Van­dals pose a big prob­lem for row­ers

July 1983

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

MEM­BERS of Bray Row­ing Club are be­ing sunk be­cause of lack of se­cu­rity for their small fleet of boats worth thou­sands of pounds.

Ac­cord­ing to the club, their boats are con­stantly exposed to van­dals be­cause there is nowhere avail­able at Bray Seafront for safe stor­age.

And now the club is faced with a £360 re­pair bill to make good ma­li­cious damage com­mit­ted to ond of their two boats, ‘The En­deav­our’.

As club mem­ber Au­drey Collins explained, the van­dal­ism has come at a par­tic­u­larly bad time as the skiff had just been pre­pared for the sea­son.

‘While we should be out us­ing the skiff at all the East coast row­ing re­gat­tas this summer, she is laid up with her side stoved in,’ she said.

De­spite fre­quent rep­re­sen­ta­tions both by them­selves and by lo­cal coun­cil­lors to Bray UDC, Bray Row­ing Club has had no luck in ac­quir­ing a place to use as a boathouse.

‘Our ap­pli­ca­tions for a site have been re­jected,’ said Au­drey. ‘It is very dif­fi­cult for us, as we have to change in cars and use other makeshift ar­range­ments for train­ing.’

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