LVRC Women's Masters C VIII

The Women's Masters C, VIII crew had a win at North of England Head of River Race (Chester) on Saturday 7th March. The Women's Masters Squad, is comprised of around 14 women ranging in age from 32 to 64.

Masters racing is based on age categories averaged over the crew. The ages are in 5 year bands and races are against crews of the same average age. We generally average out at a Masters C, with an approximate average age of 55 yrs, although, as you can imagine, the disparity from oldest to youngest is very broad. Due to the demands of family, work and caring responsibilities it isn't easy for the squad to fully commit to a crew and so the squad system has evolved. This enables as many women as possible to continue rowing, training and competing, without feeling that they are letting the crew down, when they are unavailable.

The squad have had many successes over the past couple of years since the system became formalised. Since the success of the British Masters Championship in 2013, where we gained a silver medal, the squad have gone on to win at most local events, some of which are Dee Autumn Head, Northwich Regatta, Stourport Regatta , Hollingworth Lake and most recently North of England Head of River skilfully coxed by Catherine Thursby.

Our next goal is Vesta Vets on the Thames on Saturday 28th March, when we look forward to boating alongside an LVRC Men's Masters crew for the first time. But ultimately, we long for a Gold Medal at the British Masters which take place the weekend of 13th/14th June this year.


Rowing: an Oarsome Sport!

Whether you're an experienced oarsperson or wanting to try it for the first time, rowing is a great sport and we'd love for you to join us at the Vics. We have superb boathouse facilities and an out-of-the-ordinary stretch of water.



About the Adult Learn to Row Programme

The club offers 4 sessions (2 Saturdays and 2 Wednesdays) to new adult beginners who wish to try out the sport of rowing. During these sessions beginners will be coached on rowing machines and on the water. At the end of the programme they should have an idea of whether or not they want to continue and become club members. The cost for the whole programme of sessions is £30.

The sessions will be supervised by qualified coaches who all hold a minimum level 2 qualification, awarded by British Rowing. Whilst on the water, a safety launch will be out at all times and there will be approximately 4 coaches to 10 beginners. Ideally, you should be able to swim 100 metres in light clothing and feel confident on and around water.

We are a competitive club and attend regattas both summer and winter. However, we also welcome recreational rowers who do not wish to compete, but are happy to use the sport as a way of keeping fit and socialising. We have a selection of boats available for non-racers, a well equipped gym for land training and a licensed bar where we hold various social functions.

What to do next

If you are interested in trying out rowing and would like to put your name down for the next induction programme, please contact me at intro@lvrc.co.uk with your name, address and telephone number.

Heather Parry (Learn to Row Co-ordinator)


2015 Learn to Row Dates

Saturday 18th April 12pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday 22nd April 7pm - 8pm
Saturday 25th April 12pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday 29th April 7pm - 8pm
Saturday 11th July 12pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday 15th July 7pm - 8pm
Saturday 18th July 12pm - 1.30pm
Wednesday 22nd July 7pm - 8pm
Saturday 17th October 12:30am - 2pm
Sunday 18th October 12:30am - 2pm
Saturday 24th October 12:30am - 2pm
Sunday 25th October 12:30am - 2pm 


  Adult members; contact any one of the Captaincy team for details on how to join our private Facebook group.  Share rowing photographs, coaching tips, social event information and stay in touch!