Fixed seat rowing has been present as a form of transport ever since humans first started travelling vast areas of water, from the Romans to Watermen taxing passengers across busy rivers. The first ever Colchester and Wivenhoe regatta in 1869 was a rowing race between the large yachts and smack crews in 4-oared galley.
Today, fixed seat rowing comes in many forms with rich historical meanings to many local communities. It is a wonderfully social and accessible sport, that is quick to learn, provides great low-impact exercise and can be enjoyed by all ages.
In June 2020, Wivenhoe Sailing Club became proud owners of “Linnet” – a handsome and seaworthy 14ft 6in. rowing skiff, which is designed to be easy to row on tidal waters. She is based on the Whitehall Skiff, a traditional American design used on the Hudson River in New York, although reputed to have originated on the River Thames in the 18th Century. Built of GRP construction, by (and for) Brian Kennel Boatbuilders, she can be rowed with either single or doubles sculls (two oars per person), coxed or un-coxed.
“Linnet” has a distinguished history, having already competed in the 21-mile Great River Race up the Thames.
To support the use of “Linnet” by members, WSC has formed a Rowing Section. COVID procedures and guidance have been developed and are being followed to make “Linnet” available for members to try out, and following an induction, book for social rows over each tide.
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