St Peter's School
Guy Fawkes' Boat Club is a social rowing club for the parents, alumni and supporters of St Peter's, St Olave's, and Clifton School and Nursery. The Club exists to provide social rowing for its members and to support the St Peter's School Boat Club in financial and practical ways.
Members meet on Friday and Saturday mornings after school drop-off, and additionally on Friday evenings in the summer. Crews aren’t fixed and are based on who’s booked for that session. We have a regular coach and the Head Master is our President.
Several times a year, some members get mildly competitive and enter home events on the Ouse or go to ‘away’ Regattas and Heads. Despite the recreational style of rowing, the club has enjoyed some notable successes, and there have also been some very close finishes.
Origin and History
The club was formed in the early 1990’s by Ben Gill and Edward Alton with the backing of Robin Pitman the head master at that time. Ben Gill and Jill de Boer were the first men’s and ladies Captains.
With the school located so close to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Ouse in York, and with an established Rowing club at the school, the aims were to have fun, to keep fit and raise funds for the school’s boat club.
The first crew to row was Edward Alton, Ben Gil, Trevor Mulryne and Jim Burns, with Jeremy Taylor as cox. They were soon joined by Andrew Penty, Jill de Boer, Ann Tong, Val Alston, Allan Highet, Mike Porte and Liz Porte. The first GFBC project was to sponsor the building of a fourth step, which enables boats to be launched when the river is low. The club has since extended these steps.
If you are interested in joining the club as a beginner (we run learn to row courses) or as a rower with previous experience please contact Club Captain Nick Booth:
Mobile: 07904 874351
The club charges an annual subscription (currently £150) and insists that members join Bristish Rowing (max £58 currently). We also offer coaching on a discretionary additional fee basis for regular rowers.
New members are welcome and if you are not sure come and try it out first…