Trafford Rowing Club-Membership Enquiries

Anyone is welcome to join Trafford Rowing Club no matter what their experience or standard of rowing. Below are some answers to some of the questions that you may have.




Novices – I have never rowed before and would like to learn.



Can I come to the club to meet you?


If you are new to rowing then you must register on a RowStart course via our website. You are more than welcome to come down at any time to meet people, but due to an increase in demand for RowStart places we cannot accomodate anyone unless they have registered through the website. If you do visit the boathouse, please be patient with us as we are often busy with others and may not have time to chat there and then.



When can I come along to start rowing?


We want you to get started properly so please don’t just turn up to row, even if invited to do so by a club member!  We are only able to train RowStart applicants at the times listed on the training page. We are also often very busy with racing crews at these times so it is important to that we know in advance when you will be coming along.  If you have registered on the RowStart programme, the RowStart co-ordinator will let you know when your first training session will take place. If a RowStart course is full when you apply, we will book you onto the next available course and let you know when this is due to start.



I am not particularly fit, does this matter?


No.  Once your technique develops to the stage where you can exercise fully in the boat you will soon get fit!  You are welcome to our training sessions during the week – these are free so there’s no need to join an expensive gym.  We also have access in the same building to a professional gym with associated free weights and CV equipment at very low rates.



What should I wear?


Just come along in trainers and loose-fitting clothing.  It is advisable to bring a change of clothes, just in case, although we have had hardly anybody getting wet in the past!





Returning to Rowing



I used to row at school or University a long time ago and want to get back into the sport


You will find that we have quite a few members in the same position.  It will not take long for you to get back into the sport and you can join a squad of people of similar standard to you.



I would like to row, but can’t commit lots of time to the sport


You will find that some of our members are in the same position and you will soon find a group of like-minded individuals with whom you can row in a way that will fit in with your schedule. We also have a recreational squad who usually go out for a paddle on Sunday mornings for those who just want to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors!







I am only in the area during (outside of) term-time.  Can I still be a member?


We have quite a few students who live locally but go to remote universities, or who are at university here, who want to row with us.  You are welcome, and pay a reduced membership that enables you to row at the times when you are in the area.





General Questions


How much does it cost?


There is a fee for the RowStart course, which must be paid in advance.  When enquiring about RowStart, the co-ordinator will be able to advise you of the costs for this course.  Annual membership can be taken out once you have decided to join us.  Student members who use facilities only in term-time (or only out of term time) pay a much reduced membership. For further details on membership fees, please email the club Treasurer.





What do I need for Racing?



British Rowing Racing Licence


You first of all need an annual British Rowing racing licence. For details of what the licence covers or to register online, visit the British Rowing web site. If you don’t have an annual racing licence, you will not be able to compete for the club. The old “Day Tickets” for one off races are no longer available.


For senior members of British Rowing, an annual racing licence is around £40 per year, but if you are new to the sport, or are a junior/student, you can get an racing licence at a discounted rate. If you do not intend to race, you do not need a racing licence, but you’ll miss out on the free monthly magazine “Rowing & Regatta”!



Racing Kit


British Rowing rules are that crew members should wear the same kit at race events. Trafford’s official racing kit is a black/green “All in One” as a minimum. However we have a number of different items of racing kit. Go to our Club Kit page for full details of Trafford RC kit available.





Trafford Rowing Club-Location


Trafford Rowing Club’s boathouse is located at Walton Park Sports Centre, Raglan Road, Sale, Cheshire.

If you know the area you will be able to find the sports centre at the end of Raglan Road which is just off the main A56 (Washway Road) in Sale.


We are also just a short walk from the nearest Metrolink station, which is Brooklands on the Manchester to Altrincham Metrolink line. For details on Metrolink services to Brooklands from either Manchester or Altrincham, go to




Trafford Rowing Club Address:


Trafford Rowing Club
Walton Park Sports Centre
Raglan Road
M33 4AW


Trafford Rowing Club-Water Safety

Water Safety

At Trafford RC we row on the historic Bridgewater Canal. Although we have plenty of water to row on, the canal and towpath are narrow and are also home to a number of other users including anglers, walkers, cyclists, narrowboats users, and another rowing club – Manchester University Boat Club.

In the summer the canal and towpath can get very busy, therefore we have put in place some safety and courtesy rules which should be followed by all members of both Trafford RC and Manchester University Boat Club.



Our Club Safety Rules can be found here.


Our Water Safety Rules can be found here.


Be aware of Weil’s disease. Further information can be found here



Trafford Rowing Club-Welfare



The Club Welfare Officer is responsible for acting as a source of advice on child protection matters and for co-ordinating action within the club on receipt of any concerns or referrals. The Club Welfare Officer is also responsible for administering the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) process and ensuring that the club adopts and follows the British Rowing Safeguarding & Protecting Children Policy


At Trafford Rowing Club, a registered British Rowing Club, we adopt the Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy defined by British Rowing. A brief summary of points can be found below.


General Principles
Everyone who participates in rowing is entitled to do so in a safe and enjoyable environment.


The policy applies to all rowers, coaches, volunteers, employees and anyone involved in rowing, whether or not they are British Rowing members. All these people have a duty of care to safeguard the welfare of children and prevent their abuse.


British Rowing and Trafford Rowing Club are committed to:
• making the welfare of children paramount. This means that the need to ensure that children are protected is a primary consideration and may override the rights and needs of those adults working with them
• enabling everyone whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity to participate in rowing in a fun and safe environment
• taking all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings
• taking seriously all suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse and responding swiftly and appropriately to them in accordance with current procedures


CRB Check
All individuals working in a role that involves significant access to children (anyone under 18), or where they have a position of trust, are required to complete the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) vetting process. These include, but aren’t limited to: Junior Co-ordinator, Junior Coach and Club Welfare Officer. The CRB checks need to be updated every 3 years. For further information on CRB checks can be found here.


Welfare Issues
If you suspect, witness or suffer any case of abuse, please contact the Club Welfare Officer on: All cases should be fully documented and will then be passed to British Rowing for investigation.


Further Information
The full Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy can be found on British Rowing’s website, under the safeguarding section:

For any queries contact the Welfare Officer on:


Trafford Rowing Club-Club Rules

Club Rules

In the section of the website, please find the club Constitution and Rules.  These are for all new and existing members to read at your leisure.  Hopefully these will help you get the most from your membership at the club. All members agree to abide by our Club Rules


Constitution and Rules



Trafford Rowing Club-Club Kit

Club Kit

Many new members (and some older ones) don’t currently have club kit and may not want to buy any kit until they have been involved in a regatta or head race. Therefore in the short term it’s recommended that crews who do not have kit wear plain black short or long-sleeved t-shirts until they decide to commit to racing. The club makes several kit orders throughout the season and so there are plenty of opportunities to order racing kit. There are also plenty of other types of kit that we order including waterproof jackets, long/short-sleeved embroidered Trafford racing tops, leggings, etc.



Download full brochure here




Recreational Kit & Accessories


At Trafford RC, you can also a variety of recreational kit and Accessories from Godfreys.


Trafford Rowing Club-Boats


Trafford RC is a small club, however we do have a good range of equipment. Our fleet consists of 29 boats from eights to singles, as well as two Concept 2 indoor rowing machines.  As many of our boats are un-named, their make, MSC Co. Licences and Tideway numbers are displayed in brackets for easier identification.


Single & Double Scull Booking Procedure


If you would like to use a single or double scull you must book it out in advance.  In the summer weekly booking sheets can be found on the Captain’s notice board at the back of the boathouse.  This system is in use to stop people double booking sculls.


To use the following boats you must be a competent sculler and have permission from the Club Captain:


Singles: The White Boat, TBB, Prometheus, Atlas, New Aylings.


Doubles: Peter Little & Indefatigable.



There are a number of other boats in the Trafford boathouse, but these tend to be private boats and are not for club use. If you are unsure as to which boat you can use, just contact the Club Captain for more information.




No. seats Number Boat Number Weight Manufacturer
1x 7724 The White boat TRF 109 75KG 1x Burgashell
1x 7725 Pan N/A 90KG 1x Wooden 1x
1x 7726 The Black Boat 108 90KG 1x Burgashell
1x 7727 Prometheus 111 85KG 1x Aylings
1x 7728 Icarus 105 80KG 1x Burgashell
1x 7729 Erato 102 75KG 1x Janousek
1x 7730 Atlas 101 95KG 1x Aylings
1x 7735 Robbo n/a 80KG 1x wooden 1x
1x 7736 The blue boat 106 75KG 1x Burgashell
1x 8306 Niobe 103 80KG 1x Burgashell
1x 8307 Bridgewater 110 95KG 1x Aylings
1x 7731 Aylings 301 private boat
1x 7732 Aylings 357 private boat
1x 8300 Filippi 303 private boat
1x 7734 Janousek 302 private boat
2x 8308 Indefatigable 206 75KG 2x Aylings
2x 8310 Cwd-y- lli 202 75KG 2x / 2- Janousek
2x 8311 Peter Little 201 95KG 2x / 2- Aylings
2x 8312 Simon Dawkins 203 80KG 2x Janousek
2x 8309 Stelph STP 605 Private boat
4+ 8292 Simon 404 Janousek
4+ 8314 Rose Rage 401 85KG 4+/x Janousek
4+ 8315 Geoff Baker N/A 4 +/- Wooden 4x+
4+ 8316 Athena 402 70KG 4+/x Janousek
4+ 8317 Jolly Trafford 403 80KG 4+ Janousek
4x 8319 Penny J 405 85KG 4x/- Janousek
4x 8275 Phil Dewdney 407 95KG 4x- Janousek
4x 8318 Grey Quad N/A 4x- Private boat
8+ 8276 Achilles 803 8+ Hwt Janousek
8+ 8277 Derek Chandler 805 8+ 70kg women’s Janousek
8+ 8278 Ronnie Potter 802 8+ 95kg Men’s Sykes
8+ 8305 Ken Ball 801 8+ 85kg ERB
8306 AHOY N/A Training boat
8307 AHOY N/A Training boat
8308 AHOY N/A Training boat
8309 AHOY N/A Training boat
8310 Virus N/A Training Boat
8311 AHOY N/A Training Boat
8312 AHOY N/A Training Boat
8313 AHOY N/A Training Boat
8314 AHOY N/A Training Boat



Trafford Rowing Club-Boat Care

Boats are expensive!! Blades are expensive!!


Manufacturers work hard to produce equipment which is very light and just a little stonger than required when used correctly. This is great because you have a competitive piece of highly tuned racing equipment to use.


The downside is that much of the equipment is also rather delicate and prone to being damage if roughly handled.


Accidents do happen, but sadly most damage is the result of careless handling and manouvering. All damage should be reported promptly to ensure that equipment is always available to you. Imagine turning up to a race and only then finding out that the boat is damaged or deemed unsafe (bow balls especially).


Mike Arnold should be contacted if you damage a boat or spot damage to a boat. As Mike doesn’t row in every boat he only knows if someone tells him if a boat is damaged!! Email and or text message to Mike AND a copy to vice captains is required.


If a boat is damaged and should not be used then tags are available in the green wall mounted box at the front of the boat house. Attach one of these tags and notify VCs and Mike the same day.



Boats with this tag attached must not be used.

Some of the common mistakes people make handling equipment are explained below;



Removing a boat from the racking



Allowing the riggers to make contact with the surface of the boat will scratch the surface and in many cases the scratch will be deep enough to expose the carbon fibre shell to the water. This type of damage takes approximately two hours to repair properly and you may find the boat is “OUT OF USE” if the damage is not report promptly – water will soak the carbon fibre and this must be allowed to dry before the boat can be used!


Putting a boat back on the rack

The markers indicate where the support brace should be positioned. The above example damages the boat. The damage is caused because the construction of the ‘V’ is little more than decorative. The purpose of the structure is to reduce the amount of water taken on board and is often made of two light pieces of plastic. The sides of the boat however are made from a carbon fibre structure with honeycomb centre.

The other problem with not lining up the boats correctly is associated with fitting everything into the boat house – shut the doors an a boat gets knocked off becuase the boat isn’t lined up correctly etc.


Putting the boat in the water / taking it out

This picture shows correct boat launch / removal. It is unrealistic to expect everyone to be able to hold the boat at arms length before bending over but place a foot on the edge of the bank and everyone can easily hold a boat out away from the bank. Contact with the bank will scratch the sides of the boat. The damage is again to the paint work and will affect performance and possible send the boat into “OUT OF USE”.


Getting in & out


Catching the fin

If the boat is allowed to touch the side when people are getting in / out or simple in manouvering or even waiting then again the paint will be scratched, which will affect performance or send the boat into “OUT OF USE”.


This is a common mistake when getting the boat out but also occurs when putting the boat in. The fin and indeed the rudder are important to steering and both are expensive to replace. They are quite exposed and careless handling will bend them. The cox will then have to apply heavy rudder to compensate and this will dramatically slow the boat.



Turning the boat

Contact at either end of the boat with the bank while turning WILL damage the boat. We have had to rebuild a number of boats as the result of such damage. Turn slowly and in control – don’t be like most of us Brits and rush round. People backing down are able to apply less force and for a shorter distance than those pulling. Stay alert, help the cox out.

If this kind of damage isn’t reported and repaired then you may find yourselves being rejected from a regatta on safety grounds!!!




Loading the trailer – Storage


As we have more boats than paces to keep them really, we have to use the trailer for some additional storage. However, to minimise the risk of knocking the riggers together as the trailer is put in and out of the boat house, please load the trailer with the ‘play boats’ as shown in this diagram.




Trailer Jockey Wheel


The adujsting handle jockey (nose) wheel on the trailer should be kept low so as to minimise the leverage on the components and to enable it to be lift easily. Don’t get it so low that the handle impacts the other trailer parts. The following picture shows ideal height and also shows the electrical connector plugged into the ‘holding’ socket, which reduces damage;



Trafford Rowing Club-Boathouse & Boat Care



Trafford Rowing Club’s boathouse forms part of Walton Park Sports Centre located adjacent the Bridgewater Canal just off the Washway Road on Raglan Road in Sale.





In summer 2011 Trafford Council transferred ownership of the centre to the four amateur sporting groups who use it i.e. Trafford Rowing Club, Sale Weight Training Club, Trafford School of Gymnastics and Walton Park Indoor Football Club. These organisations have joined forces to manage the facility under the name of Walton Park Sports Centre Limited. The boathouse has plenty of parking adjacent the building and is only a short walk down the canal tow path from Brooklands Metrolink station and The Brook Pub.




The boathouse is home to our fleet of boats consisting of four 8’s, eight 4’s, five doubles, sixteen singles (including privately racked boats) and nine playboats. We also manage to shoehorn the trailer when not out racing at Regattas and Heads.





Adjacent the main entrance doors there are bike and blade storage racks to one side with cox life jackets, first aid kit and day-glo vests (for use by all single scullers and bow seat occupants). At the rear of the boathouse there is an area for land based training with four ergs along with notice board for club events, weekly boat booking sheet, cox box chargers, boat spares and access to the sport centre which provides changing rooms with showers and toilets.





Boat Care


CLICK HERE for our current Boat Care page.




History of Walton Park

The land occupied by the park was formerly an open space until 1939 when the park was laid out. Walton Park Ladies Bowling Club was formed in September 1942 with the support and cooperation of the existing men’s bowling club and both clubs are still in existence today.
A notable incident occurred in August 1943 when a Wellington bomber on a training mission with a crew of five Royal Australian Air Force and one Royal Air Force personnel crashed onto what is now the football pitch. In 1953 gates were erected at the Walton Road entrance to commemorate the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1972 the Sale Area Model Engineering Society was given a lease of land in the park by Sale Council to build a miniature railway that was completed in 1977 and is still in operation today.  It was also around this time that the Walton Park Sports Centre was opened in the Park on the site of a former grain store that was serviced from the Bridgwater Canal.








Trafford Rowing Club-Past Officers

Trafford RC was founded in 1957, formerly as MV Boat Club. Below are details of former President’s, Chairmen, and Captains of both MV Boat Club and Trafford RC.




Club Captain


Mark Hammer

 Mike Arnold

 Richard Taylor


Mark Hammer

  Mike Arnold

 Richard Taylor


Richard Taylor

 Mike Arnold

Andy Lowe


Derek Chandler

Mike Arnold

Andy Lowe


Derek Chandler

Mike Arnold

Viv Samuelson


Derek Chandler

Mike Arnold

Viv Samuelson


Derek Chandler

Steve Spencer

Richard Taylor


Derek Chandler

Steve Spencer

Richard Taylor


Derek Chandler

Steve Spencer

Richard Taylor


Derek Chandler

Steve Spencer

Richard Taylor


Derek Chandler

Steve Spencer

Jason Welch


Derek Chandler

Dave Westwell

Jason Welch


Derek Chandler

Dave Westwell

Richard Taylor (Men) Avril Corbett (Women)


Derek Chandler

Dave Westwell (Men) Claire McGhee (Women)


Derek Chandler

Dave Westwell (Men) Claire McGhee (Women)


Derek Chandler

Dave Westwell


Derek Chandler

Peter Abbott


Derek Chandler



Derek Chandler

Peter Grady (Men) Katie Baxter (Women)


Derek Chandler

Martin Robinson (Men) Katie Baxter (Women)


Derek Chandler

Jeff Ryan


Derek Chandler

Adrian Bill


Derek Chandler

Peter Manning


Ken Jolley

Ken Ball


Ken Ball