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!
A number of CARA clubs sent representatives to take part in the second British Rowing Indoor Championships on Sat 12th December 2015 – with some excellent results for the coast against rowers from across the UK.
The coast’s top result came early in the day, with Shoreham’s Charlotte Pigg taking home the British Champion title, cruising to gold in the women’s 30-39 2k category in a time of 7mins 17secs, significantly ahead of the other competitors in her field.
Shoreham also produced two other medal winners, with bronzes from Sarah Faith in the women’s 30-39 lightweight category and from Max Huxtable in the open men’s lightweight competition. The latter had a storming start, matching the eventual winner GB rower Richard Chambers stroke for stroke over the first 500m.However, unable to maintain the pace set by the full-time GB athlete, Max would eventually take the bronze medal; an impressive performance against one of the nation’s best lightweight rowers.
Eastbourne’s Steve Turner took home CARA’s final medal – a bronze in the men’s 50-54 category with an impressive 6:32.6.
Alongside the CARA competitors there were impressive sights as the GB mens eight battled it out in the open 2k event – a huge time from Moe Sbihi as he took Matthew Pinsent’s long-standing British record.
A huge congratulations to CARA’s medal winners, and to everyone who took part in the event. Other times were impressive against stiff national competition and show the strength of the coastal rowers.
Full results from the CARA competitors below:
|Charlotte Pigg||Shoreham||30-39 Women||7:17.5||1st Place|
|Sarah Bareham||Shoreham||30-39 Lightweight Women||7:46.7||3rd Place|
|Max Huxtable||Shoreham||Open Lightweight Men||6:37.4||3rd Place|
|Steve Turner||Eastbourne||50-54 Mens||6:32.6||3rd Place|
|Other CARA Rowers:|
|Jamie Waterhouse||Eastbourne||U23 Mens||7:24.8||4th Place|
|Tyler Amos||Deal||U23 Mens||6:25.3||5th Place|
|Robin McCorkell||Dover||U23 Mens||6:38.9||9th Place|
|Chris Price||Dover||Open Lightweight Men||7:07.4||6th Place|
|Thomas Faith||Shoreham||30-39 Men||6:28.8||11th Place|
|Cian Kennedy||Shoreham||40-49 Mens||6:42.2||16th Place|
|Nick Bailey||Dover||60-64 Mens||7:29.5||8th Place|
|Phoebe Mercer||Shorheam||Year 11 Girls||1484m||26th Place|
|Jade Axton||Deal||Year 11 Girls||1449m||31st Place|
|Victoria Ward||Deal||Year 11 Girls||1442m||33rd Place|
|Imogen Duncan||Deal||Year 7 Girls||431m||11th Place|
|Sonny Bell||Deal||Year 8 Boys||771m||8th Place|
|James Taylor||Deal||Year 8 Boys||617m||25th Place|
|Georgina Ford||Deal||Year 8 Girls||634m||24th Place|
|Lucy Rowarth||Deal||Year 8 Girls||628m||25th Place|
|Mia Giles||Deal||Year 9 Girls||848m||45th Place|
|Rachel Ellerby||Deal||Year 10 Girls||1266m||25th Place|
|Emma Boccolini||Deal||Year 10 Girls||1205m||39th Place|
|Lauren Kemp||Deal||Year 10 Girls||1064m||57th Place|
Medal winners in bold
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.|
The ‘CARA Unites Against Cancer’ event was dreamt up by the trio, and saw them stop at every CARA rowing club across the two days, being joined on each leg by one or two members of each club.
The boys’ efforts to unite the association in fundraising has been fantastic – to donate to their cause click here.
Dover Regatta was, after cancellations, the 6th regatta in the 2015 season, it was held on the 27th of June 2015 in sunny conditions but with choppy water and stiff westerly breeze. Most clubs attended, the exceptions being Southsea and Hastings.
Some great races were held with some very close finishes with rowers all pushing hard to ensure they weren’t caught out by the stagger on the finish
Deal were the best club on the day, taking the Grand Aggregate by a huge margin and winning 6 events, S4+, JS4+, LJ4+, J4+, and a dramatic last gasp sprint finish past Bexhill in the Senior Sculls which thrilled spectators.
Shoreham’s Ladies also had a good day with wins in the Senior Fours, and Senior Pairs and 1,2 finish in the Single Sculls as well as a second place in the Junior Pair and Double Scull.
It’s always good to see the host club doing well and that was the case case at Dover; they took two wins, in the Junior Pairs, and the Ladies Double Sculls.
The J16 league is becoming somewhat one sided in both the Girls and Boys events with Deal dominating in the Boys and Shoreham in the Girls both with 100% win records so far. It’s is sad, that so far this year the J14 event has failed to attract enough entrants to run.
At the halfway point in the season Deal are looking hot favourites for the most prized CARA trophy, the Grand Aggregate for the club with the most wins in a season. Bexhill are, as has been the case for a number of years now, leading the way in the CARA league for the club with the most points from finishing in the top 6 in all events.
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!