Our conventional style rowers use boats such as skiffs and gigs. They row mainly for pleasure, rather than racing and many of them have their own boats. We have to two gigs at Oxford. One is a club boat “The Whiffler”, and the other is on loan from a member.
English style rowers come on trips to other rivers, canals, and lakes, which are social outings. A key event in the club year for sitting rowers is a downstream row, on the Thames, from Lechlade to Henley or Benson, taking several days. Venetian boats also take part.
Some conventional rowers join the annual trip to Venice for the Vogalonga, usually borrowing a sliding-seat coxed four from a sister club in Venice called “Querini”, one of three Venetian rowing clubs we are associated with.