WEARA Annual Dinner and Awards

Hosted by the Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club

Saturday 21st October 2017

ELFORDLEIGH HOTEL, GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
Venue: Elite Suite, 6.30pm - 1.00am

Ticket price: £25/each
Meet in Bar: 6.30pm
Sit down for hot buffet dinner: 7.00pm, followed by Chef’s mixed desserts; tea/coffee ***
WEARA Presentations & Speeches: 8.00pm
Dancing: 9.00pm - 11.30pm - Cloughed to Bits **** followed by ‘Club Disco’
Carriages: 1.00am *****

*** Hot buffet dinner: Chicken Curry, Chilli Con Carne, Beef Stroganoff, jacket pots, rice, popadums and chutney. Chef’s mixed desserts: Cheesecake Squares , Dark Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Brownie Bites. Guests to advise of any special dietary requirements. Guests can pre-order wine starting from £15/bottle.
**** www.choughedtobits.co.uk
**** Room rate - single @ £90; double @ £105; triple @ £125 which includes breakfast + full use of spa facilities on the day of booking and check out. Rooms can be booked directly with the venue making reference to the MORC/WEARA Dinner & Dance to attract the corporate rate. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Process for purchasing tickets for this event

The sale of tickets has been limited to 200 guests at a price of £25/each. All guests will need to have purchased a ticket before Saturday, 30th September 2017 from MORC. Tickets may be purchased after this date at the discretion of MORC and the venue only.

Requests for tickets can be made by
Email: secretary.morc@hotmail.co.uk
Post: c/o Sally Williams, Flat 28 Azure, 55 Cliff Road, Plymouth PL1 2PE
Phone: c/o Sally Williams, 07957 543 168

Payment for the tickets can be made by
Cheque: made out to ‘Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club’ and posted to address above.
Transfer to Barclays Bank Plc: Account Name - Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club; Sort code - 20-68-10; Account no - 0327 8069

It is recommended that payment is followed up by an email (as above) making a clear reference to the name of the guest/s and contact details. This will enable payments to be reconciled and tickets to be allocated and issued to guests.

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The WEARA autumn delegates meeting will be held in the Langmead suite at the same venue during the afternoon.

British Rowing - Offshore Rowing Championships

Sunday 30th July. Exmouth RC and the Mayflower Offshore RC (Plymouth) both successfully competed in the Championship at Sandbanks, Poole.

Race 4. OC 2x. Mayflower ORC. (T Doherty & S Prichard) 3rd.
** Race 5. WC 1x. Fiona Carmichael (Mayflower) 1st.
Race 6. WC 4x+. Exmouth RC (A). (F Pink, A Tomlinson, M Van Niekerk & A Childs. Cox R. Parsons) 2nd.
Race 8. OC 4x+. Mayflower ORC (A). (J Hammond, T Doherty, M Crumplin & S Prichard. Cox B. O'Dea) 3rd.

**The Plymouth based Fiona Carmichael from the Mayflower club in the city was a deserved winner of the ladies single sculls race at the inaugural National Offshore Regatta which was staged by British Rowing at Sandbanks in Poole two weeks ago and will now head to the World Championships in France aiming to add the World title to her list of achievements.
The talented sculler secured a gold medal in the Open women's Coastal Solo category where she posted a time of 32 mins 50.6 seconds in her race which was some 30 seconds clear of the 2nd placed competitor from Sweden.
Fiona started rowing as a novice at Mayflower in 2007 and two years later was in action at the world offshore championships in Plymouth racing in a quad where she got her first taste of rowing at a major event. Rowing mainly in a quad at coastal regattas she also raced in a lot of head races in a fine double boats throughout the south west - preferring the longer distance events more so than the short sprints.

Full results can be found under the event in the rowing calendar.

WEARA Championship Regattas. 2017

With nine of the ten regattas for 2017 complete only the Men’s J18 4+ event remains to qualify as a championship event. In the fours championship points tables Exeter RC maintain a slender lead with 110 points, followed by Bideford AAC (Blues) 109.5 points and Castle Dore RC with 85.5 points. Exeter RC also head the sculls tables with 25 points; Plymouth ARC 18 and Dart-Totnes ARC 12 points.
Eligible clubs will now be contacted to re-confirm availability, if selected, to represent the association in the senior championship events at the South Coast Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake in September.

12th. Torbay Royal Regatta.
Event with 33 races successfully completed. Results attached to event on rowing calendar.

24th. (10) Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
The draw for the final West of England Championship Regatta of the season at Dartmouth has been made and it reveals a large entry from local clubs, but also shows a lack of interest from rowing clubs outside of the region who in the past have traditionally attended the popular regatta. Rowing will take place on the River Dart on Thursday 24th August and will require an early start for all competitors with the first race of the day due away at 9.00am and will continue throughout the day at 10 minute intervals culminating with the final of the Men's Open eight at 16.30.
Regular visitors Oxford Brookes University will again provide tough opposition for local crews in both the mixed and men's eights where Dart Totnes together with a composite eight from Torquay and Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge will be their main challengers.
Only Shoreham provide opposition in the main championship fours where their Senior C crew will no doubt offer a stern challenge to the locals from the Bideford Reds, Blues and Castledore clubs and it is somewhat surprising to report that there are no visiting crews contesting the men's Senior A fours where again Greenbank Falmouth, Paignton, Bideford Reds and Plymouth will battle it out over the extended distance of 2000 metres.
There is a distinct lack of entries in the ladies classes which has resulted in there being no race at Senior A whilst only Dartmouth and the Fowey based ladies from Castledore have entered at Senior B level. Four crews however from Bideford Blues, Greenbank Falmouth, Exeter and Plymouth will contest the ladies Senior C race. There is considerable interest in all of the junior races, where again most of the local clubs will be hopeful of success although at the other end of the age scale there are no entries in either of the men's or ladies Masters championship fours.

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 re-scheduled for July.

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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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. 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.