race for a trophy, donated by Fowey Gig Club. Everyone put their newly acquired rowing skills to the test as they tackled a short course off the beach at Looe. Charlestown fielded a full crew of 6, coxed by club chairman Shane Sullivan. The crew from Fowey was made up of 4 Fowey rowers, with two stepping in from Looe. The host club put out two crews made up of new rowers and some junior club rowers. After each crew had raced twice, the final was won by the crew from Fowey.
A BBQ, run by head chef, Looe chairman James Chudleigh, was waiting for the hungry rowers at the end of the evening’s racing. All participants from the ‘learn to row’ course were then presented with a wet skills certificate to celebrate their achievement.