In-house races keep spirits and fitness levels up at Exmouth Rowing Club

Few local sporting outfits are higher-profile in the heart of the town than Exmouth Rowing Club, writes Richard Robinson.

Our distinctive, red-hulled quads and red tops are a regular sight on the beach-front near our club-house, the old lifeboat station, especially on Sunday mornings.

Thanks to the support of British Rowing and the efforts of a conscientious club committee, we have maintained that positive image and our sporting ethos over the summer months.

SW regional racing events were cancelled for the 2020 season, but ERC has recently managed to run internal races to keep mental agility, spirits and fitness levels up.

Safe-distancing has recently meant that the normal ‘quads’ (four plus one cox) have rowed with only three to maintain the required safe spacing.

Teams of four needed to rotate the crew so that all rowed at least part of the six-leg challenge.

The winning team of the Covid-complaint challenge at Exmouth Rowing Club. Picture: Les Norcliffe

The winning team of the Covid-complaint challenge at Exmouth Rowing Club. Picture: Les Norcliffe

Action from Exmouth Rowing Club. Picture: Les Norcliffe

Action from Exmouth Rowing Club. Picture: Les Norcliffe

Combine this with a beach sprint to start and finish, the need to remove rudders on each beach landing, to avoid collisions with weekend boat traffic, a stiffening on-shore wind- what more could sea-faring folk ask for?

Not a blade broken, nor a single rib bruised (of both types!), no need for paramedics running on and only the occasional hound de-sanitising our trolley wheels… All good fun!

Ingenious taskmaster Les ensured that top prize was itself Covid-compliant! The winning crew now sports a red Covid-compliant face-mask bearing our club emblem and colours.

Exmouth Rowing Club member Bob Board. Picture: Les Norcliffe

Exmouth Rowing Club member Bob Board. Picture: Les Norcliffe

Exmouth Rowing Club has welcomed several new faces in recent weeks.

Novices of any age or gender designation are welcome to try three free rows, following an induction session in our Covid-compliant gym ashore before signing up to this all-inclusive sport.

Rowing is an easily approachable low-impact activity.

We offer social outings, often mid-week, as well as racing training to experienced crews, all supervised by coxes at various levels of training and expertise.

See our Facebook page for more details.

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