As we continue to follow the governments roadmap in relation to the opening up of COVID-19 restrictions, please see our latest guidance here
The Club remains closed at the present time but we continue to look forward to the day when we can pick up – safely – from where we left off in March. As soon as we’re able, we’ll be in touch about our plans to re-open and how we will run the Club until we are free of the Covid-19 epidemic.
In the meantime we hope you enjoy this read and will be able to join us for our first online quiz this coming Thursday 14 May.
Take the best care of each other and stay safe.
Wear your Star kit and take part in the national 2.6 Challenge on Sunday 26th April
The Challenge can be any activity you like – from running 2.6 miles to gardening for 26 minutes: whatever your age or ability, you can take part.
This is, above all, about taking part and reigniting the community which is Star Club – fundraising is not a pre-requisite.
Please wear your Star kit while you complete your challenge and then upload your photos and captions to Star Club’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/starclubrowingpage/ We can’t wait to see what you get up!
To find out how to get involved and for more ideas, visit https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk
Monday night circuits will (we hope) recommence on monday 7th september
Squad training is suspended for the time being
We’d like to acknowledge and thank all who have put so much effort into these important aspects of our training and development.
“Star Club is a community with a big heart and it’s in our nature to pull together and fight harder when the challenges are greatest”.
Taking british rowing’s advice and that of the government, the club will be closed for the foreseeable future.
we’d like to seek your help to establish a hardship fund to ensure that, when we open again, everyone who wants to has a chance to return to the sport they love.
read on for further details ….
Sadly, the time has come to close the Club completely. We have received advice from British Rowing that this is the safest thing to do in the light of most recent expert advice and the doors will all be locked tomorrow morning, Saturday 21st March, 2020.
Fundraising for Tibbs Dementia Foundation raises £220
A silver lining and something to celebrate – yesterday evening’s take away beer effort (carefully managed to respect social distancing requirements) raised £220! Tibbs’ Chief Executive, Sarah Russell asked us to pass on the following message:
Thank you so much for using this as an opportunity to raise funds for Tibbs. I really do appreciate your support and commitment to continuing to support us, even though times are incredibly difficult for everyone at the moment.
Your support will mean such a lot to our service users, so important that people with dementia continue to feel valued and supported at this time.
At Tibbs we’ll be taking a massive financial hit during this crisis, but we remain committed to supporting all our service users. We’ll be phoning all our regular service users every week, that’s about 300 couples and we’ll be sending out extra editions of our newsletter, emailing and posting resources and using social media, you tube etc. These will be challenging times for our service users, our team and our charity, but we’re all committed to staying positive supporting each other and staying positive and creative in our thinking.
Your support really is such a positive booster at the moment and I am truly grateful that you’re thinking of us and being so proactive.
Call for Contributions to Star Club’s Hardship Fund
This is and will continue to be a very challenging time financially for everyone. At the beginning of the year, we announced that Star Club intended to launch a Hardship Fund and now seems like an appropriate time to get this off the ground. If you feel able to donate, at whatever level, please contact David Rainbow, our Chairman and Acting Treasurer via email@example.com. Contributions will be set aside for the sole purpose of supporting members who are prevented from enjoying the sport they love due to financial difficulty. We will spend the next few weeks establishing how to govern the fund to best effect and will publish details as soon as we can. It goes without saying that applications for support will be treated in absolute confidence.
Star Club is a community with a big heart and it’s in our nature to pull together and fight harder when the challenges are greatest.
David, Dom, Andy, Andrew, Lisa, Liz, Nicky, Trina
Star Club Management Board
Following Tuesday evening’s Management Board MEETING, restrictions on rowing and club access are being implemented with immediate effect
Star’s Management Board met yesterday evening with a focus on discussing the Club’s response to Coronavirus and how we can best respond, to be sure that there is a strong future for Star Club and its members, on and off the water. David Gowing, Rowing Safety Officer, joined us in an advisory capacity.
Official advice is that we are in a phase of containment and should cut social interaction, taking measures quickly to mitigate a significant growth in infection which will cause impossible pressure on our critical care services. The goal is to “flatten the curve”, delay and extend the peak of demand to give those who need that care a fighting chance of receiving it. And we all have a responsibility to play our part in this containment strategy.
With this in mind, the Board has taken the following decisions and these measures will come into effect immediately:
· The gym, ergo room and changing rooms will be taken out of service and must not be used by anyone;
· Owners of private singles racked at Star Club may take their boats out;
· Club singles may be taken out by experienced single scullers, who are signed up to iCrew and may only be used when booked through iCrew;
To be clear, no boat type other than singles may be taken out.
· Anyone boating must arrive changed and go home to shower and change. In the event of a capsize, you can use the changing rooms as an exception;
· The Learn to Row programme, Monday night circuits and all squad training will be suspended for the time being. We’d like to acknowledge and thank all who have put so much effort into these important aspects of our training and development. Please note that circuits will recommence on Monday 7th September, after their usual summer recess.
We are in discussion with Charlie to agree the most appropriate course of action for Fay’s at Star and will be back in touch on this shortly.
These are difficult times and things are moving very quickly. It is quite possible that our decisions will need to adapt and change over the coming days and weeks and we’ll communicate those changes as they occur.
Please maintain your membership – be there for Star and for Fay’s throughout the closure and when “ordinary life” returns, as it surely will. This may take some time, but the test of a community like ours is how loyal and united we can be in the bad times, as well as the good.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the Management Board: e-mail addresses for individual members can be found at https://www.starclubrowing.co.uk/about-us/management-board/.
This message will go out as a news item on the Club’s website, on our Facebook page and via Twitter and we’ll continue to send personal e-mails to those of you on our mailing list. Be sure to sign up to as many of those channels as you can.
Most importantly, stay safe and help our community to get through this together.
David, Andy, Andrew, Chris, Dom, Lisa, Liz, Nicky, Trina
Star Club Management Board
thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the generosity of our principal sponsor
Thursday night’s Club Night saw the grand opening of our new gym. This followed a full refurbishment by volunteers who had worked hard throughout the previous week and, then, the arrival of new equipment, purchased thanks to a generous donation from our principal sponsor, Ceetak.
A rousing success after initial weather-related concerns
Star Club attracted 293 entries from 23 Clubs at its New Year’s Head today and provided a warm welcome to competitors, coaches, friends and supporters. Special thanks to the officials and volunteer contributors, in all their guises, who made it possible!!
There were wins for Star across all squads. Full race results are available here and Star Club race reports will follow in the next few days.
The fastest boat of the day was Dulwich College Open 8+ and here they are receiving their pots. Well done lads and look forward to seeing you next time.
Masters men take courage in both hands
Saturday, 7th December, 2019
Despite the fact that they are all experienced crew oarsmen on the Tideway, this was the first time that Ivan Higgins, David Rainbow and Lester Waugh had competed in their singles on this challenging stretch of water. It’s not surprising, therefore, that there was a measure of trepidation as they prepared to get on the water.
Conditions were good (for the Thames) and temperatures kinder than they have been recently. Nevertheless, boating from Sons of the Thames Rowing Club, just upstream from Hammersmith Bridge, was quite a challenge as our scullers fought the wash from marshals’ boats and the stream to join 500 other competitors to make their way to the start at University Stone Mortlake.
That long process of edging up to the start, behind hundreds of others who are doing the same, will be familiar to all who’ve raced on Tideway – it’s just a bit more solitary in a single and requires strong watermanship to manoeuvre around hundreds of other boats, against the tide! But our three intrepid scullers all reported that it was an amazing spectacle.
Placed at numbers 406, 439 and 472 respectively, it was nearly 2 hours later that David, Ivan and Lester were racing down the course towards the finish at Putney.
All put in a very credible maiden effort: Ivan finished in 332nd position in a time of 25:12.75 (age adjusted 23:47.83); David finished at 336th in a time of 25:16.98 (age adjusted 24:16.98); and Lester finished at 347th in a time of 25:23.72 (age adjusted 22:57.72), all incredibly close to one another.
Well sculled all of you. And a huge thank you to Sons of the Thames who made us feel so welcome. We hope you won’t mind that we think your clubhouse would look even better on the banks of our own River Great Ouse in Bedford!
The Mizuno British Rowing Indoor Championships, the largest event on the UK rowing calendar, took place on Saturday 7th December at the London 2012 Velodrome in Lee Valley VeloPark.
Chris Callow and Ian Donald, two of Star Club’s Vice Presidents had the unenviable task of administering over 2,300 entries across 140 events. Chris has been on the BRIC Organising Committee since 2016 and, in his role as Entries Secretary this year, Chris managed competitors from all over the UK and as far afield as New Zealand. These included our own Freya Parry and Ellie Sadler from the Women’s Squad.
Chris says ‘’It’s been an extremely busy couple of months leading up to Saturday’s event but it’s been enjoyable working closely with British Rowing staff and volunteers to deliver what was an epic event! The hard work was all worth it when you see the excitement of those competing and experiencing the electric atmosphere within the velodrome.’’
Ellie achieved 7:36.6, competing in the Under 23 women’s 2k, achieving 12th place. Freya, who came 5th in her WE2 open event with a 2k time of 7:25.8, was spotted by the Daily Telegraph and featured in their event report – not bad for a day’s work!
Star Junior Sam Gale achieved 6:56.9 and came 43rd in the sixth form boy’s 2k category and Will Lamb (son of Sue and Simon) achieved 6th with 6:11.4 in the open men’s 2k category, racing for Molesey.
Very well done to you all!