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What do you look for in a boat club?
Many FaTties will be training away from the Cam over the summer, and there are also plenty of BPBCites rowing for different clubs who vote in these things. Anyway, what is the first thing you look for when hunting for a new boat club?
Top coaches  24%
Top oarsmen  6%
Shiny new boats  6%
Shiny new ergs  0%
Strong recent performances  12%
Glorious past  0%
Plentiful social events  12%
Capacious bar area  6%
Lard warehouse  35%
Total: 17 members' votes
by Chose the one nearest to where I live, even if it's not the biggest or most successful club in the region - Sun 29th Jul 2007, 5:24pm
Anyway, what is the first thing you look for when hunting for a new boat club?
Surely, location has to play a role. There are no rowable stretches of water within about 6 miles of where I live.
by Rich - Mon 30th Jul 2007, 9:20am
Fit female boaties?
by Moving to Putney soon! - Mon 30th Jul 2007, 11:14am
RTT said: what is the first thing you look for when hunting for a new boat club?
Top coaches: 33%
Top oarsmen: 17%
Top coaches are no use if they don't have any decent raw material to work with, and top oarsmen (or women!) won't get very far without decent coaching. "Strong recent performances" seem like a much better guide to the overall quality of the club, the coaches, the equipment and everything else.

Cost of membership seems to have been missed off the list - that's the most persuasive argument for me to go to ICBC next year.
by RTT - Mon 30th Jul 2007, 11:25am
Moving to Putney soon! said: top oarsmen (or women!)
Isn't the suffix non gender specific?
by dicitonary corner - Mon 30th Jul 2007, 11:44am
RTT said: Isn't the suffix non gender specific?
OED says "A person (esp. a man) who uses an oar or oars; a rower."
by Mike - Mon 30th Jul 2007, 11:44am
dicitonary corner said:
Oh, the irony of misspelling "dictionary"...
by mjb - Tue 31st Jul 2007, 11:19am
Chose the one nearest to where I live, even if it's not the biggest or most successful club in the region said: There are no rowable stretches of water within about 6 miles of where I live.
That's not very far ...
by Richard - Tue 31st Jul 2007, 12:24pm
mjb said: That's not very far ...
Yes, but I think what I meant to say is that the next nearest alternative is almost double that distance, and probably more difficult, traffic congestion wise, to get there.

Hence, I chose the nearest one, rather than a bigger club further away.
by gf - Tue 31st Jul 2007, 12:35pm
mjb said: That's not very far ...
It is if it's straight up (or down)...
by dw229 - Thu 9th Aug 2007, 6:27pm
I disagree - it's still just as far away.

It would just be either very much harder/easier to get to and very much easier/harder to get back from.
by Neil T - Thu 9th Aug 2007, 6:56pm
dw229 said: It would just be either very much harder/easier to get to and very much easier/harder to get back from.
Not necessarily.
by Simon - Thu 9th Aug 2007, 9:23pm
Frankly, I'd be at least a little bit worried if the nearest stretch of rowable water was at any height directly above my home.

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