Friendship aim to recruit for season

Pete Betts and Luke Clarkson will welcome new recruits at Friendship Rowing Club's forthcoming open day
Pete Betts and Luke Clarkson will welcome new recruits at Friendship Rowing Club's forthcoming open day

With the 2015 coastal rowing season set to commence in a few weeks, “Come and have a go” is the message from Whitby Friendship Rowing Club in a repeat of its successful open day it staged last year.

Designed to introduce potential new rowers to the sport, it will take place on Sunday March 29 at the rowing club.

Captain of the club, Luke Clarkson, said: “Coastal rowing is a true heritage sport that we’re very proud of.

“Like all sports, we realise we have to compete with lots of others in this day and age to attract newcomers.

“Last year’s open day worked well in that respect, and hopefully we will see lots of new faces this time round as well.”

One of the new faces last year, Andy Leng, is now an enthusiastic oarsman.

“It’s a great sport,” he said, “and getting out onto the North Sea is a real pleasure.

“It gets you very fit, and the club is a very friendly place to be. I would recommend it to anyone.”

The club’s Vice-Captain, Pete Betts, is keen to keep rowing at the forefront of local awareness.

“Our regatta was born out of the sport of rowing”, he said, “and Whitby needs to keep that tradition alive.

“We regularly hear of other local sports losing teams, and even of clubs folding as people’s interests move elsewhere.

“I want to promote the concept of Preserving Our Sporting Heritage, and hope we get lots of people down to have a go. Let’s be proud to be POSH.”

The club caters for rowers of all age groups. Boys and girls compete from Under 14 upwards, and there are senior categories for men and women of all ages.

The club even has a large number of Ultra Veteran rowers still competing aged 60 years and over.

Members also enjoy access to a fully equipped modern gym.

The open day will start at 11am on March 29.

Newcomers will have a chance to get into a rowing gig under the eye of experienced coaches.

The club will put on a barbeque for all those attending, and the bar will also be open.