- Written by Ryan Epps
The Coastal Rowing season is well underway and unusually only one cancellation, - The Viking Shield.
“Stars” of the show so far for Herne Bay are the Men’s J/S 4 of George Holness, John Cox, Luke Towner and Will Campbell who (with occasional support/backup from David Wareham and Mark Davies) by winning all but one of their races to date, have already claimed the C.A.R.A. Champions spot.
Also we have five novice scull wins this year, with John Cox, Lucas Potterton and Will Campbell each progressing to junior status.
Herne Bay Regatta
Saturday 12 July starting at 10.15am
This is our big “showcase” event of the year, as usual can we ask for support in the event of homemade sandwiches/rolls etc which we can sell on the refreshments stall during the day.
Captain Liz would like to see as many rowers at the club-house early to help with the preparations.
Fund Raising - 100 Club
As most of you will know, we are always looking for new ways to raise funds for the club. It is no secret that due to good financial management going back many years that the club is financially stable. However, if you look closely you will notice the clubhouse needs some serious attention. The brick-work needs repairing/repointing, much of the woodwork on the fire escape/balcony needs replacing as do the fascias and gutters. We are continually discussing ways to improve the boathouse floor, the clubhouse needs redecorating and at our committee meeting last night Liz and John mentioned that one or two new sculling boats will be needed soon. While some of this can be met from our reserves, we need to look at ways to increase our income, to ensure the financial stability I mentioned is not lost!
Hence the suggestion of a 100 Club
At this stage we are trying to gauge what support we might expect and if it might be feasible.
How would it work
Ryan has circulated a copy of the potential rules with a couple of points which are to be decided. As you will see, if we were to get a full 100 members, the club would benefit for over £2,000 per year or about half that with 50 members. To make this work, we would need the support of members, friends and family. So please give it some thought and let Ryan (or other committee members) have some feedback so we can gauge potential support.
Due to ever increasing costs, we will have to amend a few of our bar prices, mostly on spirits, so if you do a bar duty, could you please check the price list.
I’m sure you all know that we are hosting the Championships in 2016.
A huge amount of help will be required on the day, but before then, the club committee have decided to set up a small ‘steering committee’ to organise the event.
We are looking for volunteers who would like to be part of this ‘steering committee’ If you feel you would like/be able to help, please let Ryan (or other committee member) know.
- Written by webmaster
The AGM was held at the Boathouse on the 17th January.
The following officers of the club were elected to serve this year:
- President - Ian Ingram
- Chairman - Trevor Brown
- Vice Chairman - Jeff Hutton
- Hon. Secretary - Mark Davies
- Hon. Treasurer - Harry Roberts
- Regatta secretary - Ryan Epps
- Hon. Auditors - Nigel Ogilvy
- Captain - Liz Taylor
- Vice-Captain - John Cox
- Safety officer - Paul Monroe
- Child welfare officer - Samantha Epps
- Six committee posts
- Four rowing members - Luke Towner, Adam Taylor, George Holness
- Two social members - Amanda Waters, Jon Holness
The additional committee post for a rowing member remains vacant as it was not clear that the nominee had arranged to pay their subs.
The Committee will co-opt an additional member at the first committee meeting in February once the subs situation is clarified.
- Written by webmaster
To all members - the Club's AGM will be held at the Boathouse on Friday 25th January starting at 8.30pm
The committee for 2014 will be elected at the meeting - but remember, to stand for election or vote you must have paid your Subs !
- President’s opening remarks
- Apologies for absence.
- Adoption of the 2012 minutes as circulated.
- Matters arising.
- Chairman’s report.
- Treasurer’s report.
- Questions for the Treasurer.
- Adoption of Treasurers report.
- Election of officers:
- Vice Chairman,
- Hon. Secretary,
- Hon. Treasurer,
- Regatta secretary,
- Hon. Auditors,
- Safety officer,
- Child welfare officer,
- 6 Committee posts (4 Rowing members and 2 Social members).
- HBARC Subscription Restructuring Proposition
- Written by Liz Taylor
Herne Bay Rowing Club travelled to Deal for the 57th South Coast Rowing Championship Regatta on Saturday. The day began with the Quad sculling races for the younger rowers. First on the water were Herne Bay's J16 men's Quad. The crew of Will Cox, Luke Taylor, Lucas Potterton , David Wareham and Joe Wareham(cox) lead from start to finish to maintain their unbeaten record this season confirming these young men as the Coast Amateur Rowing Association Champions and also The South Coast Champions. Next to row were the Girls J14 quad of Meadbhb Cook, Zoe Tyler, Scarlett Bates, Kelsey Holness and James Dawkins(cox). They followed the boys example and lead from start to finish to give them their first win of the year. As the wind started to get stronger the Junior Men's Championship race got underway. Herne Bay's Junior crew of George Holness, Will Campbell, Joe Wareham, Adam Taylor and David Wareham(cox) had qualified in second place to represent CARA. As the crew rowed under Deal pier the Herne Bay boys were in third place. They then pulled together to row past the next crew to finish in a very well deserved second place. This was two places ahead of rivals and CARA Champions from Bexhill. By now the sea was getting very rough as the Vets 40+ crews launched for their Open race. Herne Bay's crew of Liz Taylor, John Cox, Stuart Webb, Mark Davies and James Dawkins(cox) were neck and neck with Bexhill as they shot through the pier. The Bay's crew then rowed ahead to win by clear water. The main event of the day, the Bideford Bowl race was won by a great row from Itchen, Southampton. As crews were now starting to sink in the choppy waters the championship regatta was unfortunately brought to an abrupt end. This brings to an end the 2013 season of coastal rowing. Anyone interested at joining HBARC are very welcome to come along to any Sunday morning training sessions, at 10am at the rowing club on Spa Esplanade
- Written by Liz Taylor
Shoreham regatta came to and abrupt early end after just 7 races on Saturday as the forecast strong South-Westerly wind blew up to make the sea un-rowable after seven races. However we saw 3 wins and a third place form these races! The boys J16 quad Will, Luke, Lucas, and David had a very strong row to win easily, making it 8 out of 8 wins. Adam and Joe, already Cara Junior Pair Champions, Won once again convincingly to maintain their undefeated record for the season. John then flew off the start in the Junior sculls in the rough conditions. Lying in second place he unfortunately came round the turns and didn't notice the safety boat rescuing another upturned sculler on the course. Much to the disbelief of the spectators John then rowed in to the safety boat! he still managed to finish in third place with the bow of his sculler now full of water! The highlight of the day was the novice fours race. The young quad crew took to the very rough water with the help of every other person on the beach helping to launch their boat. With John's coxing experience, they flew of the start line and led the race from start to finish with at least 8 boat lengths of clear water over the second place crew. Well done lads.
With the cancellation of Hastings/Cara regatta on Sunday we are looking forward to the Champs In Deal on 14th Sept. The Junior Four, Joe, Will, Adam and George have qualified for the Junior Championship race and we have several crews entered in the open and Junior events.
- Written by Liz Taylor
With everyone prepared for a day on Deal beach for rain and thunderstorms, it turned out to be a lovely day with a good days racing. Main results as follows:
1st - J16 Boys Quad (dead heat) - Will, Luke, Lucas and David.
1st - Junior Pair - Joe and Adam
2nd - Vets 50+ Harry, Tony, Paul and Trevor
2nd - Novice sculls - Will Campbell
3rd - Vets 40+ - Liz, Mick, Stuart and Mark.
3rd - Junior Pair - George and Will.
3rd - Novice 4 - Will, Luke, David and Lucas.
3rd - Senior Sculls - Luke.
3rd - J14 Quad - Scarlett, Zoe, Kelsy and Luke.
3rd - Junior/Senior - John, Mark, Luke and Trevor.
- Written by Liz Taylor
Two very hot days at Worthing over the weekend. (And a very long night for the boat house campers!) Lovely flat sea meant some excellent racing over both days. Congratulations to Adam and Joe by winning both days to confirm their dominance in the Junior Pair thus claiming the CARA Championships. And the J16 boys also winning both days to give them the J16 Boys CARA championships.
Summary of results below.
WORTHING............................................................................ WORTHING TOWN
1st - J16 quad - Will, Luke, Lucas, David (Joe cox) ....................1st - J16 quad - Will, Luke, Lucas, David (Joe cox)
1st - Junior Pair - Joe and Adam............................................... 1st - Junior Pair - Joe and Adam
2nd - Junior 4 - Joe, Will, George, Adam ( David cox) ................2nd - Junior 4 - Joe, Will, George, Adam (David cox)
2nd - Senior Sculls - Luke......................................................... 2nd - Senior Sculls - Luke
3rd - J14 Quad - Scarlett, Zoe, Kelsey, Luke............................... 2nd - J14 Quad - Scarlett, Zoe, Kelsey, Luke
3rd - Novice sculls - Will ...........................................................3rd - Novice Sculls - Will
3rd - Junior/Senior 4 - Harry, James, John, Luke........................ 3rd - Junior/Senior 4 - Harry, James, John, Luke
3rd - Novice 4 - Will, Luke, David, Lucas
4th - Novice Sculls - Lucas
And well done Lucas for coxing Eastbourne Junior/senior Four to victory on Sunday.
- Written by Liz Taylor
It was Herne Bay Rowing Clubs turn to host the fourth Coastal rowing regatta of the year on Saturday.
The Quad sculls started the racing with a fourth win a row for the boys J16, Will Cox, Luke Taylor, Lucas Potterton and David Wareham and a third place for the younger J14 quad, Scarlett Bates, Zoe Tyler, Kelsey Holness and Luke Taylor.
The vets 50+ crew, Harry Roberts, Tony Mills, Paul Iddenden and Trevor Brown, in their first race of the year finished in third place. Luke Towner then sculled impressively to a second place in the men's senior sculls.
Eight young rowers from Kings School, Canterbury, have joined Herne Bay to compete in some sea racing. This meant three Herne Bay men's novice crews qualified through the heats to the final. And with their first time rowing on a choppy sea went on to finish in first, second and fifth places.
The men's Junior pairs then took to the water. The crew of Adam Taylor and Joe Wareham won convincingly to maintain their unbeaten record and after a collision, the pair of George Holness and Will Campbell came home in fourth place.
The Bay's men's senior crew of Ryan Hoskins, Ali McKean, Stuart Brown and Darren Ingram had to race all the way to the line to take a great second place behind the dominant Bexhill seniors. Ali McKean then stayed in the boat and was joined by Harry Roberts, Luke Towner and Mark Davies to get a third place in the men's Junior/Senior fours.
James Dawkins won the 'Coxswain of the Day' in the same race as he skilfully coxed a crew from Eastbourne to victory. John Cox sculled to third place in the men's Junior sculls and Sophie Thayre and Ashleigh Turner were also third in the Ladies Junior Pairs.
The vets 40+ four, John Cox, Mick Thayre, Stuart Webb and Mark Davies rowed solidly, to a great second place and Will Campbell a second place in the Novice sculls.
The race of the day was the Men's Junior four. The two Herne Bay/King's school crews joined the Herne Bay crew of Adam Taylor, George Holness, Will Campbell and Joe Wareham in an incredibly close and hard fought race. Powering right to the line the final result was a first, second and fourth place for the boys.
A really great result for the Bay which helped the home club win the Junior Aggregate.
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