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Racing & Selection

Most of our Club members enjoy and wish to partake in racing. However, gig rowing can be a dangerous sport and so it’s important that rowers are selected based on their ability and taking into consideration the racing event and conditions.

Crews are formed during December and January for training at the World Gig Championships in May, and then another selection process will take place after the Championships for the upcoming regatta season. We generally look to name 6 rowers in each crew with 2 rowers from the next crew to act as reserves, so the A Crew will be supported by 2 rowers from the B Crew, the B Crew will be supported by 2 rowers from the C Crew – this covers us for injury or holidays.

You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire each year to highlight your hopes and aims for the forthcoming year and also to state your intention and commitment to training. Although crew selection can be highly charged we do have a crew selection process to make it as fair and open as possible:

Crew Selection Process

Our Club is primarily a racing club. However we aim to cover the needs of all levels of rowers to promote the benefits and joys of the sport.

Everyone is entitled to three initial trial rows, at which point you will be asked to join the Club and pay your Club Membership. Upon joining you stay within the novices to help improve your technique and ability until such time as you're selected for a training crew. This process is entirely individual and can take weeks or months.

1. As a member of Appledore Gig Club you are entitled to row on Club nights but are not ‘automatically’ selected to crew in race events or for crew training.

2. The selection process for choosing crews for training and for each event, will be carried out by the Coach, Captains and Coxswains.

3. In order to assess each member, you must be prepared to move to a position in the boat where the Captain, Coach or Coxswain asks you to, without protest. Most people will find that they have a ‘preferred’ position but in order to work as a Team to produce the best crews, we must all be versatile.

4. All members will be assessed by the Coach and the Captain to establish ability and best position in the boat.

5. Crews will be formed on the basis of ability and suitability to crew at events.

6. For each racing crew, 6 rowers and a coxswain will be chosen.

7. Once selected to crew an event, you will be notified by the Captain and asked either to accept or decline the offer.

8. Once a crew has been established for an event, they will be expected to attend both club nights and extra training sessions to be arranged by the Coach and Captain.

9. All decisions will be made without prejudice or bias and based purely on ability and suitability for each event.

10. All members are welcome to ALL events as spectators to support the Club

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