Joining the Club

To get involved with Rhwyfo MYC Rowing please contact Helen, Membership Secretary, at helen.brand.roberts@gmail.com who will send you the relevant information and a copy of the New Rowers Questionnaire to complete.

Alternatively you can fill in the New Rowers Questionnaire here and it’ll be sent directly to us.

Your First Rowing Experience

Your first two rows with us are free and will hopefully provide you with enough information to help you decide whether rowing is for you. After this you need to pay a £12 insurance premium (which lasts until the end of the current WSRA year) and £1 each row.

If, after six rows, you decide you like it, you now need to join the club – Madoc Yacht Club – of which we are a sub-section. All rowers must be members of the club for insurance purposes and to enable us to use the excellent facilities.

Before your first row, you’ll need to fill out a new rowers questionnaire which can be downloaded here <ADD DOWNLOAD LINK>

New Rowers FAQ

  1. What should I wear?

    Rowing is a physical outdoor activity. Clothing is better in layers as it can be extremely cold at the beginning of a row but you warm up quickly. We normally stop to remove some layers in Borth Y Gest! A thin shower proof coat is a good idea in the winter but not essential.

    You will get your feet wet and even half way up your legs so wear shoes and trousers/shorts that are okay to get wet. Most people start rowing in trainers after that you will establish your favourite footwear (ranges from surfing boots, wellies to flip flops) Rowing produces blisters mainly on hands and bums.

    On your butt watch out for unwanted seams which rub and cause blisters. Some rowers wear gloves, sailing/cycling/rugby types but don’t invest until you know you like it. There are normally some spare pairs ‘in the box’.

  2. Who organises the crew?

    One member of the club is responsible for organising the crews each month. This responsibility is rotated through all club members (when experienced enough). The current organiser will contact you to arrange your first row. We will ensure that there are experienced rowers in the boat to provide coaching as required.

  3. When can I row?

    We row every weekend, all year round and during the summer months we also row each week night at 6pm. Weekend times vary according to the tide.

    It is very important to remember that the boat can only go on the water with the full crew of four rowers and cox so, if you can’t make it you must let the organiser know.
    Otherwise the training session will have to be cancelled and you will have some angry rowers on your hands!  There is also a £5 fine and/or buy everyone a round of drinks!

  4. Does the club do anything else>

    We have very active racing teams and as part of the Welsh Sea Rowing Association we attend many league races and other endurance races throughout the season. The summer racing season comes to a head in September with the fantastic Great River Race on the Thames in London. This is a 22 mile marathon from Richmond to Greenwich where more than 250 traditional fixed seat boats take part.

    We meet once a month, usually the first Friday, to hold a general meeting this then normally turns into a more social gathering.

    We also have a very active social scene with plenty of partying throughout the year!

  5. Who joins the club?

    Our members come from all walks of life including Students, Postmen, Shop assistants, Opticians, Doctors, Builders and Lawyers, our youngest rower is 9 or oldest is over 68. The one thing we have in common is the love of rowing.

    Not everyone wants to race, some use rowing as a fitness regime, others to get away from it all out at sea. You do not have to be superbly fit or the best rower in the land to enjoy and be an active part of the rowing club. We do need to win races though and are always looking out for those keen athletic types to recruit to the club.

  6. What about the yacht club?

    As mentioned, after 6 rows you need to become a full member of the Madoc Yacht Club (MYC).

    Club fees are currently £130 for individuals (over 18), £210 for families, £30 for students and overseas and £50 for under 25s. It’s half price if you join in June and you only have the rest of the season to enjoy.

    This may sound like a lot of money but compared against the cost of a weekly swim or game of squash at the leisure centre, or the cost of a pint of beer a week, it’s good value over the course of a year! Also you have the use of the showers, washing /drying  machines, internet/WiFi, comfortable lounge, the Thai Harbwr Restaurant and private members bar with a good selection of spirits and real ale.

    The club also has an active social program of functions, dances, dinners, quizzes, courses and lectures. Being a member of the MYC you also qualify for great discounts at Cotswold Outdoor shops (-15%) and also being members of The Outdoor Partnership, on sporting clothing, equipment and heavily subsidised outdoor activity courses such as VHF radio operator, power boat and safety boat handler, First Aider, and Rowing Coaching Courses. All certificated.

    You will need to apply for membership and get a proposer and seconder to sign your application. Other rowing members will do this for you.

  7. Do I need insurance?

    Membership fees provide you with essential insurance cover but you will also have to pay the annual £12 fee to the Welsh Sea Rowing Association to cover race insurance.

    You will be asked for these monies by the Treasurer when required.

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