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

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.


(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 close at 18:00 on Saturday 24th June.
Entries and 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

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.

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

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

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

28th. Exe Raid. Exmouth 8k Estuary.

11th. River Teign RC. Lead weigh8 Race.

South Coast Rowing Championships. Dorney Lake 2017. Bulletin 7

Bulletin Number 7. May, 2017.

This is the seventh of a series of 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
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

This bulletin focuses on 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.
Branded Merchandise for the 2017 South Coast Championship Regatta.
The 2017 South Coast Rowing Championships will be hosted by the Hants and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association and will take place at Dorney Lake on 2 September 2017
Branded merchandise for the event is from our partners at
and HDARA will get a royalty for every sale to help support the event.
The Merchandise was launched the first Hants & Dorset ARA Championship Regatta on the season at Ryde on Saturday, 13th May where samples were available to view and there were flyers to take away.
Prior to the regatta at Dorney in September the merchandise is only available to purchase from our partners at Rock the Boat via their web site – which has a page dedicated to the 2017 South Coast Championship Merchandise.
The merchandise will be on display throughout the season, at Dorney in September & online at
the link to the Rock the boat online shop is –
where there are photos of most of the garments and the branding although the innovative “club list” logo printed on the backs of the long and short sleeved T shirts is not shown although this can be seen on the merchandise page on the SCC web site.
The branded merchandise available to purchase is –
Bottle green microfleece embroidered left breast & back £30
Bottle green polo embroidered left breast & back £20
Bottle green hoodie printed front & back £36
Electric green hi vis performance tee printed front only £18
Navy long sleeved t-shirt printed front & back £20
Navy short sleeved t-shirt printed front & back £16
Event Safety.
As part of the preparations for the Regatta the event Safety Adviser, Gary Joyce, in consultation with Dorney Lake has prepared a number documents relating to safety at the event.
These are - Regatta Emergency Plan, Safety Communications Plan, Risk assessment, Safety Map and Racing circulation plan.
They can all be downloaded in pdf format from the Regatta Web site at - http://www.hdara.co.uk/scc - - click on SCC REGATTA tab and then SAFETY and then click on the appropriate title.
Of particular importance is the racing circulation plan which all crews need to be familiar with.
Any questions/comments relating to these safety documents should be addressed to Gary at - gary.joyce4@ntlworld.com
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.
As our plans develop we will also be using other social media options – Facebook & Twitter to spread the information on the event
If you know of anyone else who would like to receive a copy of the regular E Bulletin on the Championships – or if you wish to be removed from the circulation please E Mail your instructions to –hdarascc@gmail.com
Steve Bull.

2017 South Coast Rowing Championships Organising Committee.
Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association.
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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.