2019 Activities

What’s on for 2019?

Sculling with yoga is the theme for this year… and developing a specialist yoga for scullers set of sequences for improving balance, strength, breathing and flow. We have some amazing teachers and coaches coming.

Hope you can join us.

See activities/courses below and the calendar for a week by week outline.

For much of the year, particularly during the Low season (Nov – Apr) the house will be available for rental on a weekly holiday-let basis.

Because of the specialised nature of the facilities, though, only those technically proficient in the activities they intend to pursue – Sculling, Cycling or Yoga – will normally be offered tenancies; but please don’t hesitate to enquire. Weeks start with arrivals on Sunday and end with departures on Saturday. If you have a special requirement, please ask.

To see which weeks are currently available, see the booking calendar (right).

Specialist courses

During much of the High Season (May – Oct), there will be a succession of courses offering learning and training opportunities in each of our specialist fields (Sculling, Cycling and Yoga).

These all-inclusive courses are available for individuals or small groups and can be tailored to all standards, from beginners to international-event race preparation. They will be run under the general direction of Ali Boileau, working with a series of distinguished guest coaches at different times. See below for details of who and when.

Prices vary from £750 to £1,800 per person depending on time of year, nature of the course and number of people. To see what’s currently scheduled, see the Calendar. If you would like to register an interest in a particular course, please get in touch..

Nutrition for Rowers

Monday 24th to Saturday 29th June

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Sue Appelboom

A nutrition specialist based in London, Sue Appelboom offers practical nutrition and lifestyle advice designed to help her clients, many of them sports people, to play an active role in the improvement of their health and wellbeing.

As an oarswoman in the 1990s, Sue was outstandingly successful . A member of the GB squad, she also won the women’s lightweight singles event at Henley for 10 years in a row – an achievement not seen before or since – as well as two times overall women’s title in the Tideway Scullers’ Head. This experience showed her how diet influences performance, and how nutrition combined with lifestyle changes can boost vitality and peak performance, while also being enjoyable.

The process of resolving her own health issues in middle-age taught her how nutrition can help restore wellness and establish equilibrium.

Sue will come to Bergerac as our guest coach, from Monday the 24th of June to Friday the 28th, assisted by Ali (who was himself coached by Sue in 2000 – 2003).

Sue would cover these topics during the week:

  1. What is healthy eating? Dietary principles for health.
  2. Energy delivery, stress & hormone balance.
  3. Fuelling performance. Nutrient timing pre/post training/race.

You could sign up to join them here for a week of sculling, cycling, yoga and eating, following the normal ChezB course outline with the addition of Sue’s talks and her additional coaching. For me her coaching taught me a huge amount about minimising bounce and maximising flow. You’ll go away with practical and realistic guidelines on healthy nutrition for fitness and sport, as well as her tips on how to move your sculling boat more effectively.

Prices will be €850 per person for more than one in a shared room, €1250 for a single room, with €100 off for anyone who has been on a previous course or booking for consecutive or multiple weeks. This includes five nights of accommodation, all coaching, yoga, breakfasts, lunch and three dinners (the town is only a short walk along the river and is bursting with an interesting range of fantastic restaurants). If you want to arrange your own accommodation the course can be attended for €675 for the full course, all equipment and coaching included. You can register your interest via the contact form. Read more..

Yoga for Rowers with Marina 7th July to 10th of August

Yoga is a well-known route to improved performance for rowers. This is particularly true with the Vinyasa discipline, with its emphasis on performing a sequence of flowing movements. Vinyasa helps build core strength, while also enhancing your awareness and your control of posture, breathing, balance and rhythm. It can also play a vital role in the avoidance of injury.

American rowers have in recent years taken to Vinyasa yoga in a big way, and if you bring the subject up on that side of the Atlantic, you’ll hear one name coming up constantly: Marina Traub.

Marina takes to the water

Based in Philadelphia, Marina is a rare phenomenon: a natural born teacher with over 12 years’ experience as a collegiate and national rowing coach, she combines a deep understanding of oarsmanship with an ability to explain, and more importantly to demonstrate, how Vinyasa routines can safely be learned and used by rowers of all ages and standards, increasing the pleasure and awareness in the boat. Her crews also win.

For just over 4 weeks starting on 7th July, Marina will be at Chez Boileau for the European launch of her yoga classes which have been such a hit with rowers all over the USA, from Boston to Seattle to Sarasota. If you’re serious about improving your rowing, here’s your chance to sign up for a week of highly focused training activity – not just Yoga, but sculling and cycling too. Ali Boileau will be there for most of the time, and will be helping mainly with the sculling coaching.

Dates: Sunday: 7th July to Saturday 13th Sunday: 14th July to Saturday 20th Sunday: 21st July to Saturday 27th Sunday: 28th July to Saturday 3rd of August Sunday: 4th of August to Saturday 10th

Timetable: Arrivals Sunday afternoons, course runs Monday to Saturday morning, with departures Saturday 11am to 12.

Prices will be €850 per person for more than one in a shared room, €1250 for a single room, with €100 off for anyone who has been on a previous course or booking for consecutive (really encouraged for these courses with Marina as huge progress can be made with multiple weeks of practice, if you can afford the time) or multiple weeks. This includes six nights of accommodation, all coaching, yoga, breakfasts, lunch and three dinners (the town is only a short walk along the river and is bursting with an interesting range of fantastic restaurants). If you want to arrange your own accommodation the course can be attended for €675 for the full course, all equipment and coaching included. You can register your interest via the contact form.

Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. Read more…

Charlotte’s Summer Sculling


Monday 19th to Saturday 24th August

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CSuperfast champion sculler Charlotte Taylor will be back in August 2019 for a repeat of her popular 2018 training camps. 

Charlotte’s progress in coaching this year has been similar to her meteoric rise in sculling (see earlier blog post).  Her camp in August 2018 was a big success, with visitors from California, Germany, Scotland and of course the London Tideway all making huge progress.  Feedback from the visitors’ book included many comments such as: “outstanding”, “wonderful” and “best coaching and progress ever!”

(Note by Ali: I joined one of her coaching groups for a week during August and felt significant improvements in my posture, flow and connection.  I got faster during that week thanks to a small change which resulted in a stronger and better connected drive.  She made similar improvements to all the scullers who came. )

Her Reading University scullers clocked up their best results ever during 2018, with four quads qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta; and in December, she was invited to coach the Great Britain under-23 quad for a series of sessions at Dorney Lake. Clearly, the GB national team had noticed how quickly her scullers were moving; she speeds people up!

We’re delighted that Charlotte will be back in Bergerac in August, and we’ll start taking bookings (with deposits) from now. Her week (arrivals on Monday 19th with the course running from Tuesday the 20th to Sunday the the 25th) will be both for club scullers and Masters as well as high-performance scullers. We shall run two groups with some overlap. The programme will follow the basic ChezB structure, but adjusted to suit individuals and requirements.

Prices: will be €850 per person for more than one in a shared room, €1250 for a single room, with €100 off for anyone who has been on a previous course or booking for consecutive or multiple weeks. This includes six (usually five, but Charlotte is arriving on the 19th) nights of accommodation (please ask to arrange if you want to stay an extra night before/after), use of equipment, coaching, breakfasts, lunches and three dinners (The town centre is just a short walk along the river bank and has a big range of fantastic restaurants). If you want to arrange your own accommodation the course can be attended for €675 for the full course, all equipment and coaching included. You can register your interest via the contact form.

Triathlon for Rowers

The Triathlon world has seen a big influx of rowers to the sport in recent years – and this is in no small part due to the influence of Toby Garbett. Toby is not only a two-time World Champion rower, but is also GB national champion in Triathlon for his age group, and an active sports coach working with groups and institutions of all kinds.

Toby is a highly experienced instructor

For two weeks from 6 Oct, Toby will be running a Triathlon course at Chez Boileau. Since the purpose of the course is to demonstrate how and why Triathlon training can be helpful to rowers, the course will include daily sculling, as well as the three Triathlon sports of running, cycling and swimming. Toby’s understanding of fitness, training loads and programs, focus and performance is outstanding – and this is a rare opportunity to train with him in the superb conditions of the Dordogne.

Get in touch if you would like to register an interest, or to ask some questions. Read More…

Healthy Eating for Athletes

The clever guts diet recipe book is just one of over twenty cookbooks joy has either written or been the nutritionist for. Her expertise as a professional nutritionist as well as a being a sculler and cyclist makes her the perfect guide to sports nutrition and healthy eating for athletes. A week of training with her will change your understanding and appreciation of your fuel.

Based in Henley-on-Thames, Registered Nutritionist and successful masters sculler Joy Skipper has worked in the food industry for over twenty years, writing food features and cookery books as well as advising clients on the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

For the past 16 years she has also competed successfully as an International rower and sculler, in lightweight, heavyweight and Masters events. As well as completing the very first Row Zambezi challenge.

More recently, she started to compete in endurance cycling events, including Bangkok to Singapore and LEJOG, and this year will be taking part in Le Cure in the Alps.

Joy doing an event called “Le Cure”, of cycling the vertical ascent of Everest (8848 meters) in the Alps rather than the Himalayas and slightly harder than the wine-tasting route we shall embark on around Bergerac, which will include the famous Chateau de Monbazillac as well as other beautiful and delicious local vineyards

Joy’s varied sporting experience ensures she understands the demands put on the body and mind in tough training schedules and races, and she uses this experience when helping athletes and sports people to reach their peak performance through diet and lifestyle changes.

Joy racing in Henley
World Masters Gold!

In April 2020, Joy will visit Bergerac as our guest Nutritionist and Cooking Instructor. Dates will be confirmed later this year. You could join her for some sculling, cycling, food shopping, cooking and of course eating. Read more about Joy on her Blog …

Prices will be €850 per person for more than one in a shared room, €1250 for a single room, with €100 off for anyone who has been on a previous course or booking for any other courses or weeks. If you want to arrange your own accommodation the course can be attended for €675 for the full course, all equipment and coaching included. You can register your interest via the contact form.