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Launch event announced for exciting new Richmond Bridge Boat Club on 8th June 2013

The launch of the new and exciting ‘traditional boat’ rowing club, situated on an idyllic stretch of the beautiful River Thames, has been announced for 12.00 pm on Saturday 8th June. RBBC patron and host Mr Bamber Gascoigne will start the proceedings with a small speech to acknowledge and thank and Mr Mark Edwards*, for giving Richmond Bridge Boat Club and the Richmond River Community his legacy and making it possible for the first traditional rowing club in Richmond-­‐Upon-­‐Thames at no. 3 Arch (on the South side of the river). The afternoon’s events will include ‘sampler sessions’ for novices and experienced rowers alike, and the Club will be providing light refreshments and enjoying some riverside music until around 3pm.

The club is open to all types of rowers, with erstwhile seasoned veterans and complete beginners together forming the Club’s committee. Holding a sought after location on this much-­‐loved part of the River Thames at Richmond, with its excellent surrounding scenery, not to mention superb transport links, the club is ideally placed to provide a great sporting environment and a social hub at the Clubhouse.

Mr Gascoigne said “With the huge success of Team GB and rowing in the Olympics, and the ensuing upsurge in interest in the sport, it is extremely exciting to have this new club opening in such a superb location. We expect it to be a great success and are very much looking forward to the day. The whole community is grateful to Mr Edwards for this excellent legacy”.

Guests and non-­‐members are invited to join in celebrate the Grand Launch celebrations from 12.00 pm on Saturday 8th June.

As a result of the Olympics there is a great interest in rowing at the moment and so as there are a limited number of boats and memberships available, do please ensure your friends and guests register early on arrival with one of the Club’s members to ensure you get a place in a boat for the sampler sessions. Don’t forget, Membership is available at all levels; the Club welcomes experienced rowers and complete beginners (details below).

The details:

  • Richmond Bridge Boat Club (RBBC) is a new and exciting ‘traditional boat’ rowing club, situated on an idyllic stretch of the river Thames.
  • From 12.00pm on Saturday 8th June RBBC patron and host Mr Bamber Gascoigne will present Mr Mark Edwards and thanks him for giving the Richmond River Community his legacy and the first traditional rowing club in Richmond-­‐Upon-­‐Thames at no. 3 Arch.
  • The event will be celebrated with sampler rowing sessions, allowing attendees to go out on a boat with some of the club’s members, live music and food! RBBC offers one of the largest ranges of boats available on the Thames for use of their members -­‐ from Skiffs & Thames Cutters to flotilla of Boats used in the Great River Race.
  • Press are welcome to join us, please advise if you wish to attend so we can assure you are looked after by one of the members, this may mean going in a rowing boat, eating and imbibing. Any press questions please ask: Charlie 07768 078786.
  • Our clubhouse’s unique position along the river lends itself to many social events hence our appeal to every level of rower from those who just want to join a club with a great community atmosphere, those who just want to get fit, be social or the slightly more focused sportsmen and women.  We are inviting like-­‐minded people to join us, become part of the Richmond Riverside Community at our unique clubhouse under the arches at Richmond Bridge.
  • Membership is available at all levels, for both experienced rowers and complete beginners where people can learn to row with beginners courses running on Wednesday or Thursday evenings and weekends, starting mid-­‐June.
  • Beginners will be trained in all aspects of rowing, including river safety, river etiquette the local river community, getting in and out of the boat, basic manoeuvres, how to start and stop, plus an introduction to racing and most importantly to have fun with like-­‐minded people.
  • Richmond Bridge Boat Club welcomes new members; please go to: ‘www.richmondbridgeboatclub.org’ and apply early as there are a limited number of memberships available.

Mr Mark Edwards*

Mark Edwards is a traditional boatbuilder based at Richmond-­‐upon-­‐Thames, Surrey, England. He has constructed several significant reproductions of vintage boats and built the Royal Barge Gloriana, the lead ship in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in June 2012. Edwards has built and maintained a variety of watercraft over the years including Thames skiffs, punts, shallops, cutters, and wherries.

Amongst many accomplishments, he is noted for four particular builds;
In 2002 he built an eight-­‐oared shallop, the Jubilant, to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
In 2002 he built a wooden submarine based on the original 17th century version by Cornelius Jacobszoon Drebbel. This was shown in the BBC TV programme Building the Impossible in November 2002. It was successfully tested under water with two rowers at Dorney Lake. Legal considerations prevented its use on the River Thames itself.
In 2004 he built two replicas of the original boats used in the 1829 Boat Race. These were raced by former members of Oxford and Cambridge crews over the original course at Henley and prior to the 2004 Boat race from Putney.
In 2011 and 2012 he built the 94-­‐foot-­‐long (29 m) the Gloriana, a rowing barge powered by 18 oarsmen as the lead ship in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant

What’s in a membership?

  • Training & Coaching courses in both rowing and coxing
  • Certificates & Qualifications demonstrating levels of achievement
  • Access to use of the extensive range of boats available at the club
  • Use of RBBC club facilities during club opening times, including WiFi
  • Discounted or Free entry to the many club events throughout the year
  • Subsidised rates on club organised touring weekends
  • Reduced rates to hire the Clubhouse for your own special events
  • Subsidised entry to many Non Club river events and races
  • Reduced insurance for member’s boats, through the club insurance scheme
  • Newsletter and club Facebook page -­‐ great to network and arrange to join a crew
  • Plus good company, lots of fun and support from other rowers!

All press enquiries: Charlie Bronks and Ann Hopkins Release 8th May 2013