Through great planning (OK, good luck) it took place on 16th August; this coincided with another little boat race taking place on the other side of the world and certainly seemed to boost the numbers of people dropping in. Needless to say, although we all started getting ready at 8:00, everything kept coming to a stop while we watched the Olympic finals unfold. It was really great with everyone gathered round the TV come the coxless four’s race and much cheering and celebrating come the end of the race.
After a bit more setting up (clearing vast quantities of pond weed from around the pontoons) it was all go from 10:00. Through the day we had around 40 people drop in (compared to under 20 in previous years). These ranged from total beginners through to a number of ex-rowers tempted back again and ages from 10 through to 50 or so. Despite the weather (usual strong winds!) we got a lot of people out in boats. The eight proved it’s value again, allowing us to give a lot of people their first taste of a crew boat and the little yellow virus boats were a great hit as well. We even had someone succeed in what we thought was impossible, managing to capsize one.
The following Monday was Bucks Sports Day and we opened our doors again. This was really a good idea as we were able to get back quite a few people who’d dropped by on Saturday and also Bucks Sports had done a widespread e-mail which hit a lot more prospective rowers (one for us to use in future?). We finished off the day with a club barbie, making a good end to the event.
Over the couple of days, we managed to sign up something like eight new members on “taster” sessions plus Martin gained another few juniors. All in all, a very successful event.