For many years Wargrave & Shiplake regatta has offered the opportunity for competitors to practice for the the events for which they have entered from both the Shiplake bank and from Wargrave Boat Club. For the two and a half weeks before the regatta the bank and river is bustling with activity. Each session requires a supervisor, or two in the last week, whose role it is to take bookings, monitor the crews on and off the river and take payments for the practice sessions. Each session also needs a marshall boat driver, or two in the last week. The marshall boat is on the river throughout the practices and the driver uses the Tony Drew Dory boat to ensure that all practice participants are abiding by the rule of the river and the Regatta practices. Marshall boat drivers need to be confident operating the Tony Drew although guidance will be given.
We are very lucky to have the support of a large number of people who give up a few hours in the run up to the regatta. On a sunny evening there is no better place to be! If you have not helped before why not consider volunteering this year? It really is not difficult, does not require any previous knowledge and is an enjoyable and social way to spend a summers evening. If you would like to know more about what the roles entail or would like to volunteer please email Kate Crook (Shiplake Practice), Mike Stubbs (Wargrave Practice) or Carlton Barnard (Marshall Boat) on email@example.com before the 10th July.