Dover Rowing Club had an excellent home Regatta seeing wins for the Men’s Fours crews and a high overall points performance.

Dover Rowing Club had an excellent home regatta at the weekend which saw the club highly placed in the overall points competition following a strong turnout from the Dover Rowing community. The Men’s Fours crews led the results, taking two wins, whilst several second and third place finishes came in other events.

The Men’s Junior Fours crew of Angus Fraser, Ed Thomas, Chris Hall, Tom Stothart coxed by Cameron Mackintosh, featuring two Novices got a great start and were amongst the leading crews at the buoy turn with Bexhill leading. The return leg rapidly became a head to head battle as Dover ran down Bexhill with a tight finish seeing Dover triumph by under a boat length. The Men’s Novice Fours featured brothers Toby and Jacob Scrivener who were joined by Fraser and Thomas, and coxed by Paul Scrivener. Dover’s B crew in this event contained Mackintosh, Nathan Peach, Ollie Scrivener, Michael Riplaut coxed by Jade Jordon. Dover B got the better start and were ahead of Dover A over the first part of the race. Dover A steadily applied their training and eased past their team mates and through the field to turn in the lead. Despite Shoreham’s best effort the Dover crew extended to a two length lead which they maintained to the finish line. Dover B acquitted themselves well given their level of experience coming home 7th.

The Stothart family’s success continued in the Ladies events as Rebecca Stothart joined Chloe Bicker, Morgan Evans, Jordon coxed by Jo Johnston to compete in the Ladies J16 Quad Sculls. In the straight sprint event the Dover crew got off to a good start running neck and neck with Herne Bay until their opponents showed their power and pulled away. Dover’s crew comfortably led the 3rd place crew to the line to secure 2nd. Young Lucy Horton raced with Herne Bay in the J14 Quad Sculls race coming home in 3rd place. The Novice Ladies Fours had R Stothart, Ella Day, Evans, Jordon cox by Johnston with Dover B comprising of Catrina Moore, Hilary Horton, Antonia Reed, Amy Lewington coxed by P Scrivener and Dover C with Sue Faraone, Sophie Wolfenden Kate Day, Kate Smith, coxed by Tony Burrows. Dover A got the better of the starts and moved into competition for the lead whilst the largely inexperienced crews struggled to make headway. Dover A turned third but were moving well, overtaking Deal before closing on the leading Folkestone boat. Disaster struck as Evans caught a crab stopping the boat, great composure was shown by the young crew as they recovered quickly to finish 2nd. Dover C and B crews pushed on in the latter part of the race to finish in the points in 5th and 6th respectively.

The Men’s Junior Pairs saw the fours crew compete against each other with Hall and Stothart as Dover A and Fraser and Thomas as the B crew. Dover A got off to the cleaner start as the B crew had an early clash of blades with Folkestone. By the turn the B crew had moved into second behind Herne Bay who they chased to the three quarter point where an adjustment in their line saw the chance of victory expire, leaving them to secure 2nd place. The A crew were caught in a battle with Bexhill that saw them fall to 4th.

The individual sculling events saw heats for the Men’s Novice sculls that saw Stothart and Burrows qualify for the final with Thomas just missing out. Young Peach had a creditable first sculls race remaining in contention up to the buoys giving him a good platform to build on for the future. Both Peach and P Scrivener missed out on the final. A tired Stothart lined up with Burrows in the final hoping to repeat his win from last week. On the less favoured inside lanes Stothart set off in a tight race with his neighbouring Herne Bay sculler whilst Burrows was pushing hard from the outside lane. Stothart turned second but was unable to catch the lead boat seeing him finish second with Burrows just missing out on points in 7th.

The Men’s Junior Sculls featured Hall and Chris Price in a straight final. Hall got off the start in first and entered a duel with his University Rowing Captain who competes for Bexhill. Price found himself in the mix for the points finishes. At the turn the Bexhill sculler led Hall who chased hard on the return leg but found himself fending off a fast closing Deal Sculler as Hall came home 2nd whilst Price narrowly missed out on points coming home 7th.

The Ladies open sculls saw Johnston in a small field. By the buoys Johnston turned third, still hoping to compete for the top spot, before the lead sculler extended her lead. Johnston eventually came home in third.

There were three crews in the Ladies Double Sculls Dover A – Johnston and Jordon, Dover B – Maria West-Burrows and Day, Dover C – Smith and Stothart. Dover’s A crew had a strong start and were initially running with Shoreham whilst the other crews were fighting for points finishes. As Shoreham made a decisive break for what would be an easy win the Dover crews fell into a fight with each other with the A crew finishing 4th, B in 5th and C taking the last point in 6th.

In the Ladies Junior Fours race the Dover crew of Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, West-Burrows, Smith coxed by Johnston got a great start which saw them in the top 4 boats in a large field. With two crews pulling away Dover battled the Worthing inside crew. Turning together Dover gradually pulled away to narrowly take 3rd place.

The Ladies Junior Pairs saw Jordan and Purvis compete in their first race pairs race. They had a good start and maintained a good line on the outward leg turning with a group of other crews. Maintaining form they approached the finishing line and were surprised to find they had 3rd place.

The Ladies Senior Pair of Johnston and West-Burrows found themselves pursuing two strong Shoreham crews. By the turns it was clear that Dover’s crew could not catch the leaders coming home in 3rd.

Masters 50+ fours saw P Scrivener, Shoreham’s Jim Dixon, Nick Bailey, Burrows coxed by Purvis put in a good performance taking 3rd. Masters 40+ fours had Riplaut, P Scrivener, Bailey, Burrows coxed by Jordon acquitting themselves well coming home in 4th. Men’s Junior – Senior Fours crew of P Scrivener, Riplaut, Neil Scrivener, Burrows coxed by Jordon secured an opportunistic 2 points.

Dover Rowing Club would like to thank the following sponsors and supporters:

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Stothart and Jordon take wins at Brighton and Hove Regatta

Dover Rowing Club’s secretary Jacky Silk had a busy time before Brighton and Hove Regatta requesting late entries due to Dover’s returning university contingent. Silk’s work paid dividends in the Men’s Novice Sculls as Tom Stothart was able to race alongside Club Captain Tony Burrows. Whilst Burrows found the competition too hot to handle in the enlarged field Tom Stothart showed his improved technique as he powered off the line threading a route to avoid paddle boarders on the course. At the turn Tom Stothart was first but in the unfavoured outside lane, driving hard he moved more inshore increasing his lead on the return leg and winning by several lengths. Burrows came home in 10th.

The first race of the day had seen Lucy Horton, Rebecca Stothart, Morgan Evans, Jade Jordan coxed by Burrows racing in the J16 Ladies Quad Sculls. The young crew fought hard with two older crews jumping out into an early lead. Dover’s ladies fought hard to remain in contention for 3rd place before dropping back to 5th at the finishing line. There was improved fortune for Jordon in her first sweep race where she joined a Herne Bay Novice Ladies 4. Jordon appeared to initially struggle with this unfamiliar crew before finding her rhythm. Turning first, they increased their lead scoring a comfortable win.

Jo Johnston lined up next in the Ladies Sculls race an event she has championed to return to the CARA events calendar. Johnston had a good start in a large field and was fighting for third at the turn. A problem slowed her in the last quarter before she kicked on to hold off an Eastbourne sculler taking 5th place.

The Men’s Junior Pairs saw the Dover field two crews of Chris Hall / Tom Stothart and Josh Cullen / Ed Thomas. A good start saw both Dover crews up with the leaders at the 500m point with Hall / Stothart fighting the strong Herne Bay pair for first. Cullen / Thomas struggled a little with steering taking the widest line. Hall / Stothart pursued the Herne Bay crew to the to the line taking second. Cullen / Thomas worked hard on the return leg and finished in the points in 5th place.

The Ladies Senior Pairs saw Johnston and Maria West-Burrows on the water. The pairing who prefer rougher conditions had a good start see them just behind the leading boats as they neared the turn. On the return they set their sights on the third placed Shoreham crew. Pushing hard the veteran rowers started to close as the line approached gaining an overlap before running out of water, leaving them in 4th.

Hall, Dover’s sole entry in the Men’s Junior Sculls, was a little behind from the start as he pushed towards the outer buoys. Turning second Hall was leading his Uni rowing captain at 1750m only to fade under pressure as the line approached leaving him in 3rd.

Thomas, Hall, Cullen, Tom Stothart coxed by Jordon were out in the Men’s Junior Fours. A good start saw Dover’s crew in second in the first few hundred metres. A good coxing debut from Jordon helped the Uni boys push for third out of the turn and led to a head to head with the Shoreham crew on the return leg with Dover losing out by less than a canvas leaving them 4th.

The last event saw West-Burrows / Rebecca Stothart and Johnston / Jordon competing in the Ladies Double Sculls. In another good field the Dover crews kept out of trouble in the outside lanes. By the turns the middle lanes appeared to have the advantage with Dover’s crews struggling for the lower points places. Johnston / Jordon narrowly missed out coming home in 7th whilst West-Burrows / R Stothart came home in 9th.

Dover RC eyes now turn to the weather as they are due to host their home regatta in Dover Harbour on Saturday 9th June. Racing starts at 10.30am.

Ladies J16 take second in tight finish at Hastings Regatta

The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club in action in the opening regattas of the Coast Amateur Rowing Association season. On Saturday Dover joined Hastings RC in celebrating their 150th anniversary with the regatta returning to their home waters for the first time in several years. On Sunday the regatta moved to Bexhill.

First on the water was the J16 Ladies Quad Sculls crew of Lucy Horton, Chloe Bicker, Rebecca Stothart, Jade Jordon coxed by Tony Burrows. 12 year old Horton was a late replacement having only recently started rowing. The young crew, featuring three first time racers, rapidly moved into second and at half way were a few lengths behind the lead boat. A strong last 500m saw them close down the Deal crew gaining an overlap before the finishing line and leaving them in a well deserved 2nd place. Bexhill regatta proved tougher for the young crew but they fought hard in a larger field to finish 5th.

The Ladies Double Sculls saw Dover enter two crews: Maria West-Burrows / Stothart and Jo Johnston / Jordon. In a large field both crews struggled to compete with the leading boats. Fighting for points at the buoy turns, Johnston / Jordon came home in 6th place with West-Burrows / Stothart in 8th. Stothart finished a busy session racing in a Deal novice ladies crew that came in 7th. There was improvement for Johnston / Jordon at Bexhill where they finished 5th with West-Burrows / Stothart coming in 10th.

Club Captain Burrows found himself in the outside lane for the Novice Sculls and struggled on the outward leg. A great turn saw him jump three places and begin moving through the field only for his progress to be stopped by a capsize in front of him. This forced him to stop, manoeuvre and restart leaving him in 7th at the finish. Burrows had a similar outcome on day 2 steering round the rescue boat on his way to another 7th place.

The Veteran 40 fours race saw Johnston, Nick Bailey, Burrows joined by Mark Jefferies from Herne Bay coxed by Chrissy Purvis. The crew got off to a great start and were towards the front of the field for the first 500m before dropping a little off the pace. By the buoy turn the veterans were in 5th position which they held to the end of the race.

Ladies Junior Fours crew of Jen Jordan, Purvis, West-Burrows, Kate Smith with Johnston as cox were left slightly at the start before moving up through the field. A chaotic turn saw three crews aiming for the same buoy and colliding which damaged a rigger. This gave out during the return leg, leaving the crew battling home in 5th.

Chris Price, competing in the Men’s Junior Sculls, managed to avoid the capsize of a competitor to be in the mix in the early stages. His challenge fell away by the turn and he came home in the points in 5th place.

Johnston, competing in the Ladies Sculls, found that the lead two scullers were very strong leaving her to fight for the minor places. Eventually coming in 5th before jumping into the Senior Ladies Pairs with West-Burrows two races later. The crew, who prefer rougher conditions, found the going tough with the quick turn around taking its toil leaving the boat pushing for the final points for 6th but just missing out. Johnston injured her wrist in the Sculls race on the second day which saw her come home in 7th.

At Bexhill Antonia Reed helped out Herne Bay in the Ladies Novice 4 where the young crew came in 5th.

Dover rowers in indoor championship action

The weekend saw Dover Rowers in action at the British Rowing Indoor Championships held at the Lee Valley VeloPark. This competition gives rowers the opportunity to compete against GB and international rowers and this year also saw Sir Bradley Wiggins’ competitive rowing debut.
Nick Bailey and Chris Price competed in Master categories. Bailey, competing in the Masters 60-64 years 2km event, got off to a strong start covering the first 500m in 1 min 53.2 sec. He slowed through the middle 1000m, averaging 1 min 56.2 sec, before finishing strongly with a final 500m at 1 min 52.9 sec. Bailey’s overall times saw him home in 11th place in a time of 7 min 38.6 sec.

Lizzie Foley there to support competitors Nick Bailey and Chris Price at BRIC 2017

Price entered in the Masters 30-39, light weight, 2 km class. He got off to a slow start posting a first 500m of 1 min 52.9 sec, improved steadily through the next 1000m and finished strongly, with a last 500m time of 1 min 48.1 sec. Price finished in 10th place in a time of 7 min 25.2 seconds.
Dover’s student Rowers Tom Stothart and Chris Hall competed in the recent British Universities and Colleges Sport indoor rowing championships. Stothart has been has been improving his 2 km times since arriving at Reading University and was aiming to break the sub 7 min target. He was heartbreakingly close, posting a time of 7 min 00.8 sec, a personal best.
Hall was a late call up for the University of Southampton squad. He improved on his previous best time, completing the 2 km in 6 min 48.2 sec, before helping his team win the relay event the same day.

Dover rowers Tony Burrows, Chrissy Purvis and Paul Scrivener assisted Dover Grammar School for Girls with their annual indoor rowing event which saw Rebecca Stothart help her team take their year groups relay title.

 

Dover takes second place at Teddington Head

The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club competing in the Teddington Head Race hosted by Walbrook Rowing Club. The course offered crews the opportunity to race on a wide section of the Thames over a 5200m route. Maria West-Burrows and Jo Johnston raced in the Ladies Double Sculls and Chris Price rowed in the open sculls event after being the sole entry in the coastal sculls class.


West-Burrows and Johnston were in the first division of the event starting at Hampton Court Bridge. The Ladies crew enjoyed the experience of a wide river allowing greater over-taking options as they pushed against the tide but with the wind. By the narrow section at Raven’s Ait Dover’s challenge had slipped away as the lead crew pulled away in their lighter river boat. At the finishing line at Steven’s Eyot they were given a rounded time of 27 minutes, leaving them 2nd.


Chris Price, sculling in a borrowed Southsea boat, was up against it with his opponents in their normal river sculls. Price got off to a safe start working hard to maintain contact with the leading boats. He successfully rounded Raven’s Ait as the conditions worsened with the rain increasing to heavy and in rapidly darkening skies. He successfully negotiated both Kingston bridges making home in a time of 24 m 49.4s, leaving him in a credible 4th place.

Dover RC would like to thank Jeff Watling from Southsea RC for enabling Price to complete and Joel Dinning, Worthing RC for the photographs.

Dover Rowers take fourth in the B Final of the World Rowing Coastal Championships

Dover rowers Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows represented club and country, as GBR04, by competing in the semi-final heats of the Woman’s Double Sculls division World Rowing Coastal Championships held at Thonon-les-Bains on Lake Geneva on Friday. By qualifying for, and competing in, the World Championships Johnston and West-Burrows are hoping to inspire others to take up sport or new challenges regardless of age.

Maria showing off her accreditation and Jo and Maria signing autographs.

The course map for the World Rowing Coastal Championships displaying the 4 km route.

With an average age of over 50, Johnston and West-Burrows gave 20 years to most of their opponents, and rowed in conditions far calmer than they prefer. The initial 1100 metres leading to the first turn on the 4 km course saw a mass charge with Dover’s crew fighting to maintain a qualifying position. The run to the second turn saw the field spread out with Dover towards the back of qualifying and being pushed hard. By the fourth turn Dover had slipped out of the A Final qualifying position but were maintaining a qualifying place for the B Final. Their place assured Johnston and West-Burrows sought to conserve energy for the next race coming home behind their fellow GB crews from Welsh Sea RA in a time of 22:07.86.

Jo and Maria in their club colours.

Saturday saw Johnston and West-Burrows line up for the B final along with other GB and Irish crews. Racing was tight to the first buoy with Dover in the leading group of four. The battle continued through the next three buoys with GBR02 the eventual winners and IRL01 easing ahead leaving Dover to battle GBR05 for third place. It came down to the penultimate turn where Dover dropped a length behind GBR05 to miss out on 3rd place by 3.08 seconds, finishing in a time of 21:24.82. Johnston and West-Burrows were the highest placed English crew in their event and had they been in the second semi-final their Saturday race time would have been good enough to qualify for the A Final. They finished the competition ranked 24th in the World in Coastal Doubles.

Meridian News visits Dover Rowing Club

Meridian News crew of Jenna Verdicchio and Siobhan Hart visited Dover Rowing Club to report on Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows qualification for the World Rowing Coastal Championships. Johnston and West-Burrows will be competing on Lake Geneva on Friday the 13th in the semi final heats aiming to reach the final on Saturday. Good Luck Ladies!

Johnston and West-Burrows qualify for the World Rowing Coastal Championships at Thonon-les-Bains

There was exciting news for Dover Rowers Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows as they received confirmation that their performance at the British Rowing Offshore Championships in July had qualified them straight into the semi finals of the 2017 World Rowing Coastal Championships held at Thonon-les-Bains, France. They will be competing as GBR4 on the waters of Lake Geneva in the Coastal Woman’s Double Sculls event and will be facing competitors from 9 other countries. The Dover crew will be competing in the blue and white of Dover’s club colours as it is traditional for this tournament to represent both your club and country.


Whilst the rest of the club have entered off season training, Johnston and West-Burrows have been balancing work and family responsibilities as they train in Dover Harbour in preparation for their semi final on the Friday the 13th October. The heat will be based on a 4km multiple turn course with the final being run over a 6km course. The preparations have not been ideal given the temporary space restriction caused by the West Docks Development but both rowers are hopeful of qualification for Saturday’s final, although the present expected calm conditions are not in their favour.
Anyone interested in learning or returning to rowing should contact Dover Rowing Club via the Club’s website.

Johnston takes win in Ladies Open Sculls at Worthing Town Regatta

Dover Rowing Club sent a depleted squad to the rearranged Worthing Town Regatta at the weekend.
First on the water was Lizzie Foley who volunteered to help Eastbourne RC by coxing their crew featuring a new rower. Foley used her experience to assist the crew as they raced coming home 10th.

Lizzie Foley, Jo Johnston, Jacky Silk, Toni Burrows, Maria West-Burrows, Chris Hall and David Newman

Maria West-Burrows and Jo Johnston were in competition in the Senior Ladies Pairs. With the water at its roughest point of the day, in a few strokes one of Worthing’s crews capsized. The remaining boats fought on as they headed down the course. By the buoy turns it was clear that Worthing’s remaining crew and a Shoreham crew would battle for victory whilst the Dover boat would be fighting for third. With the Dover boat in the rougher water on the return leg the third placed crew moved away leaving them to come home in fourth.

IMG_1658Chris Hall
The Men’s Junior Sculls race saw Chris Hall in a competitive field. With conditions rough at the start line one of his competitors was fortunate to avoid a capsize just after the ‘Go!’. Hall found himself in a battle with the two Bexhill scullers offering a repeat of the first regatta of the season. With clear daylight developing between the leading Bexhill Sculler as they headed to the turn Hall tried to hold onto the second placed boat. The turns went Bexhill’s way and both scullers broke clear of Hall who settled into third place as he worked his way up the course. With inshore conditions better than the middle course water Hall watched warily as the Shoreham sculler made ground on him egged on by the commentator. He upped his stroke rate but Hall responded, confident that he was in control of the third place only to see the Shoreham Sculler catch a crab and capsize with less than 400m to go allowing Hall to row controlled to the finish.

Jo JohnstonJo Johnston 2
Jo Johnston competed in the Ladies Open Sculls in calmer conditions. Johnston got off to the better start and found herself leading the Southsea sculler. Forming a comfortable lead on the outward leg Johnston exended her lead to several lengths as she remained long and strong all the way back to the finish to claim her first win of the season.
With only the South Coast Championships left in the coastal season Dover Rowing Club are looking for new and returning members to bolster their squads competing in under 14’s through to over 50 categories for the 2018 season, please see the club’s website for contact details.

Dover Rowing Club places well at the British Rowing Offshore Championships

Dover Rowing Club were in action at the inaugural British Rowing Offshore Championships held over the weekend at Sandbanks, Poole. The Championships serve as a qualifier for the FISA World Coastal Rowing Championships at Thoron, France. Dover RC were flying the flag for Coast Amateur Rowing Association in competing in this longer rowing format. Unlike the normal CARA races the start sees crews standing with their boats in the water, the course being a 4km triangle for qualifying and 6km for the finals and the finish seeing a crew member sprinting up the beach to cross the finishing line.

Chris Price, Maria West-Burrows, Jo Johnston, Robin McCorkellStart of the Woman's Double Sculls
Dover RC entered 3 crews into the competition, Chris Price and Robin McCorkell in the Men’s single sculls (C1), and Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows in the Woman’s Doubles (CW2); all competing in hired FISA boats. The first sculler on the water was Price who has previous experience at the FISA Worlds having coxed Dover’s Quad to win the qualifying round before finishing second in the World Championships in the Channel Islands in 2006. Price pushed hard off the start but found the competition too strong as the field quickly settled into two groups with Price leading the second group of scullers fighting for 5th place. With the qualifying out of his reach by the second turn Price pushed hard to break free from his group to secure 5th place in a time of 23 m 24.3 s.

Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows courtesy of British Rowing Naomi Barker 2

Picture courtesy of British Rowing / Naomi Barker
Johnston and West-Burrows found themselves left at the line as the more experienced FISA style starters gained an advantage in their straight final in the Double Sculls. Once in stroke the ladies closed the gap immediately only to be blocked by the Welsh Sea crew. As the race progressed the experienced FISA crew from Jersey pulled out a substantial lead with Dover in a fight for the minor placings. By the second buoy Dover had been dropped from the medal placings and were fighting for 4th. In an exciting finish Dover’s boat came hammering into the beach with two Welsh crews on their stern. Johnston, belying her 60 years, sprinted up the beach to beat her young Welsh opponent by less than a second. Dover’s fourth place was secured in a time of 34 m 14.9 s; second of the English crews.
McCorkell found himself competing against 2014 World Champion Single Sculls Champion Peter Berg from Sweden. McCorkell got off to a fine start and was in the leading group through the first turn. By the second he was in a comfortable third place and rowed a controlled race to the finish in a time of 20 m 50.9 s thereby qualifying for Sunday’s final.

Robin McCorkell on the sprint finish (1) Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows (2)
Finals day saw McCorkell on the start line at 07:35. Berg and the Czech Huja rapidly pulled away from the rest of the field leaving McCorkell battling for third. Fighting hard round the first turn to keep in contact his challenge started to fall away at the second buoy with the young rower coming home 5th in a time of 36 m 29.4 s; second among the British competitors.