Bright future for club after renovations

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Fishermen’s Rowing Club has gone through major improvements and maintenance over the past 12 months.

A new roof has been the biggest expense, which was not even planned. After small repairs, further damage was found, resulting in a full renewal.

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The boat house has a new racking system for storage of boats, allowing up to four boats high, designed and fabricated by club members.

Vice captain Jamie Brown said: “More storage had to be made because of Louise L being added to to the club’s other boats.

“I came up with the idea for four boats at first and with the help from other members, we designed a second section.

“This allows for nine boats instead of seven.

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“It is easier and safer when lifting boats in place.

“When all boats are in place, they look like kippers laid out in pairs.”

The club has acquired four more rowing machines with the help of Matt Hewison at Scarborough Borough Council. These will be used mainly during winter training along with other equipment being added.

Along with Matt, Rob Cree with British Rowing has given Fishermen the opportunity to undergo coach training with Mike Waterfield completing the course, and the club hopes in future, that further developments will take place with British Rowing.

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In June, seven boats loaded mainly with junior members held a picnic on the inlands under the two bridges at Ruswarp – the traditional water fight followed when all boats reached the club house.

Coach Jean Fergus thanked all who took part and said: “It was a great club day for kids and adults.”

The Fishermen’s new gig Louise L won her first race early in the season, establishing her as a well used boat already.

Yasmin Spencer’s crew won the ladies’ senior at the beginning of the season.

With Whitby Regatta soon upon us, club captain Alan Brown wants to thank the regatta committee for all their hard work and to say good luck and good racing to all members of the three clubs, Fishermen’s, Friendship and Scarborough.