About Us

About Us

Founded in 1887, Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club has a long history of competing in the Coastal Amateur Rowing Association (CARA).

This involves competing at regattas around the South Coast from Herne Bay to Worthing, and training with a passion all year round. At the end of the season we race in the South Coast Championships.

The South Coast Championships (SCC) is an annual event which is held jointly by the three Southern Rowing Associations – CARA (Coastal Amateur Rowing Association), HDARA (Hampshire and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association and WEARA (the West of England Amateur Rowing Association). Each association takes turn to host the event each year, with CARA and HDARA holding the championship in coastal boats and WEARA holding it in fine boats (river boats) meaning every third year is held in river boats.

This event is probably the largest single day regatta in the country held each year with attendance from over 40 clubs and large numbers of crews, rowing in open events alongside the coveted championship races which can only be rowed in by those crew qualifying as the best two from each association in their preceding season.

We row on the Herne Bay seafront spring – autumn, training hard for the rowing season which takes place May – September.

Training takes place all year round most evenings and Sunday mornings. We have excellent coastal rowing facilities located in Herne Bay. When the weather is unfavourable we will land train instead, using a variety or rowing machines, weights, runs and circuits.

Our Club colours are Royal Blue with White Maltese Cross. For more information go to our rowing kit page.

If you are interested in joining our club or simply experiencing the thrill of coastal rowing please click here for more information.


We are not just passionate rowers. Our clubhouse contains an upstairs bar with a beautiful balcony overlooking the seafront.

The Bar is open every Sunday from 1 pm and every Friday from 8 pm. It’s not just open to club members, everyone can come down to our social events to enjoy the atmosphere.

All year round social events are held which is a great opportunity to meet other members and new people. Highlights include our Dinner & Dance, New Years, Halloween, End of Season Party and many more.

Membership Cost

Full Adult Rowing Membership: £140 per year

Student/ Under 18: £72 per year

Social Rower: £72 per year

Social Member: £20 per year

CARA & British Rowing

HBARC is fully affiliated with British Rowing, the UK governing body for the sport of rowing.

We are also a member of CARA – the Coast Amateur Rowing Association – governing rowing in the Kent and Sussex coastal areas.