The first event of the 2022 CARA coastal rowing season will be the Head of the River Adur, the race is held in Shoreham every March and is usually the first opportunity for crews aiming for CARA Championships to size one another up. The race is held over a 3.5km tidal stretch of the river Adur, with two divisions held either side of the high tide. The course runs through the centre of the historic Sussex town and is usually well supported by locals and rowers alike. See more info and previous race results (including course records – for those thinking of attempting them!) on the Shoreham Rowing Club website: here
Welcome back! We’re all set and ready to go with the 2022 Coastal Rowing Season on the South Coast in Sussex and Kent. The new season calendar has been agree by the committee and the clubs and we’re ready to publish the dates for your diary.
Here’s how the 2022 season is shaping up:
Adur Head – Shoreham – 5th March
Viking Shield Regatta – 14th May
Hastings Regatta – 28th May
Bexhill Regatta – 29th May
Dover Regatta – 11th June
Eastbourne Regatta – 18th June
Folkestone Regatta – 19th June
Shoreham Regatta – 2nd July
Brighton Regatta – 3rd July
Southsea Regatta – 16th July
Deal Regatta – 23rd July
Herne Bay Regatta – 30th July
Worthing Regatta – 13th August
Updates to the Events calendar to follow.
After a high ratio of cancelled regattas this year, Deal Regatta went off without a hitch on the 31st July. Despite high winds and threatening skies, Deal managed to hold a great event with all races completed.
Full results will be available on this website as soon as they are released.
The COVID-19 pandemic which has blighted so many lives, finally appears to be lessening its grip on the UK, and for us that means a return of rowing regattas on the South Coast. No regattas were held during 2020 and the first half of the 2021 season was also cancelled. However, as of the 11th of July 2021, we are back up and running!
Folkestone had the honour of being the first post-COVID race, after Worthing lost out owing to the lockdown extension.
We’re so pleased to be back and are looking forward to many more races to come this year and beyond.
We’re very sad to announce the passing of Phil Challen, former secretary of CARA. We cannot express enough thanks for everything Phil contributed to rowing on the South Coast, he touched the lives of so many of us and for that we will be forever grateful. Our thoughts are with Bexhill and Phil’s family and friends at this time.
Southsea regatta was held in its entirety this weekend, with CARA crews battling against their Hants and Dorset Amateur Rowing association counterparts. Updated regatta standings will be put up later this week.
2019 season is now underway, with lots of exciting racing and close finishes! We have so far had Hastings Regatta, Bexhill Regatta and Eastbourne Regatta – all of which were held in full. You can find the full standings on the 2019 Standings page.
We have 4 events in a 4 way tussle, these are the Veteran 50+ Fours, Mens Junior Fours, Ladies Novice Fours and Mens Junior Sculls! Very excited to see which crews will get to 2 wins first!
Many thanks to Joel Dinning for the pictures, this is of the Ladies Senior Pair at Hastings Regatta
Thomas Barwell and Victoria Ward of Deal Rowing Club have broken the world record for the longest tandem ergometer row (Heavyweight Mixed 19 and Under). They together kept a single rowing machine running for 37 Hours straight, which is incredible!
The 2019 calendar is now on the website, go to ‘Competition’ -> 2019 Race calendar to see or click here 2019 Calendar
Both Worthing and Worthing town regattas were cancelled over the weekend due to strong winds. The regatta calendar will be updated as and when we know the new regatta dates if the regattas are rescheduled.
Picture: Mia Giles