Junior rowing sessions will start in July 2018 and run for 8 weeks prior to the start of the regatta. The start date will be confirmed nearer the time. The sessions are given in our Shaldon Regatta Dinghies. These evenings are for all ages from six years old and are truly open to all. There is no elitism in our type of rowing. We want to show youngsters who may never have been in a boat how much fun they can have messing about on the water, safely, and learn a new skill.
The beginners will be insrtucted on the beach first so that they know the parts of the boat, the instuctions they will be given, how to be safe in a boat and the basics of what to look for in tides wind and weather. They will take to the water in crews of three, with a competent adult cox who will instruct them and keep them safe. They will be in sight of the beach at all times and a safety boat will be on the water with them. Each will get a turn at rowing in pairs, and if they are capable, on their own.
We hope the sessions will encourage participants to take part in the many juniors races in Regatta.
Come to the beach to register from 6pm. The cost is £1 per child per session. Parents must stay on the beach. It is hoped that many will turn up early to help get the kit ready and help with organisation and cleaning a storage afterwards.
Debbie Saunders will lead the sessions with her regular crew of organisers and helpers and coxes, but we always need more! So if you'd like to get involved please contact Debbie or Sammy on 07545108009.
We hope all the youngsters who take part will be encouraged to come along and have a go at rowing in the many Junior rowing races during Shaldon Regatta.
The following photos show a Shaldon Regatta visit to Shaldon School to talk about Junior Rowing Sessions on Monday nights, and all the fun to be had during Regatta.