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So there are signs of spring in the air! The evenings are drawing out and it’s very nearly time to drive home from work without the headlights on! That means one thing; rowing in the evenings are nearly back. So, more boat time and also time to start preparations for the new CARA racing season.
Let’s take a look at the first event of the season, the Head of the Adur River Race. The Adur Head has long been the first opportunity to clubs get to take a look at the competition for the upcoming season, and is always a nervous time, when we see how our winter training compares to the rest. The event is due to take place on the 12th of March in Shoreham, the event poster can be seen here: Adur_Head_Poster_20175b15d
I look forward to seeing you all there, best of luck with the training!
Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown rowing club held two regattas on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of July. The weather provided some really exciting racing conditions and some really close finishes.
The weekend belonged to the home club, despite some impressive wins from Bexhill’s Men and Shoreham’s strength in the ladies events, Deal put together a real team effort for their home event and as such they took wins and podium finishes in many races, however their most impressive performances were when sculling where they took J16 Boys, Novice men, Junior men and Senior men’s victories.
Many championships events were decided this weekend, as the halfway point of the racing season was passed. Check the results pages for more info and individual regatta event pages for write ups.
Weekend #3 – 28/29th of May 2016 – Shoreham and Brighton Regattas
Both Shoreham Regatta on Saturday and Brighton Regatta on Sunday saw northerly winds blowing strongly making conditions a little windy on the beach but flat and calm close to the shoreline.
With all clubs except Hastings in attendance, it was this season’s big three who took the the glory, with Bexhill, Deal and Shoreham winning all of the races over both days between them. While great results for the three clubs involved we hope that in the future we can see more clubs moving forwards and developing to take their share of the wins.
As has been the case on the previous 2 racing weekends, many races were won comfortably. However there were some notable moments of excitement and close racing – none more so than in the Senior Sculls race Between Deal’s Will Dennis and Bexhill’s Mark Mitchell at Brighton Regatta where the lead changed hands on many occasions and the result was decided in the last strokes of the race, with victory going to Mitchell by less than a foot, this takes the Championship to 3-2 in favour of Dennis. Other close races included the Men’s Junior Four which was won on both days by a small margin by Shoreham moving them into a 3-2 overall championship lead – we look forward to more close racing in this category in the coming weeks!
Bexhill’s 12 victories would normally have been impressive, however this paled next to the home club Shoreham’s extraordinary 21 wins over the two regattas. Nonetheless it is still Bexhill who lead the way in the League, while Shoreham are in control of the Grand Aggregate race.
Full results are live on the events pages
Weekend #2 – 21/22nd of May 2016 – Hastings and Bexhill Regattas
Sadly, high winds on Friday night and Saturday morning meant Hastings regatta was called off. However the weather calmed over Saturday night and Sunday’s regatta at Bexhill went ahead on rough but certainly row-able water.
It was well organised day with strong performances in the bumpy water from the home club, and also from Deal and Shoreham. It was Bexhill who took the Grand Aggregate on the day, the result of a strong team effort and a lot of crews on the water placing well. Deal put in a strong performance to take the Junior Aggregate and the Novice Aggregate, while Shoreham wont the Ladies Aggregate. It was Shoreham who took the most race wins and maintained their lead in the race for the CARA Grand; they took 8 victories in all, including winning every ladies status race held. Folkestone were the only other club to win a race, taking victory in the V50 Four. Full results are live on the events page: here
It’s that time of year again, and the coastal racing season is upon us! It’s time to put all that winter training into practise, and time to celebrate all that is great about coastal rowing. We’re all excited about the season ahead – and let’s hope we get as many regattas in the sun as possible.
Regatta results should be updated as soon as possible after each race or race day, so make sure you check the website regularly throughout the season.
Good luck to all clubs racing!
The latest regatta and CARA events list is now available, final dates to be confirmed soon!
|Saturday 30th January||South Coast Championship Council Meeting. (Christchurch)|
|Open Transfer of Registration & Regressions closed|
|Saturday 27th February||Closing date for items for inclusion to AGM.|
|Sussex Indoor Mile …. Held at Bexhill|
|Saturday 5th March||C.A.R.A. Umpires Annual General Meeting (Folkestone 10.30hrs)|
|Saturday 12th March||ADUR JUNIOR HEAD starting at 10.15am|
|Sunday 13th March||ADUR FOURS HEAD. Starting at 11.15am|
|Saturday April 9th||C.A.R.A. Annual General Meeting at Herne Bay (10.30am)|
|Saturday April 2nd||Viking Shield Regatta to be held at Deal …… (starting at 09.00hrs)|
|Saturday April 16th||Inspection of SCC Course at Herne Bay & Facilities …. 10.30hrs.|
|Saturday April 30th||Last Day for Clubs to submit 2014 Affiliation payment.|
|Saturday May 7th||Worthing Regatta. ( 9.30hrs start)|
|Sunday May 8th||Worthing Town Regatta. ( 10.00hrs start)|
|Saturday May 28th||Shoreham Regatta. ( 12.00hrs start )|
|Sunday May 29th||Brighton & Hove Regatta. ( 12.30hrs start)|
|Saturday TBC||Hastings Regatta. (to be held at Bexhill )|
|Sunday TBC||Bexhill Regatta.|
|Saturday 25th June||Eastbourne Regatta. ( 11.00hrs start )|
|Saturday July 2nd||Dover Regatta. ( 11.00hrs start )|
|Sunday July 3rd||Folkestone Regatta. ( 11.00hrs start )|
|Saturday July 9th||Deal Regatta. ( 9.30hrs start )|
|Sunday July 10th||C.A.R.A. Regatta.@ Deal ( 9:30hrs start )|
|Saturday July 16th||Southsea Regatta. ( 10.00hrs start )|
|Saturday July 23rd||Herne Bay Regatta. ( 13.00hrs start )|
|Sunday 21st August||C.A.R.A. Row-off`s at either Bexhill or Folkestone if required|
|Saturday September 3rd||South Coast Championships at HERNE BAY ( 10.00hrs start )|
|Saturday September 24th||C.A.R.A. Umpires Commission Meeting at Bexhill.|
|Saturday 1st October||Closing date for 2017 Regatta Dates to be submitted.|
|C.A.R.A. Presentation Dinner and Dance. (Battle)|
|Saturday 22nd October||Association Half Yearly Executive Meeting at Bexhill.|
With four regattas down, the CARA season is well underway but there’s still everything to play for. We’ve had some great racing so far with some fairly coastal conditions – testing crews mettle against the waves early on in the season.
Most of the events are still wide open, none more so than the Ladies’ Double Sculls, which for the first year is a grand aggregate event and proving extremely popular. Attracting a large entry of crews at each regatta, after 3 races (the first called off due to adverse weather) it is extremely tight at the top of the table with Dover, Shoreham and Bexhill all battling it out for the win.
It so far also looks like there might be a shift in dominance in the men’s single sculls event, with Will Dennis from Deal taking the win from Bexhill’s long-time sculls champion Mark Mitchell in the first regatta. Now with Mark out of action (we wish him a speedy recovery) can anyone oppose Will?
Deal Rowing Club are so far dominating the Grand Aggregate, with consistent performances and wins from both mens and womens crews across the range of events. But with eight more regattas left to race there is still time for other clubs to step up and challenge them.
It’s shaping up to be an exciting season!