WEARA Chairman

After consultation with member clubs the association is pleased to confirm the election of Rob Harris, Captain of Paignton ARC as WEARA Chairman with immediate effect. The appointment follows the very sad and untimely passing away of Chris Moyse of the Plymouth club.

Rob is well accustomed to the workings of the association, assisting with the compilation of regatta results and other matters and is currently the delegate on the WEARA committee for Paignton. He is also Junior Regional coach for the Western Region, which includes all the clubs in South West and organises the team and takes them to Nottingham to compete in the junior championships.

WEARA Championship Regattas. 2017

June
Port of Bideford Championship Regatta.

Conditions on the River Torridge were just about ideal last weekend (Saturday 17th) when Bideford hosted the second West of England Championship regatta of the season and as a result produced some excellent racing in both the junior and senior categories, with all of the participating clubs securing important wins.
For the first time in a great number of years a crew from Paignton took the honours in the men's Senior A fours where the four of Tommy Windeatt, Mike Lister and Sam Falconer along with the new WEARA Chairman Rob Harris came home in first place ahead of Bideford Reds. The Reds however did have the satisfaction of winning the men's Senior B fours where Jon Lamont, Luis Wilkins, Karl Rowland and Ross Bennett finished ahead of the club's B crew and local rivals Bideford Blues in third place.
The Exeter combination of Danny Clifford, Tom Zawalnyski, Vince Simpson and Jack Doble were winners of the men's Senior C fours ahead of six other crews after failing to pick up a place at Plymouth two weeks ago and with Declan Murphy and Steve Gibson joining Clifford and Zawalnyski they also won the Novice fours.
With no Ladies Senior A race, attention turned to the Senior B fours where the Castledore crew of Imogen Vale, Maddie Trudgeon, Alice Bloomer and Maria Norman eased home ahead of Dartmouth and Dart Totnes. There was no race in this class at Plymouth so the Fowey based ladies got their season off to a positive start as did the Blues ladies in winning the Senior C category.
The fast improving Castledore club also secured victories in both the women’s Junior 14 and the highly competitive Junior 16 classes and finished the day with an impressive 18 points to mark their development on the local rowing scene. Another club very much on the up is Dartmouth who have spent many years in the doldrums but are now emerging with a talented bunch of juniors who are beginning to make their mark at local regattas. Particularly impressive was their Junior 16 quad of Jordyn Watkins, Louis Shram, Olli Smith and Torin Peel who recorded their second successive championship victory.
Also impressive was the contingent from Exeter who in addition to winning the men's Senior C and Novice fours also secured victories in five other races. Their Junior 14 quad of Tom Shipton, George Copley, Oliver Wickham and Edward Fuller finished ahead of Totnes and Dartmouth with Fuller and Wickham also heading the field in the Junior 14 double sculls.
Also performing well were the juniors from Plymouth who finished the day on 33 points and in the process picked up five class wins. Particularly delighted were the winning ladies Junior 18 crew of Seren Evans, Constance Shaw, Jade Colton and Eloise Jones who missed out at their own regatta but stormed back at Bideford to now stand level with Castledore, Dart Totnes and Exeter on 3 points apiece. Exeter juniors will however be extremely disappointed when their Junior 18 four were disqualified by the mid-course umpire for rowing out of lane and impeding other crews.
In the championship single sculls - the men's Senior A race was won by Torquay's Henley Royal Regatta bound Elliot Barton who beat Plymouth's Danny Carlson and Dan Willmington from Exeter in an excellent race. Torquay also won the men's Junior 16 race where Will Cleasby finished ahead of Ed Coles from Dart Totnes and Josh Thomas from Greenbank Falmouth. Ed Fuller from Exeter completed a hat trick of wins in the Junior 14 race whilst Izzy Burridge from Dart Totnes won for the second race running in corresponding girl’s event. Submitted by Dave Godfrey. Results posted under the event on rowing calendar.

COMING UP -

July
(3) Totnes & Bridgetown Royal Regatta.
1st July. 500m Sprint Events.
2nd July. 1000m WEARA Championship Events.
Entries for both events closed 20th June.
Further details from Pete Atkinson – titchvet@tiscali.co.uk
Tel: 01803 559503.

8th (4) City of Exeter Regatta.
400m three lane racing. Commencing from 10:00 approx.
Entries closed 24th June.
Further details from Dave Woods - dw00ds@btinternet.com
Mob: 07970 292198.

22nd (5) Wimbleball Championship Regatta.
Postponed from Saturday 10th June. Racing commences from noon.
Entries close at 6pm Saturday 8th July.
Entries and further details: Andrea & Stephen Worley - s.a.worley@btinternet.com
Tel: 01643 702074. Mob: 07775 897084.

29th (6) Greenbank Falmouth RC Regatta.
1000m six-lane racing. Commencing from 11:00.
Entries close at 18:00 on Saturday 15th July.
Entries and further details: Regatta Secretary – info@greenbankfalmouth.org.uk

30th (7) Appledore & Instow Regatta.
Commencing from approx. 09:30.
Entries closed 16th June.
Further details: Peter Reveley - peter.reveley@yahoo.com

August
5th. (8) Paignton Regatta.
Details awaited.

12th. (9) Torbay Royal Regatta.
Details awaited.

24th. (10) Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
1000m - 6 lane course from below the Higher Ferry to above the Lower Ferry.
2000m - 6 lane course for all eights, Men Senior A & B coxed fours, starting from Noss Marina.
Entries close at 6pm on Saturday 15th July.
Entries and further details from Miss Ali McGrigor, 161 Victoria Road, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9EF.
Email: incey423@talktalk.net. Tel: 07746 944236.

WEARA Offshore Rowing Events. 2017

The league racing during the 2017 racing season has been split into two series with the first four events being staged in April and May whilst the four Autumn events will commence on 2nd September and finish on 12th November. The split has been introduced to allow rowers from the clubs to compete in the West of England Championship events which run from the beginning of June through to late August. Unfortunately the Parson & Clerk Gallop event on 30th April was cancelled owing bad weather and now re-scheduled as below.

The current standings after the first three races:
Ladies: Teign Scullers A 17 points, Exmouth A 156, Exmouth B 11
Men: Exmouth A 17, Teign Scullers 15, Mayflower A 12
Masters: Mayflower A 17, Teign Scullers A 16, Exmouth A 12
Mixed: Exmouth A 11, Mayflower A 11, Exmouth B 7.

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July
1st. From the Teign Scullers: Re-scheduled Parson & Clerk Gallop. We are aware that it clashes with Totnes Regatta; we just had no choice and hope that there are not too many clashes.
The good news is that we are linking it in with the Teign Gig regatta, which should add some spice to the day. If conditions are suitable we hope to have a fun
event afterwards swapping boats with the gigs. Entries to Gordon Yeats gordonyeates6@gmail.com

September
2nd. Muddy Rubble. Plymouth (Coastal 8k)

30th. Pier to Pier. Torquay (Coastal 8k)

October
28th. Exe Raid. Exmouth 8k Estuary.

November
11th. River Teign RC. Lead weigh8 Race.

South Coast Rowing Championships. Dorney Lake 2017. Bulletin No 8

This is the eighth of a series of E Bulletins – probably being sent out monthly - being sent to individuals and Clubs with information on the 2017 & 61st South Coast Rowing Championships Regatta and the 12th Under 16 Regatta which will take place on Saturday, 2nd September, 2017 and is being hosted by the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association at ETON DORNEY, near Windsor, the venue for the 2012 Olympic Regatta and South Coast Rowing Championships in 2007 and 2011.
The first bulletin focused on why we are returning to Eton Dorney, a description of the venue and the facilities available and its location, the second on the reason for the early date and how the event is being organised - including key contacts and the third on accommodation in the area and the attractions in and around Windsor and Maidenhead you may like to visit if you choose to stay for more than one day; the 4th covered the briefing update given to January's South Coast Council AGM which covered a number of aspects of the planning and organisation of the regatta plus the changes to the Rules of the South Coast Council agreed by the delegates at the meeting. The 5th bulletin covered the communication plans and how we intend to distribute and publicise information on the South Coast Championship Regatta and the 6th focused on the provisional time table for the event, some of the facilities we have in place and improvements since the last SCC at Dorney Lake and the 7th covered the branded merchandise that will be available to buy through are merchandising partner "Rock the Boat" which was launched at Ryde Regatta on Saturday, 13th May, 2017 and is now available to purchase on-line through the Championships Web Site or the Rock the Boat Web site plus information on safety at the Regatta.
If you missed any of these bulletins you can down load a copy from the home page of the 2017 SCC Web Site - go to http://www.hdara.co.uk/scc
This bulletin focuses on the Invitation to the Regatta and the entry pack which will be posted to the three Association secretaries and their affiliated clubs around 1st July, 2017.
The 2017 South Coast Championships Regatta entry pack.
The 2017 South Coast Championships Regatta entry pack – consists of – Invitation letter; Poster; Conditions/Rules of Entry; the Championship Events entry form (Association Secretaries and SCC Secretary only); the Open/Invitation Events and Junior events entry forms and the Entry Amendment form (for all events). In addition included with the entry pack are some additional notes - Car/Coach Parking arrangements; information on Club Pitches and on Training at Dorney Lake prior to the Championships.
All these document will be/have been posted to the Secretaries of the three South Coast Rowing Associations and all their affiliated clubs. they should be posted out on or around 1st July, 2017 and they can be downloaded from the 2017SCC Web site which is hosted by the H&DARA web site at www.hdara.co.uk – quick link - www.hdara.co.uk/scc
To download go to SCC Regatta Tab, open drop down, click on REGATTA INFORMATION then click on 2017 SCC ENTRY PACK for the Invitation letter; Poster; Conditions/Rules of Entry; the Championship Events entry form (Association Secretaries and SCC Secretary only); the Open/Invitation Events and Junior events entry forms and the Entry Amendment form (for all events) and SCC 2017. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for Car/Coach Parking arrangements; information on Club Pitches and on Training at Dorney Lake prior to the Championships. (Note – all documents are in word format except the Poster/Flyer which is a pdf document).
The Invitation and the Conditions/Rules of Entry are listed below - and the entry forms for the open, invitation and junior events are attached in word format. The Car/Coach Parking arrangements; information on Club Pitches and on Training at Dorney Lake are also shown below.
The invitation -
On behalf of the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association and the organising committee of the 2017 South Coast Championships Regatta and South Coast Junior Regatta we would like to extend an invitation to all Coast ARA, Hants & Dorset ARA and West of England ARA Clubs to compete at this year’s South Coast Championships Regatta and South Coast Junior Regatta.
Entries are invited for –
Open and Invitation Events, over 2000m, for - Men’s Senior, Junior Senior, Junior and Novice Coxed Fours – Ladies Senior, Junior and Novice Coxed Fours and Veteran/Masters Coxed Fours (mixed) for age groups 40+ (Masters “A”) and 50+ (Masters “B”) – and Ladies Veteran/Masters Fours for age group 40+ - on the day of the Regatta.
Junior Events, over 1000m, for – Boys – J16 x+, J16 2x, J16 1x, Coastal J16 4x+ and Coastal J16 1x; Girls - J16 4x+, J16 2x, J16 1x, Coastal J16 4x+ and Coastal J16 1x; Boys – J14 4x+, J14 2x and J14 1x; Girls - J14 4x+, J14 2x and J14 1x. A minimum of three entries are required to stage an event. Are we offering J16 4+/C4+ for Boys & Girls?
NOTE: Age qualification (BR Rule) will be relaxed to allow juniors to compete at the status at which they have raced/qualified for during the 2017 season. Note. SCC Rules do not allow Mixed Crews in Junior Events.
Association Secretaries are invited to enter up to two Club Crews in the Championship Events – Men’s - Senior Fours, Junior Senior Fours and Junior Fours – plus Ladies Senior Fours and Junior Fours – and Masters Fours.
Note: there are different entry forms for Championship, Open and Junior events – please make sure you use the correct form. Entries forms can be downloaded from the Web Site.
The Clubs and individuals entered must meet the criteria laid down by the Rules relating to entry conditions of the South Coast Rowing i.e. South Coast Council Rules 23 through to 30 + 69 and 70. (see attached) and must be affiliated to one of the three South Coast Rowing Associations - Hants & Dorset ARA, Coast ARA or the West of England ARA.
Entry Fees are £4 per Seat [£16 for a four] (includes £0.50 per seat South Coast Levy) – cheques to be made out to – Hants & Dorset ARA. Entry fees for Championship crews are paid by their Association at £2.50 a seat/£10 a crew.
Send completed entry forms and entry fees (cheques to be made payable to – Hants & Dorset ARA) to:
SUE SOTHCOTT, ENTRIES SECRETARY, 2017 SOUTH COAST ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS.
41 Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4AT.
(Telephone - Home: 01202 645647; Mobile: 07709 253160).
Or by E Mail to – hdarascc@googlemail.com
by 5.00pm on Sunday, 13th August, 2017.
Entries by E Mail MUST include full details as per entry form. If sent by E mail electronic copy must be received at the above E Mail address by 5.00pm on Sunday, 13th August, 2017 and an electronic/BACS payment received by the same time or the entry may be rejected. Payment can be made by electronic transfer – to: Account – Hants & Dorset ARA. Sort Code 30-99-87 A/C No. 00150609. Please put Club name in reference field.
No telephone entries will be accepted. No late entries after the closing date. Incomplete entries may be rejected. Entries must include the full names of all crews including coxswains. The draw for the Junior Regatta and the Open and Invitation events of the South Coast Championships Regatta will take place at the Itchen Imperial R. C. Clubhouse, Crosshouse Road, Chapel, Southampton, from 6.00pm on Tuesday, 15th August, 2017.
Conditions/Rules of Entry.
RULES AND RECOMMENDATIONS. RULES. May 2017. Entry conditions.
Entry conditions
23. (a) Oarspersons rowing in Championship events shall be barred from competing in the Open Regatta,” in Fours Events (Pairs and Single Sculls events are exempt)” but are allowed to compete in more than one Championship event if selected by their Association. No crew or oarsperson is allowed to enter for more than two Open events, and no late entries will be accepted. But crews can be switched if affected by Championship results after the closing date for entries. Any crew entered in the supporting events, before being selected to represent their Association in the Championship events, shall be entitled to a full refund of their supporting event entry fee.
(b) The U16 Regatta shall be regarded as a separate regatta in which competitors will be permitted to enter more than one event but will be subject to meeting the regatta timetable. Entrants in the U16 Regatta may also enter the Championship Regatta but will be subject to the conditions laid down in Rule 23(a). But any selected Championship crew will not be allowed to race in the same Championship Four or in any other Open Fours race.
24. The entrance fee for the Championship races shall be £2.50 per seat. For Open and U16 events the entrance fee shall be £4.00 per seat including a levy of £0.50 per seat. The levy shall be collected by the organising committee, and paid to the South Coast Rowing Championship Council by 31st October. A fine of £25 per week will be imposed for late payment.
25. (a) Each Association has the right to nominate the crews that will represent them in the six Championship events, and are not bound to nominate their Champion crew or runner-up. Crews must come from Clubs affiliated to the Association that they are representing and must all be registered members of that Club. In the event of a crew in a Championship race becoming incomplete before the start of the Championships, the Association concerned shall have the right to nominate a substitute oarsperson from the same Club, or to replace the entire crew by another crew from another Club.
(b) If one of the Associations cannot fulfil their full representation, even if the Association can only submit one crew in any one status, then the other two Associations may enter an additional crew in that status without charge. The Association that cannot fulfil their representation must try to give the other two Associations as much notice as possible, being not later than the closing date of entries for the Championship of their failure to fulfil.
(c) That all competitors in the Championship events must have competed in at least three Championship Regattas within their Association, in the current season of the South Coast Rowing Championships, for the club that they are representing in order to qualify to compete in the South Coast Rowing Championships.
(d) That all competitors in the Open events, except those of Novice status, must have competed in at least three Championship Regattas within their Association in the current season of the South Coast Championship Regatta, or have been a registered Association member for 12 months for the Club that they are representing to qualify for entry into the South Coast Rowing Championships. Novices must have competed in at least one Championship Regatta within their Association in the current season of the South Coast Championship Regatta, or have been a registered Association member for 12 months for the Club that they are representing.
(e) That all crews in the U16 Regatta must come from clubs affiliated to the Association that they are representing, and must all be registered members of that club.
(f) No oarsperson who transferred between two Clubs less than four weeks before the published date of the South Coast Rowing Championships will be allowed to compete in any Open or Invitation event at the Championships for their new Club.
(g) Any crew selected by their Association to represent them, but the crew refuses, that crew will not be accepted in any other race at that Championship.
26. All Clubs are responsible for putting in their own entries (together with entry fee) for all Open and U16 races before the closing date for entries set by the organising committee. The closing date for the Open and U16 entries must not be earlier than three weeks prior to the date of the Championships. The organising committee shall notify each Association Secretary of the closing date, so that each Association can submit its selected Championship crews before the closing date for entries. Clubs entering crews in supporting events before selection to represent their Association shall be entitled to a refund of the entry fee on having to withdraw from the supporting event on being selected and the Championship entry fee being paid by the Association.
27. Any oarsperson who has raced for Championship points for one Association during the season, shall not be permitted to represent another Association at the South Coast Rowing Championships unless he has transferred his membership from one Club to another in accordance with the Rules of the Associations. This shall not affect the right of crews from Clubs affiliated to two Associations to be selected by either Association to represent them at the South Coast Rowing Championships.
28. The Open Veteran coxed fours for The Sidney De Haan Cup and the Open Veteran Coxed Fours for the CARA Presidents Cup shall be open to male and/or female rowers over the age of forty and fifty years respectively by the end of the calendar year of the Championships. Entries from composite crews will be permitted but any composite crew must include at least three oarspersons registered with the same Club.
29. The Championship Veteran coxed fours shall be for male and/or female rowers over the age of forty by the end of the calendar year of the Championships. Entry shall be in accordance with Rule 25.
30. Any changes to crew personnel and crews scratched after the closing date for entries must be notified to the organising committee on the official form provided. Only two changes per crew are allowed and changes in crew personnel for Championship events must be notified before the draw for positions. Changes to crew personnel in the Open and U16 Regatta events must be submitted before the Captains’ Briefing on regatta morning. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Council consider changes to crew personnel after these deadlines. Failure to notify these changes or scratchings, or non-arrival at the start by the required time, will result in a fine of £25 and will be considered a disciplinary offence reportable to the South Coast Rowing Championships Council. Any fine imposed will be levied against the offending club and must be paid within 28 days to the Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of the South Coast Rowing Championships Council. The Council will preside over all disciplinary matters at their January meeting.
PLUS –
The spirit of the Rules.
69. These Council Rules encompass the Championship events, the Open and U16 (for rowers younger than 16 years) Regattas. In the event of ambiguity, Council will make a final decision in the spirit of these Rules.
70. The Rules of all three Associations under which the supporting races are held prohibit composite crews, and therefore it automatically follows that composite crews cannot be accepted in these events, and members of a crew must belong and be entitled to race for the Club entering the crew, with the exception of Open Veteran (Rule 28) which permits composite crews. Also U16 and U14 Quad Sculls are permitted to race with composite crews, providing that the crew must include at least three oarspersons registered with the same club. As agreed by the South Coast Rowing Council, May and published in 2017.
Car/Coach Parking arrangements.
There is ample car parking space at Dorney Lake for Officials, athletes and spectators however while there is no charge for entry there is a fee for parking.
The only vehicles that will be exempt from this fee are those towing boat trailers and Race Officials who will receive parking permits. The parking Permit must be displayed to ensure free parking.
The fees are - £10 per Car + 1 program (up to seven people); £20 per Minibus + 2 programs (eight to seventeen people) and £30 for Coaches + 4 programs (more than seventeen people) - payable on entry to the site.
Free Programme(s) - worth £3 each - will be given to every vehicle that pays to park. Parking will be marshalled and will be in the designated car parks.
There will be no parking allowed on the grass unless specific permission is given by one of the authorised attendants.
Information on Club Pitches.
Club pitches are available near the finish line where Clubs can put up a Gazebo or small tent to use as your club base throughout the Regatta. These need to be pre-booked and will cost £30 for a 6m x 6m pitch for the day. All forms received before July 1st will be put into a draw. The first drawn being on the finish line and from on placed toward the start. Clubs who put in for more than one pitch will have their pitches kept together. After July 1st pitches will be allocated on a first come first serve basis – starting from the finish line, after those already allocated - and moving back towards the start.
PLEASE NOTE: BBQ’s are not allowed in the grounds of Dorney Lake and alcohol must be purchased from the licensed authority and cannot be brought on site. Any Gazebo or small tent erected MUST be taken down one hour after the last race.
If you would like to book a Club pitch please complete the form below and return it to –
Tim Bull, 21, Heron Close, Sway, Lymington, Hants. SO41 6ET. Tel. 01590 683887.
E Mail: hdarascc@googlemail.com as soon as possible, with payment of £30 per pitch. Cheques should be made out to the Hants & Dorset ARA or can be paid by electronic transfer to - Hants & Dorset ARA. Sort Code 30-99-87 A/C No. 00150609. Please put “Club Pitch” in the reference field and E Mail the H&D Treasurer - Sue Sothcott on - sue.sothcott@honeywell.com - to advise you have paid in this way.
Training at Dorney Lake prior to the Championships.
The Rowing Lake at Dorney is available for Clubs to train prior to the event however there is a charge, the session has to be booked in advance and can only be booked by calling Dorney Lake.
They take bookings during the week (though you should check their events calendar for major event days) and they are open at weekends if there is sufficient demand (they take provisional bookings for weekends). You must bring a coach and book in with reception.
Session times and prices –
The morning session runs from 8.00am – 12.30pm
The afternoon session finishes at 4:45pm.
Adult cost per session is £6.50
Junior cost per session is £4.10
Please call Dorney Lake reception on - 01753 832 756 - to book.
The lake WILL NOT be available for training at any point on the day of the Regatta – Saturday, 2nd September, 2017.
For further information on Dorney Lake and its facilities visit their web site at –
http://www.dorneylake.co.uk
Further information is also available on the Championship Regatta Web site – which is hosted by the Hants & Dorset ARA web site at http://www.hdara.co.uk – the quick link that will take you directly to the South Coast Championship pages is - http://www.hdara.co.uk/scc
A hard copy of this E Bulletin can be downloaded from this web site in pdf format.
Steve Bull
2017 South Coast Rowing Championships Organising Committee.
Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association.
10 Brookfield Gardens,
Binstead, Ryde,
Isle of Wight.
PO33 3NP.
Telephone: 01983 566481. Mobile: 07786 034941

South Coast Rowing Championships. Dartmouth 2019

Dartmouth Rowing Club has been successful in its bid to stage the South Coast Rowing Championships in 2019 as part of the celebrations to mark the club’s 150th anniversary. The Coast ARA club, Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown, were due to stage the 2019 Championships but have agreed to move to 2018 when a West of England ARA venue was due to hold the Championships.

The Dartmouth club previously staged the Championships in 1959, 1969 and 2006 and a ‘last minute’ transfer to Dartmouth in 2002 when conditions in Torbay proved to be too rough. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta also staged the Championships on its sesquicentennial in 1984 and to mark its 150th Regatta in 1994.
The Championships which are to be held on 14 September 2019, are the culmination of the racing season for crews of the West of England ARA from Devon, Cornwall and Somerset; the Hants & Dorset ARA and the Coast ARA which covers Kent and Sussex and will feature rowing clubs along the south coast from Herne Bay in the east to Falmouth in the west.
To compete in a Championship event, competitors are normally winners or runners-up in their respective status within their Association and it is every South Coast rower's ambition to be a South Coast Championship winner. Open, Invitation and Junior races are also held at the regatta for the remainder of crews from the three Associations.
Dartmouth’s oldest club was established on Monday, 22nd March, 1869, and has a proud and distinguished history. Rowing races had been held on the River Dart for half a century prior to the Rowing Club being formed and the first recorded races were held in the 1820’s which led to Dartmouth Regatta being established in 1834.
When the West of England Amateur Rowing Association was formed in 1896 Dartmouth was one of the eight founding clubs, three of which no longer exist. Dartmouth also provided the first Chairman and Secretary of the Association.
The club has produced some impressive crews down the years and has a record of results second to none in the West of England. The golden era was without doubt during the 1930’s and in particular 1933 the club won the WEARA Championships for Senior, Junior and Under 20’s. At the end of that season the clubs Senior and Junior crews combined to form an eight to take on other crews from around the country and went on to win the National ARA race for Champion eights of England, rowed annually on the river Thames, to lift the Lord Desborough Cup. Two years later in 1935 the Senior four became the National ARA’s Champion four of England winning the Daily Herald Cup.
The amalgamation of the national associations to form the ARA also saw the inception of the South Coast Championship Regatta in 1957 with Dartmouth hosting the third Championship Regatta in 1959. This brought more success for the club with the Senior crew winning the South Coast Championship at that 1959 regatta and repeated the success at the 1962 Championship Regatta.
The year 1969, the club’s centenary, was eventful with the Senior crew winning all eight West of England ARA regattas to win the Association’s Championship with the club’s B crew runners-up. The club also staged the South Coast Championship Regatta for the second time.
Through the 1970’s women’s rowing became the fastest growing sport in the country and again the club had its share of successes at Senior Ladies both at West of England level and at the South Coast Championships with wins in 1980 and 1982.
It is estimated that over the years Dartmouth Rowing Club has won over 2,000 trophies which includes the West of England ARA Men’s Senior coxed fours Championship on 35 occasions. There have been many other landmarks such as becoming the first club to win all of the West of England ARA men’s Championships in 1994.
Junior (Under 18) rowing came to the forefront in the 1990’s and Dartmouth has had its share of West of England ARA Junior Championships and with the inauguration of the South Coast Junior Regatta at Dartmouth in 2006 success on a wider stage. In 2006 the club won four events and in 2007 at Dorney Lake, the venue for the 2012 Olympic rowing events, they went one better with five wins. These successes were surpassed in 2008 at Plymouth with the Juniors winning six events and the newly installed point’s trophy for the South Coast Junior Regatta.
Further celebrations are planned for 2019 with the Fowey based Castledore club foregoing the West of England ARA Presidency in favour of the Dartmouth club. A celebratory dinner is planned for Friday 22 March, with a time trial Head race on the following day.

Hilary Bastone, Secretary for the 2019 South Coast Championships, who was also Secretary for the 1984, 1994 and 2006 Championships and also Chairman for the 2006 Championships, said, “Club members are really enthusiastic about celebrating the 150th anniversary of the club and see the Championships as an important part of celebrating with its friends from clubs along the south coast.”

Hilary Bastone and members of the Dartmouth Rowing Club are already holding regular meetings to start planning the basics for the Championships.
They have produced a budget and set out a list of tasks which have to be undertaken and have confirmed that all the Championship, Open and Junior events on the one day. As part of the 150th anniversary of the Dartmouth club it is also proposed that there will be a special celebratory dinner on the anniversary date with a mini head the following day.