On Saturday 18 September the majority of Herne Bay Rowing club members travelled to Southampton (Netley to be specific) to take part in the 64th South Coast Championships.

Herne Bay entered eight crews, competing against about 20 other coastal clubs along the south coast throughout the day.

The water was deceiving from the shoreline and proved to be quite challenging, particularly with the many large freighters going past on the Solent.

However that didn’t deter the Junior Senior crew! Bradley and Lewis Perry-French, Will White and Luke Taylor in Stroke took to the water like any other regatta race, coxed by Maisie Jeffries.

Their first race of the day was the bowl race, which is an important feature in the championships (men’s senior). This was a warm up race to them and they happened to come a super third place, with Itchen coming first and Deal a very close second. 

The boy’s second race however, was the Junior senior race, which they have been coming in first in all of their regattas this season. There was a lot of pressure on the four boys to do well and they didn’t disappoint.

They came a very easy first place beating other crews from Hants & Dorset and Shoreham by at least three lengths.

The evening presentation, as you can imagine, was a joyous occasion. The crew posed with GB women’s eight olympic rower, Caragh McMurtry but overall it was great to finish the season on a high and enjoy a weekend away with our rowing family.

Thank you to John for towing the boats to and from Southampton, thank you to Stuart (and Poppy) for being welcoming hosts, thank you to Kevin for organising the campsite, thank you to our supporters (family and friends) for just being there but above all, a massive thank you to Darren, our captain for being super organised and making sure our races went smoothly. The whole weekend went like a well-oiled machine.

Herne Bay results:


1st Men’s J/S

3rd Men’s Senior

3rd Ladies Junior

4th Ladies Senior

Open races

5th Men’s J/S

5th Master 50+

5th Men’s novice

5th J16 quad

The complete results from the day


It doesn’t happen very often, but today (Sunday 1 August) we christened a sculling boat, in honour of a long-standing and well-respected member of the club, Stuart Webb.

Stuart has been a rower with Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club since 1983, in which time he’s rowed at least 380 regattas and 38 championship races. He’s also a talented boat maker and the club still cherishes those brilliantly made wooden boats. But as well as helping around the club, he’s also helped form some award-winning crews into shape.

Mark Jeffries, club president said a few words about Webb “This is an incredible achievement and we’re all proud of Stuart. He continued to say “it’s also amazing that Stuart has been rowing for that amount of time!”

Thanks to funding we acquired from Canterbury City Council during lockdown, the club was able to put this money towards this pristine Burgashell sculling boat built to take one rower but also a couple of pairs of new sweep oar blades from Concept.

Darren White, club captain explained what it means to name a new boat: “A new boat is a significant investment by the club and a huge honour for the individual who’s name is painted on its bow. It’s a time to recognise the commitment and service that someone has devoted to our club.”

Stuart took a short row out on the water in the new boat just to give it a whirl who had no idea he was the chosen name for this boat “


Like all clubs after lockdown, Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club were very excited to get back to racing and reunite with members from other clubs who hadn’t been seen for at least 22 months.

Folkestone Rowing club was host of the day (11 July) and getting set up on the beach felt like we hadn’t been away at all. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the water was as flat as anything. This was going to be a great day for racing.

During reopening of the club Herne Bay managed to sign up twenty keen and enthusiastic new members for the new season. Six of these new members made their debut at Folkestone.

The club featured in the second race of the day, the Junior 16 quads. Two boats were entered with five of our newest and youngest members.

Both crews did incredibly well with the A crew coming in second place after Dover. The A crew consisted of some of our top J16 members: Will White, Maisie Jeffries, Tom Self and new member, Isaac Wright coxed by Luke Taylor. The B crew, which came in a good third place consisted of a full boat of new members: brothers Tom and George Blunt, Jaden Short and Dan Botes coxed by veteran, John Cox. Even though the B crew caught a crab during their race, they still managed to keep up with the others making Herne Bay proud to have them on board.

Liz Taylor and Poppy Webb were up next in their favourite race, the senior pairs. With a bit of a rough start they managed to get a worthy second place after chasing Deal crew all of the way to the finish line.

The water was changing at this point of the day and started to turn interesting, which meant that the Masters 40+ race was going to be challenging. John Cox, Darren White, Kevin Hall and Mark Jeffries had a brilliant start, pushing away from the other crews nearly ten years younger than them, however they lost their lead and came fourth with Folkestone coming first.

One of the main events of coastal rowing regattas is the senior men’s race, which consists of boats full of pure power and determination. Herne Bay’s Junior/Senior crew (Bradley and Lewis Perry-French, Will White and Luke Taylor) took to the water to give this race a go, ending up coming second place. Out of the five crews entered, the bay boys looked comfortable and enjoyed the 2km course.

The club’s next race was the ladies junior fours. This crew featured another new member to the club, Leigh Okadiegbo who joined Maisie Jeffries, Georgia Shelton and Scarlett Bates. Coxed by John Cox, he charged the girls into a really strong first off the start, looking great together on the water. With two novices in the boat meant that they were racing up a level and coming second did the club proud once again.

Leigh said after her race that “The first 1000 metres were tough but then coming round the turn it just felt great!” 

All of the girls were beaming when they came back on terra firma.

The club gained another second place when Bradley and Lewis Perry-French took part in the men’s senior pairs race. 

The race of the day had to be the men’s junior/senior fours with Bradley and Lewis having to jump into a boat not long after their pairs race, Will White and Luke Taylor. What an incredibly strong crew, even from the start; they kept calm and collected throughout, to come first with about 200 metres between them and the second crew. The boys were also clocked as rowing the fastest that day.

The ladies double sculls were next. Herne Bay entered two boats with Georgia and Maisie and another with our faithful Poppy and Liz.

Georgia and Maisie seemed to have better water being closer to the coastline but the other two seemed to struggle being on the opposite end of the line-up of boats, but they came back, looking good in fourth and the other boat coming in a respectable eighth.

With only two entries in the men’s junior sculls, Bradley took the lead from the start and finished well before his opponent from Deal.

Luke Taylor, having qualified in his heat race at the beginning of the day, took his place for the final and came third in the men’s novice sculls.

The final race of the day was the ladies senior fours. They lined up and shot off from the start like a coiled spring, with Deal always keeping the lead, Herne Bay kept up a fight with Shoreham and Worthing but always staying ahead of them to come in second place. 

The day was enjoyable for the whole club and great for the new members to experience teamwork and comradery and competition throughout the day. Thanks to Folkestone Rowing Club for hosting.

Next Saturday Herne Bay is at Southsea to race against coastal clubs in between Cornwall and Kent.



If you have any questions please call the club’s captain, Darren White 07840738894 or email captain@hbarc.org.uk

Next regattas (subject to weather)

17 July: Southsea (no press release)

24 July: Herne Bay 

25 July: Bexhill (no press release)

31 July: Deal

1 August: new boat christening

7 August: Eastbourne

8 August: Shoreham

18 September: South Coast Championships (Southampton)

Rowing’s Coming Home Again

We’re gradually getting back to normal again since lockdown in March 2020; the club is getting back on the water, we’re welcoming new and enthusiastic rowers to join us and we’ve got a brand new regatta calendar.

So the club members (and some new members) are getting ready for the racing season to start, with our first appearance at Folkestone Rowing Club on Sunday 11 July.

Here is the extensive list of the next few regattas we’ll be at (weather permitting). Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates on regattas.

But the regatta we’re most looking forward to is our own event on the 24 July! Hopefully we can have people cheer on the blues (with the maltese cross) when we’re on the water – we always hear the cheering from the sides and it really spurs us on!


Sunday 11       Folkestone, 10am start

Saturday 17    Southsea

Saturday 24    Herne Bay, 10am start

Sunday 25       Bexhill

Saturday 31    Deal


Saturday 7      Eastbourne

Sunday 8         Shoreham


Saturday 18    South Coast Championships, Southampton

William White awarded Oxford rowing scholarship

Fifteen year old William White, an aspiring young junior from Herne Bay Rowing Club, has been awarded a prestigious scholarship with St Edward’s School, Oxford, which will help him with both his academic and sporting aspirations. 

He will board for three years in which time he will be coached, trained on an intense regime and with a view to compete at a high level, predominantly at National Schools and Henley Royal Regatta. William starts on 1 September. 

For two months during Lockdown White was watched and evaluated via Zoom by the school’s Senior coach, Jonny Singfield and Master in Charge of Rowing, Adam Moffat whose initial thoughts of William were “powerful with reasonable technique who would be a great addition to the school and boatclub. His physiology is impressive and scores on the rowing machine are right at the top end for his age group.”

Initially pointed out to the school by Herne Bay Rowing Club member and ex international rower, Daniel Ritchie, it was clear that William was a determined and focused boy who was prepared to work hard.

Herne Bay High School, where William attended until this year, has remained extremely supportive throughout the process giving extensive references, together with words of encouragement and excitement. 

Mrs. Jackie Wilson, Head of Omega College at the local school was ”thrilled that Will has achieved this scholarship and we send him our best wishes for this next exciting chapter in his life. He will be missed by many staff and students but we look forward to following his career. 

She continued to say “William is a natural sportsman and has displayed a real love for sport through the camaraderie he injects into his many sporting experiences. He also has the drive and desire to be the best he can, no matter what the obstacles are’’.

William’s father is also the Captain of Herne Bay Rowing Club, who said a few words: “This is an extremely rare opportunity and recognition of talent in a young athlete, a break that is often missing with so many talented individuals but also a testament to our great club. Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club is not just one of the oldest sporting clubs in the local area but also one of the most grounded and stable environments to nurture young people. It takes children in and teaches them the skill of coastal rowing but more importantly, team spirit, comradery and respect for others.”

This opportunity for William is something the club as a whole has achieved as we have given him the foundation, the pathway and the self-motivation to succeed.

William would like to thank all members of the club for their support, especially those volunteers that make rowing possible including the committee and senior members that run the club on a day to day basis. He would like to single out Keith Grove who has been a great coach and given him guidance through the past three years since he started at the club.

Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club wishes William every inch of luck and we look forward to watching him grow into an aspiring athlete.

HBARC Annual General Meeting

On Friday 31st January 2020 at 8.30pm the Annual General Meeting will be held at the
Clubhouse, Spa Esplanade, Herne Bay, Kent.

Subscriptions were due on 1st March 2019. In order to vote at the AGM any outstanding subs for the current year should be paid to the Club Treasurer forthwith.

Membership rates are: Rowing £144.00, Student Rowing £72.00 (Social Rowing membership 50% of these rates), Social membership £20.00 (or £10 if joined after 1st September), Coxswains £5.00, OAP £8.00.

Herne Bay Regatta Cancelled

Unfortunately Herne Bay Rowing Club’s regatta is cancelled tomorrow, however we will be hosting another on Saturday 20 July.

To find out more about the club please follow our Facebook page and if you’d like to cheer us on at any of our other regattas, please look at our regatta list.

Taster session

Come and have a go at rowing this year at our drop-in taster session.

Sunday 17 March, 10am to 12pm If the weather is kind, you will have the chance to get out in one of our boats with experienced rowers.

– Try our 500m ergo challenge to win a prize.

– Walk around our clubhouse

– Find out about the races at regatta season

– Find out about our up and coming social events

– Bar open

Also, sign up to our 6 week LEARN 2 ROW programme, which starts Wednesday 27 March. Ten people maximum.

Please wear gym kit and shoes/socks you don’t mind getting wet plus a change of clothes and towel to dry your feet.

We accept boys and girls from the age of 13 years and upwards. You don’t have to have any experience. Please bring along friends, family, colleagues who you think would love to have a go.

For more information please email contact@hbarc.org.uk or keep up to date on our Facebook page.

Want to try a new sport?

Want a new challenge for 2019? Want to be a part of an enthusiastic, competitive, award-winning and friendly team? 

We’re always looking for members to join Herne Bay Amateur rowing club.
We’re open Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.

Come down to the club to get your free taster sessions or contact us via Facebook or contact@hbarc.org.uk to find out more.

British Rowing Indoor Championships

Last Saturday five members of Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club took part in the annual British Rowing Indoor Championships 2018 at the famous
London Olympic Velodrome.

These five were thirteen year olds Bradley and Lewis Perry-French, fifteen year olds Heidi White and Poppy Webb and master rower, Liz Taylor.
All competing against world athletes and rowers their own age from schools and clubs from around the country.

This is what they have all been training hard for for the past few months and was their first time to compete in such a renowned and important
competition like this.

Liz, who has rowed since she was 14 years old was up first, rowing 2000 meters in the Masters 50 to 54 women’s category. There was extremely
hard competition in this category and Liz, who manages to keep up with the other youngsters in the Bay club, got a well earned 5th place. She said “That was bloody hard, I knew it would be, but I’m glad I did it!”

Poppy and Heidi were up next, to row against 59 other rowers for six minutes where Heidi came 13th and Poppy came 18th overall. Both came back
exhausted, but still buzzing from the adrenaline and excitement of being a part of this major rowing event.

Later on in the day the girls entered the 500 meter race, this time against 33 girls from year 11. Heidi was “really pleased” with her 5th
place and Poppy did well to get to 13th place.

Twins, Bradley and Lewis were ones to watch in their competition, as they always work so hard in their training sessions. Both boys started
off strong and fast in the beginning of their five minute race, but started to tire, but should still be very proud at getting joint 20th and Bradley at joint 24th out of a whopping 83 competitors!

Their 500 meter race in the afternoon had a bit of a different result, where Lewis came 16th in 1 minute 36 seconds and Bradley coming in at
18th place only 1.2 seconds later.

With 86 events taking place throughout the whole day from 9am until 6.30pm with extreme professionalism and speed, the whole day was a joy
to watch and be a part of.

All who came to the event had a chance to watch a few Olympic rowers compete against each other. In the women’s 2000 meter race Alice Baatz,
25 year old GB Rowing Team member, achieved an incredible 06.44 result, beating the other ladies.

I managed to catch the friendly and bubbly Alice for a five minute chat, to ask her what her secret was with diet before a race and her top
tips were eat small and often. “I don’t eat two hours before a race, but if I have to I eat a few sweets to keep the sugar levels up, and caffeine bars are my friend on race day.”

The men’s Olympic team were up, featuring Mo Sbihi, who beat Adam Neill by just one second and getting sub 6 minutes on his 2k test with 05.41!
Something all young rowers will aspire to beat now I’m sure!

Coming to this event and experiencing something as big and well-known as this was very exciting and inspiring for the teenagers and also for
the responsible adults that joined them. All five of the competitors should be extremely proud of themselves for taking part in this star-studded event.

Everyone is looking forward to entering themselves into next year’s competition already. Now the hard work starts, especially as we know what
to aspire to.

If there is anyone who wants to aspire to be a great rower, we are training over the winter ready for next year and always looking for new members to join
this competitive club. Contact us for more information.

The results:

Liz – 2000 meters: 5th place (out of 15) 07.48 (PB)

Heidi – Six minutes: 13th (out of 59) 1573 meters – 500 meters: 5th (out of 33) 01.41

Poppy – six minutes: 18th (out of 59) 1548 metres – 500 meters: 13th (out of 33) 01.45

Bradley Perry-French – Five minutes: Joint 24th (out of 83) 1396 meters – 500 meters: 18th (out of 40) 01.38

Lewis Perry-French – Five minutes: Joint 20th (out of 83) 1401 metres – 500 meters: 16th (out of 40) 01.36