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Selset Oarsmen Rowing Club (1973 - 19??)
Selset Oarsmen established at Selset Reservoir near Ronaldskirk, about 20 mins drive
from Barnard Castle. John Lund, formerly of Bede College and Tees RC, was the driving force.
The club purchased three clinker sculls for £25 from Newark RC, a tub four was given by Durham
ARC, and a shell pair and scull were obtained from Talkin Tarn for 'next to nothing'. Oars and
sculls were given by Tees RC. The club gained 10 members in the first year, and winter training
was underway in winter, as no rowing is possible during the winter months as a stipulation of
the Tees Valley and Cleveland Water Board. The club is a sub-section of the Sailing Club as
a rescue boat must be in attendance when rowing. A parton list was established which includes
the Bishop of Ripon and the Marquis of Zetland. A 4-lane 2,000 metre course is possible in
favourable conditions. Club colurs were chocolate and cream.
The club reported a busy first
season, with Club Captain John Lund winning Novice and 4 Sen C sculling events, as well
as reaching, but losing 3 pairs events with Jim Mooney. The Club now owned 2 clinker fours,
2 clinker sculling boats, a tub four, a coxless pair and 'almost enough' oars. The Club raised
£300 from a barbecue.