Open Day 23rd September

Come to the club on Sunday 23 September between 10am and midday to try your hand at coastal rowing.

Weather depending, we will offer you a seat in one of our boats and get you out on the sea, but will show you the ropes beforehand on land.

Bring: Tshirt, shorts/leggings and old shoes plus a bottle of water.

The club will be training over the winter for the 2019 regatta season.

Didn’t The Boys Do Well

Saturday saw hundreds of rowers taking part in the 62nd South Coast Championships, this year hosted by Deal Rowing Club.

35 of Herne Bay Amateur Club’s fittest rowers entered into 13 out of the 24 races; five of those included races of the highest calibre with men and women competing against top crews from each of the three coastal rowing associations.

Having trained extremely hard throughout the summer to be a part of the Champs, our rowers of all ages spanning from 12 years to our oldest of 75 took part in the final regatta of the year and they should all be very proud of their achievements no matter where they came in their races.

As well as a second and plenty of third and fourth placements, we had one crew come first throughout the day. These boys need no introduction, but they have trained long and hard together, being coached by long-standing rowers and members of the club, Keith Groves and Mark Jeffries. These 12 to 14 year old boys are J14 CARA champions of 2018 for the second year running but also the only crew to have achieved first place from the club in this year’s South Coast Championships.

Well done to William White, Bradley Perry-French, Lewis Perry-French and Jacob Webb, with Jasmine Amos steering them into first position.

The J14 girls including Lucy Horton, Ella Rose, Maisie Jeffries and Tamzin Vickers coxed by John Cox were the only girls crew entered into the J14 girls race, and were therefore put together to race with the older, stronger J14 boys. The girls were awarded the J14 girls category winning medals and a trophy. These girls haven’t trained for long as a crew but hopefully next year we will see them adding more trophies under their belts.

The five championship races included the Men’s Junior/Senior crew with Luke Taylor, Harry Taylor, Tom Harris and Manuel Marques who were entered in as a late entry. The same crew were a favourite to do well in the Men’s Junior race. They could only come away with a third place in both races, but first out of CARA crews in the Junior race. Of the Masters 40 race John Cox, Darren White, Stuart webb and Liz Taylor with coxwain, Maisie Jeffries put up a good fight but were beaten by Lymington, Deal and BTC clubs.

The other two races that the club were betting on was the Ladies Junior four consisting of fifteen year olds Poppy Webb, Heidi White, Vice Captain Emily Noyes and Steph Rondel in Bow, coxed by the young Maisie Jeffries. This was the ladies final race of the season as juniors and will feature in the senior ladies races next year due to their winning streaks throughout the summer.

Unfortunately the ladies couldn’t quite beat the Hants and Dorset crew, Christchurch or Hometown crew, Deal who came in first. The water was unforgiving and they hit some tough water and at one point a large wave turned the rudder to nearly hit Coal Porters boat side on!

The Men’s Senior four race was the important race of the day, with the Bowl trophy as the prize to aim for. Jeffries again was the trusty coxwain to steer the four strong men, but beaten into second place by rivals Itchen Imperial. The crew consisted of Will Campbell in Stroke position, Dan Ritchie and Tom Walton with Ryan Hosking in the bow.

Ex-member of Herne Bay Rowing Club and father to James Foad, who rowed in the winning Itchen boat in the Men’s Senior race said: “Though it was great to see my home town club performing so well through the season, my heart was with my club, Itchen, but congratulations on such a good year and an amazing race for the Bowl!”

Also talking from his heart, captain, Darren White said a few words about the club’s performance throughout the year: “I could never have imagined the depth of satisfaction and overwhelming pride the past few months have given me.

He continued “To see the true dedication and commitment to training, to witness the shear resilience in racing and to achieve the results have made this a very special, if not historic year for Herne Bay.”

So even though the club didn’t achieve the goals they wanted at the Championships, they have achieved awards and prizes far greater than expectations from the season’s races and regattas.

Lord Mayor Celebrates New Ergos

Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club is celebrating after being awarded £10,000 of National Lottery Funding to purchase ten brand new rowing machines.

The grant, awarded through Sport England, will show that the club means to invest in the current but also new members and the community. These rowing machines will mean that people from the age of 13 upwards and of all abilities will get the best training and help with their health and wellbeing.

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner attended the club’s celebratory morning with wife and Lady Mayoress, Julie Spooner to cut the ribbon to announce the new rowing machines and even had a go one of the machines himself.

Cllr Spooner was very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the club and he wished the members all the success at the championships this Saturday at Deal.

Dan Ritchie, gold medallist and World Champion rower commented saying “Sport England’s donation is key in aiding the development of rowing in Herne Bay. It’s great to see new equipment so accessible for every member of the club and designed to drive membership, which in turn will help keep the club one of the premier coastal rowing clubs in the county.”

Dan, who has rowed for the Bay club for over ten years is a great advocate for the town and the club, which has always been close to his heart.

Ritchie and the club will be rowing and competing against other coastal amateur rowing clubs spanning from Herne Bay, Dover and Folkestone to the south west coast at the South Coast Championships on Saturday 8 September, hosted by Deal rowing club.

To find out about joining this welcoming local club visit

John Rodwell

Some sad news was received this week regarding an old club member John Rodwell  who passed away on Thursday.

John the was the eldest son of Mick Rodwell and brother to Chris and Sarah.

John was a senior pairs champion with his partner Malcom Clarke in the early sixties.

Our thoughts go out to all his family and friends

What A Weekend!

With nine wins, eight second places, three thirds and many more, we can’t think of a better way to kick start the rowing regatta season.

The weekend saw Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club travelling to Bexhill and Hastings to race on both days in the sweltering sunshine and choppy waters. But rough seas are what the club are used to, so they were in their element!

The Masters 40+ crew, consisting of new captain, Darren White, Liz Taylor, Stuart Webb and John Cox went in to win straight away. Coxed by Maisie Jeffries on both days who pushed and shouted the well experienced crew into first place.

The Master 50+ also did incredibly well both days. On the Saturday they were slightly beaten by the Hastings crew, who are celebrating their club’s 150th anniversary this year. However, the Bay crew made up for it by coming first on the Sunday. Well done to Maisie Jeffries who helped them get to that finish line.

Well done to Junior 14 boys crew: Jacob Webb, Will White, Bradley Perry-French and brother Lewis Perry-French with Adam Taylor as cox, who beat the other crews by miles coming first in their race.

The men’s Junior four crew had an awesome start in both races, getting them that lead on the other crews in the race and landing them into first place on both days. Their crew consisted of bow man Manuel Marques, Will White, Tom Harris, Luke Taylor taking stroke position on the Saturday and James Dawkins joining the crew on the Sunday. This also means that young Will, at only 14 years old has moved up from Novice to Junior status.

The crew to watch was men’s senior four race, made up of Ryan Hosking in Bow, Tom Walton, Dan Ritchie and Will Campbell leading and keeping the pace in stroke and again coxed by twelve year old Maisie Jeffries. The powerhouse crew sped through the water beating the other crews by many lengths on the Sunday at Bexhill.

Luke Taylor and Manuel Marques were definitely on form this weekend as they jumped into their pair boat, beating all other crews to the finish line. These two have been competing together and training all winter, so they deserved to get to first position.

The race that amazed us all on the Saturday was the ladies junior pair. Georgia Shelton and Jasmine Amos have only been training a short while as a pair and absolutely smashed it in their race by coming second. They may not have come first, but they should be so proud.

Another second place was achieved on the Sunday by the Ladies Junior four crew: Jasmine Amos in stroke position, Heidi White, Georgia Shelton and Stephanie Rondel in bow. It was lovely to see everyone working together so well.

The newly appointed captain for 2018, Darren White said a few words about the weekends racing “I was so so proud to be captain this weekend! So many achievements, so much determination, commitment and shear guts! All the hard work and winter training gave us plenty of reward, well done to each and every one of you.”

Hastings and Bexhill was a huge success and with all of these wins, meant the club achieved second place in the grand aggregate and won the junior aggregate trophy for the weekend.

Maisie Jeffries has to be the coxwain of the weekend, as she was the one directing, steering, shouting and screaming the winning crews into their subsequent places! Well done to Maisie.

New Committee For 2018

The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Boathouse on Friday the 19th January.

The main business was to elect a new committe for the year ahead and the following officers of the club have been elected to serve this year:

  • President – Elizabeth Taylor
  • Chairman – Trevor Brown
  • Vice Chairman – Stuart Webb
  • Hon. Secretary – Mark Davies
  • Hon. Treasurer – Harry Roberts
  • Regatta secretary – Elizabeth Taylor
  • Hon. Auditors – Ogilvy & Co (Accountants) Ltd
  • Captain – Darren White
  • Vice-Captain – Emily Noyes
  • Safety Officer – Jeff Hutton
  • Club Welfare – John Cox
  • Six committee posts
    • Four rowing members – Mark Jeffries, Kaye Sullivan, James Dawkins, George Holness
    • Two social members – Ryan Epps, Jon Holness

History of The Viking Shield Regatta

The Viking Shield Regatta takes place each year before the start of the CARA summer Regatta Season.

The Viking Shield is a trophy awarded to the fastest coastal pair in an annual competition between the Kent Rowing clubs. The winning club also have the honour of hosting the Regatta the following year.

The event has a special significance for Herne Bay Rowing Club as Ryan Hosking and Darren Ingram won the shield 10 times in a row which is undoubtably a record and in recognition of this fact Herne Bay named a pair boat after them in 2010.

2006 Viking Shield Winners

Their run came to an end in 2010 when Ashley Epps and Andy Cooper beat Ryan and Darren but the following year at the 2011 event Folkestone were the fastest Kent crew so the Regatta was due to be held there in 2012
However due to bad weather the Regatta was cancelled and the trophy awarded to the fastest Kent pair at Folkestone Regatta – Deal – who will host the 2013 Viking Shield Regatta.

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