Hillingdon hosts a Skills Day for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League

Posted November 21, 2017 by Hillingdon Rowing

On Sunday 19th November it was our turn to host an event for the Thames Valley Explore Rowing League. We decided on a Skills Day, as we’d hosted one before in February 2016 and it had been fantastically successful. The format was the same, with the only change being some of the less successful events were replaced. HOAC let us use their big, plastic coastal quads and there was a good turnout from other clubs in the League. Crews had to do an emergency stop, spin around a buoy, rigger dips, crew swaps and square blades rowing.

Huge kudos to Peter Williams, our Senior Men’s Captain, who marshalled the crews on the pontoon to make sure everything ran to time, to Tom Werner, our Secretary, running things on the water from the launch, Katy Humphris, our Senior Women’s Captain, for timing the crews, and to the Case family for the catering (the other clubs in the League remembered the Case family catering from the last event, which I think is why most of them turned up again!). Also to all HRC members there on the day who were brilliant at mixing with our guests from the other clubs and making them feel really welcome. We got a heartfelt three cheers from the other League club members at the end!

One aspect I personally was particularly proud of was that I’d found a very reasonably-priced supplier of medals on the net and got some to give out to the winning crew very cheaply. OK, so the medals started falling apart as soon as I started giving them out to the victors (1921 Boat Club) but think of the money we saved!