Looking for a team sport and a reason to do some exercise, George joined Rock Rowing Club in early 2012 as a complete novice rower, although a very keen one. Rock is set in the idyllic Camel estuary opposite the well know harbour town of Padstow and is also in one of the driest parishes of Cornwall.
The training is arduous and requires a good amount of dedication as the club trains right through the summer and winter seasons, come rain or shine! There are normally a couple of training sessions each week with regattas on most weekends during the summer. The season seems to be back to front, with the World Championships happening in May, the beginning of the summer regatta season, at St Mary’s island in the Isles of Scilly.
This year was the 25th anniversary of the competition and Rock had several crews out there. Whilst the ladies Vets came in a very close second place, most of the other teams did pretty well also. The Men’s A team came in about a third of the way through the 147 boats with the Men’s B team about two thirds of the way through, although they did top their group. Competing in the Men’s B team was Sandy Towers, aged 87! This truly is living to the max.
The past few weeks in Cornwall have been glorious and rowing in the sea becomes an absolute pleasure. George often comments how wonderful it is to be out on the water in the really enjoying all that life has to offer.