Royal Chester Winter Ball

Royal Chester Rowing Club held their Annual Winter Ball recently at the Cheshire View in Christleton.  Club members of all ages, from Juniors to Veterans and their guests celebrated a successful year of rowing and in particular an influx of new members possibly influenced by the success of Rowing Team GB at the Beijing Olympics.
Another cause for celebration was the success of the Corporate rowing Taster scheme which saw squads from Bank of America and Visit Chester and Cheshire introduced to the delights of rowing on the Dee, culminating in exciting eights races.
After an excellent meal members were encouraged by club chairman Mike Palmarczuk to bid in a fundraising auction.  The RCRC Ladies squad volunteered their skills in gardening, ironing and spring-cleaning and the resulting bidding frenzy suggested that members preferred to be out on the river to household chores. Almost £700 was raised for club equipment.
There was no let up in the training however as the evening continued with club captain Paul Richards leading the energetic dancing into the early hours to a T Rex tribute Band.
The final event of 2008 is the traditional Icicle Eights Race for Chester rowing clubs.  Starting at Eccleston at 10am on Sunday 21st December crews will race to a mass finish at Sandy Lane.  This will be followed by the Junior races over a short course, the winners taking home Christmas Puddings!
If you are a beginner or a returning rower and would like to find out more about joining Royal Chester Rowing Club then e-mail: for a taster session or call Paul 07973 507515.


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