Royal Chester Rowing Club

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Jamie Leighton our Senior Squad coach will be running an EIGHT WEEK 'Learn to Row' course.


The course is OPEN TO ALL, please spread the word.


Anyone wanting to give rowing a try can come along to the first session for FREE before deciding if they want to continue.


The course is for two sessions a week for the eight weeks on Saturdays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 6.00pm.


Try a new sport, get out on the river and get REALLY fit!  Contact Jamie for more information.  

Learn to Row 2020!

Royal Chester Winter Ball

Unfortunately postponed to a future date.



Coronavirus and rowing at RCRC - 17 MAY 20


RCRC Return to Rowing Plan

We have established a plan for returning to rowing, our slow first step being private scullers. We are following BR guidance which responds to the Gov guidance. See link for latest information from British Rowing. Please note this responds to the changes in regulations in England and may not be applicable if you do not live in England.


Link to latest BR advice: 



This first step only allows for scullers with their own equipment, it is not possible to use club equipment yet as we await further clarification on shared equipment, we also need to clean / prepare equipment & update our insurance, will will work on this as soon as possible. It is also not possible at this time to allow any under 18’s to return, this has been explained to any under 18’s with private equipment.



An effective booking system is work in progress, so initially we will start with a google sheet for booking time slots and is being trialled by the private scullers. We will need to use time slots largely to help make social distancing possible & manage access to the premises.



Parts of the club remain closed and the way we use the club needs to be different to 'usual' for all our safety. All outings to be in strict accordance to the plan which once clarification is received regarding club equipment we will widely circulate.



We now consider that RCRC is now open to use by private scullers in private equipment only.

Further updates are expected on competent club scullers, household doubles & juniors later in the week.

Of course not everyone may be able or comfortable to return to rowing just yet and we will continue with all of our virtual communications, training and social events.  



RCRC Club Committee



Graham Pointer has unfortunately passed away


Graham Pointer a long time member of the club has passed away, in hospital in the early hours of May 5th, after struggling with various medical conditions.


Graham served the club diligently, as

captain, president, chairman and

reportedly every other role in the club

at some stage over his long

membership. After rowing as an

Oxford Blue in the wartime boat race,

Graham went on to reach the final

of the Wyfolds in 1949 (losing to

Keith Osbourne's boat from Lensbury)

and the semi-final of the Thames in

1961, the same year he was part of the winning NoE crew.


A moment of reflection was taken for Mr Pointer at this weeks' committee meeting.

Graham Pointer

The Funeral of Graham Pointer:

A small family-only event is to be held on the 4th of June, due to current restrictions. The family hope that there can be a Club celebration later in the summer when normality is restored, in accordance with his wishes his ashes will be scattered in the River Dee.


If anyone would like to make a donation in his memory, the chosen Charity is Cancer Research UK.