“Come and have a go”, is the message coming out of Whitby’s Friendship Rowing Club as they prepare for the start of the 2014 coastal rowing season.
After a solid winter’s fitness and conditioning programme, club officials are hoping to attract new faces to the sport.
They have set aside the afternoon of Sunday April 6 as an open day, for people interested in taking up rowing to see what goes on and to have a go in a boat.
Steve Wilson, the club’s performance director, said: “It would be great to see some new faces as we already have a number of people looking to make crews up and don’t want to disappoint them.
“You are never too young or too old to start, and we have male and female rowers from 12 to 70 years of age.
“Even if you don’t fancy rowing, being a coxswain is also a great skill that you can learn, to keep you part of the whole experience.”
One recent convert to the sport is novice rower Andrew Leng.
“I really fancied being part of the coastal rowing heritage and was very impressed with the facilities and the coaching on offer at the club.
“It’s a tough sport, but easy to pick up, and there’s a great buzz about the place that makes you feel welcome.”
The open day event takes place from 2pm to 4pm on April 6.
Club coaches and experienced rowers will be on hand to help and explain what to do.
The club also enjoys an air conditioned gym, nine rowing machines, two skierg machines, treadmill and a full range of free weights available for when bad weather prevents taking to the water.
Training sessions are still taking place on Monday and Thursday nights at the Friendship club. Under 16s start at 5.30pm, and adults at 6pm.
New members are very welcome, especially those with no previous rowing experience.