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What We Row and Where We Go

GYC has the free loan of a Thames Waterman Cutter 'Cito' which is the property of the Information Technologists' London Livery Company and of a Jollyboat 'Jubilee Gal’, lent by Mr George Tutt.  GYC members row about every two weeks, usually on a Sunday.

We often row up the Thames to Tower Bridge and up Bow Creek to Channelsea Island and Three Mills. In most months we take a different trip; this can be round the Isle of Dogs, into Greenland Dock or the Royal Docks, down to Erith, to the Olympic Park, Deptford Creek, South Bank, Victoria Park or Springfield Park.    

We moor up at favourite nooks to take a break whilst the tide turns to carry us home. We can in this way cover 13 miles in half a day. It is a great way to get to know the river, to see London with a new outlook from so close to the river, or to see the wildlife in the quiet waters of Bow Creek (herons, plovers, a kingfisher) and even the busy waters of the Thames (seals, a porpoise, cormorants).  If you are new to the club, it is a way of getting to know members (10% of us have now rowed in Cito, if only the once).

Cito is 10m long, with six oars in line. Rowers sit on fixed seats; there is a cox in the stern to navigate and steer, and room for one passenger. Jubilee Gal has four oars. Rowers maintain the boats and we collect a £5 cash contribution from each person  on board to cover equipment and maintenance. No experience is required for rowers and no special gear is needed. Everyone aboard must be able to swim and we all wear a buoyancy aid. These can be borrowed.

Rowing does exercise, they say, 85% of the body's muscles (so where are the rest?) which results the next day in a sense of general well-being as if you'd been swimming. Our crews are richly mixed as to gender, age and ability.

Bookings are made by email on a first-come basis for members, with any empty places available in the last week before a trip being opened to a guest or visitor. For bookings or general enquiries about rowing, please email peter.waugh@btinternet.com