Dover rowers improve their ranking at the World Rowing Coastal Championship

Dover Rowing Club rowers Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows were in action at the weekend in the World Rowing Coastal Championship, held in Sidney near Victoria, Canada. Following the veteran rowers qualification at the British Offshore Championship earlier this year they were designated GBR03 in the Woman’s Double Sculls.

Friday’s qualifier saw Johnston and West-Burrows get a great start in their hired racing boat, managing to launch from the beach in the first three crews. They were competing with the lead boats when problems began to appear. Johnston quickly identified a gate holding one of the blades (oars) was loose and there was a real chance their race was going to be over before the first turn at 1.4 km of the 4 km course. At the turn Dover stopped, off the racing line, to attempt a fix whilst the field passed them. Recognising that the aim of the A final had now gone the ladies chased the field attempting to qualify for the B final in the hope of improving their world ranking from last years event. Gradually they closed on the tail of field and by the third turn at 2.9 km were able to slowly overhaul back markers, coming home in a frustrating 11th place in a time of 22 min 51.1 sec. Their efforts saw them grab a place in the B final.

Saturday saw an early start as the Johnston and West-Burrows stood ready in the calm clear waters of the bay. Another good start saw the Dover crew towards the front of the field. At the first turn they were fighting for 3rd with USA02, whilst GBR01 moved into the lead. By the second turn Johnston and West-Burrows found themselves in 4th with clear water behind. Pushing hard they were unable to close down on USA02 at the u-turn around buoys three and four but headed home to take 4th comfortably in a time of 22 min 26.6 sec. Their finishing position improved their event ranking from 23rd to 20th.

Burrows take win at the South Coast Championship

Dover Rowing Club were in competition at the South Coast Championship on a straight 2km course from Walmer Bandstand, through the pier, to Deal Rowing club.

Dover Captain Tony Burrows again joined Eastbourne’s Masters 50+ crew of Norwood, Guppy, Warland and coxed by Bishop. With no Championship category for the 50+ the top CARA crews competed in the final. Hastings took the early lead with Burrows’ crew slotting into a clear second place. Both crews showed great form through the pier with Hastings holding a little over a length lead. Burrows’ crew made their move with a third of the course to go gradually drawing level. Hastings caught a runner in the last 200m and the opportunity seemed to have passed until Burrows’ crew received a similar runner to inch ahead and grabbed the win by three quarters of a length. At the umpires confirmation celebrations broke out among the veteran crew.

The Ladies Junior Open Fours saw Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Kate Smith coxed by Jo Johnston competing in the first heat. A good start saw Dover’s top ladies crew move into second place early on and they qualified for the final just behind the heat winners. In the largest final of the day the Dover Ladies again were off the line well and moved into third place as they approached the pier. As they cleared the pier Christchurch moved to block their line and protect their second place. The chase was on as Dover tried to get by Christchurch, closing the gap to less than two lengths but Dover ran out of water finishing third.

In the Men’s Junior Fours a late seat change saw a crew of Chris Hall, Michael Ripault, Nathan Peach, Tom Stothart coxed by Paul Scrivener competing. A slow start saw the Dover crew at the back of the field but by the pier the team were in rhythm and were catching Eastbourne. Driving hard in the second half of the race Dover moved past Eastbourne and were rapidly closing in on 3rd place Shoreham moving to overlap but were unable to take the qualifying spot.

The Ladies J16 Quads Rebecca Stothart, Morgan Evans, Ella Day, Jade Jordon coxed by Burrows found themselves in a much larger field than they were used to in the shorter 1 km event. The young crew got a poor start and were chasing the field moving up slowly to compete for 6th place just missing out on the line. The same crew competed later in the Novice Ladies Four with Hall coxing this race. A better start saw the ladies in the mix during the early stages before starting to slip behind as they approached the pier. Hall steered the novices inshore searching for better water, clearing the pier they set off in pursuit. At the finish the ladies were left a canvas short of 5th place.

The Masters 40+ saw Scrivener, Ripault, Nick Bailey, Burrows coxed by T Stothart competing. The veteran Dover rowers were in 5th place at the pier but were having issues with their rhythm. Organising themselves they pushed on but were unable to improve their position.

Dover Crew’s qualify for World Championships but just miss out on medals at the British Offshore Championships

Dover Rowing Club were in competition in the British Offshore Championships held over two days at Sandbanks, Poole. Differing from the normal CARA competitions the scullers start standing by their boats in the shallow water. At the ‘go’ competitors jump into their boats and, when ready, are pushed off by two boat handlers.

Day 1: Chris Price was on the water in Eliminator 1 Open Coastal Solo. Price got a good start and was off in pursuit of a Swedish former world champion in the straight 1km to the first buoy before turning parallel to the shore. Price was losing contact with the lead boats as he headed to the 3rd turn and was unable to close the gap further on the remaining turns of the 4 km course before sprinting up the beach to finish 7th in a time of 26:57.5.

Robin McCorkell was racing in Eliminator 2. A slow start left McCorkell blocked by the main field who were densely packed on the racing line, forcing him to row wide to get clear water. Between buoy 1 and 3 McCorkell worked his way patiently through the field to move into 5th place. After turn 3 he rapidly closed on the fourth place rower but was unable to take the last qualifying spot, running home in a time of 24:38.4.

Making their debut in the Open Coastal 2x Eliminator were Dover crew, Tom Stothart and Chris Hall. Starting in the middle of the field the 19 year olds rapidly caught up with the leading Jersey boat, clashing blades as the two crews turned at the first buoy. As the race progressed the Dover crew battled their way past the reigning champions to move clear. They extended their lead through to the shore before Hall ran home to win their heat in a time of 21.08.9.

Day 2: Saw the final of the Open Coastal 2x. Whilst adjusting his feet after the push-off Hall’s blade handle caught in his clothes preventing him from rowing. Once freed Hall and Stothart were left to pursue the field. Pushing hard at the first turn their blades caught on the buoy as a wave drove them sideways. With the finals being completed over 6km Dover’s crew worked hard to regain ground. After the 3rd turn they began the press the 3rd place Jersey crew and were able to close to the stern of their opponents boat, but were unable to overtake. The effort proved too much as Jersey’s crew managed to open a gap up as they ran to the beach leaving Hall to cross the line in 32:52.24 in fourth.

Dover left the best till last as the veteran ladies double were in a straight final for the Woman’s Coastal 2x. A good start for Maria West-Burrows and Jo Johnston, the event Safety Officer, saw them in the mix at the first turn. The Dover crew moved past Warwick’s crew to take 4th and were hunting down the Welsh crew in 3rd. Pushing hard from the 3rd buoy Dover were closing coming out of the 4th buoy. It looked like the catch was possible but a great turn by the Welsh crew at 5 gave them sufficient gap to hold off West-Burrows and Johnston’s final charge seeing them come home in 4th place in a time of 42:44.81.

Whilst frustrated to miss out on medals both West-Burrows / Johnston and Stothart / Hall finished in qualifying places for the World Offshore Championships.

Burrows takes win at Worthing

Dover Rowing Club were in action at the Worthing Town Regatta at the weekend in the last of the regular season competitions. Club Captain Tony Burrows joined the Eastbourne boat of Norwood, Guppy, Warland, coxed by Bishop in the Veteran 50+ race. Burrows in the stroke seat set the rate as the boat shot off to an early lead taking a length within 150m. The boat continued to move away from the field and made a clean turn before running home for the win by three lengths. This was Burrows first win since qualifying for the 50+ category. The same crew also came home in 4th in the Veteran 40+ race.

The Men’s Novice Sculls saw Nathan Peach in the first heat. A good start saw Peach contending for the top four qualifying places. He was still in contention after the turn, but fell away towards the end to finish 5th. The second heat saw Burrows and Tom Stothart competing. The conditions were not in Burrows’ favour and a slow start saw him turn around, whilst Stothart got a great start and led to the buoys. After a clean turn he maintained a good lead to the line to qualify for the final. Stothart had a shaky start in the final, with a near capsize within ten strokes, which allowed the Herne Bay sculler to get away from him. He chased hard but a poor turn left him fighting to maintain 2nd. Stothart slowly moved clear in the later quarter of the race to secure the runner up spot.

Chris Hall was in action in the Men’s Junior Sculls where he was midfield after the start. Hall slowly moved through the field to lay 3rd with 500m to row. Hall started making rapid gains on the second place man, and looked likely to take 2nd place, but caught a late ‘crab’ to leave him 3rd.

Hall and Stothart combined for the Men’s Junior Pairs. The young pairing applied pressure to the leading Herne Bay crew from the start. At the turn the Dover boat looked good for 2nd but a fast finishing inside Southsea crew dropped them to 3rd.

Jo Johnston competed in the Ladies Sculls event. A steady start saw her in the battle for points, moving to 4th by the turn were she increased her lead over the 5th paced sculler. On the return Johnston was unable to meaningfully close on the top three, leaving her to finish in a comfortable 4th place.

Johnston and Maria West-Burrows raced in the Ladies Senior Pairs. Following a boat change the ladies crew were late to the line possibly impacting their start and leaving them towards the back of the field. As the race spread out the Dover crew slowly picked up places to move into the points. After the turn the ladies moved into 5th but were unable to improve further.

Four second places for the Dover rowers at Herne Bay Regatta

It was a tale of 2nd places for Dover Rowing Club at Herne Bay Regatta. Ladies J16 Quad Sculls crew of Rebecca Stothart, Morgan Evans, Ella Day, Jade Jordon coxed by Tony Burrows had a challenging race after Day caught a crab early shattering her blade shaft and trapping it under their boat. Despite the handicap the young crew fought on and held on to take 2nd place at the line.

The Men’s Junior Pairs saw Chris Hall and Tom Stothart get off to a strong start in pursuit of the Herne Bay pair that has dominated the competition this season. They reached the turn with a narrow lead before coming out level, but Dover fell to 2nd by the last 500m and came home in the runners up spot.

Sculls picture courtesy of Joel Dinning

The Men’s Junior Sculls saw Hall and Chris Price competing. Hall in the less favoured outside lane got a great start and was in the mix with the lead scullers. Price had a steadier start in the rough conditions. Hall followed Herne Bay’s former World Champion around the inside turn, and applied pressure on him in the rough conditions in the final quarter, but was unable to pass taking 2nd. Price came home in 7th. The results of the Junior Pairs and Sculls were sufficient to take 2nd place in the Men’s Junior Aggregate competition.

The Men’s Novice Fours saw Nathan Peach competing with an Eastbourne crew coxed by Paul Scrivener, and Jon Cook with a Worthing crew. Peach’s crew led into the turn but struggled to make a clean turn coming out 2nd with Cook’s crew 3rd. In the last 500m the conditions deteriorated but Peach’s crew cleared the worst of it and secured 2nd. Cook’s boat was swamped resulting in Dover rowers swimming out to help land the stricken boat and crew.

The Ladies Novice Four saw Dover enter two crews Dover A: Jade Jordon, R Stothart, Ella Day, Evans coxed by Jo Johnston and Dover B: Newton (Eastbourne) Jamie Jordon, Kate Day, Kate Smith coxed by Scrivener. There was extra interest in this race as Dover B contained two of the mothers of the young Dover A crew. The Dover crews were locked into a neck and neck race for 3rd and 4th with the ‘Mum’s’ crew taking it by a canvas.

Men’s Novice Sculls saw T Stothart, Burrows and Peach competing. Stothart got off to a great start moving with the lead group whilst Burrows and Peach were fighting for the remaining points. Stothart turned in 3rd and was unable to improve his position on the run home. Burrows and Peach just missed out the points coming across the line in 7th and 8th.

In the Ladies Sculls Johnston worked hard to run down the Worthing sculler finishing in 4th missing out on 3rd by less than a canvas. Johnston and Maria West-Burrows competed in the Senior Ladies Pairs but a slow start left them chasing the field and by the turn they were 5th. They were unable to improve their position by the finish line.

Veteran 40’s saw Scrivener, Matt Barnett, Nick Bailey, Burrows coxed by Jade Jordon starting well but rudder issues saw them come home in 5th. The Junior Men’s Four of Peach, Cook, Hall, T Stothart coxed by Jade Jordon finished 7th in a competitive field.

Hall and Stothart take second at Southsea regatta

The annual coming together of CARA and Hants and Dorset ARA at Southsea, saw two Dover rowers braving the early start. Chris Hall and Tom Stothart were met with beautiful early sea conditions for the heats that roughed up for the finals. Despite racing in borrowed boats the boy’s overall results were the best Dover RC have managed in recent years at this event.

In the heats for the Men’s Pairs, Hall and Stothart had to appeal for a restart after a crash in the first few strokes stopped two boats. The restart saw them get off quickly, easing ahead of the field, with a comfortable lead at the turn, and they secured a place in the final by coming home in first. With the rougher conditions of the final pushing crews inshore, the Dover boys chose to move out from their inside draw. A coming together with Southsea at the three quarter point on the outside leg saw them drop to 5th at the turn. The young rowers worked hard to run down those ahead of them but by half way back they were in a three way tie for second before laying the power down to come home comfortably in the runners up spot.

In the Junior Sculls Hall moved easily off the start and established himself in a qualifying position before dropping his rate to come home in the 4th qualifying spot. Hall moved strongly off the line and was battling the leaders. By the turn he was chasing the Bexhill rower whilst keeping an eye on the inside sculler from Deal. Pushing as hard as the conditions allowed Hall was unable to close the gap coming home second.

Stothart competing in the Novice Sculls moved comfortably through the qualifying round coming home in 4th. In the final Stotahrt flew off the start and had established a good lead as he approached the buoy turn. Unfortunately a terrible turn saw him come out with less than a length lead. The run home saw Southsea and then two Hants and Dorset scullers come past him leaving him in fourth, the second of the CARA scullers.

Dover RC would like to thank Deal and Herne Bay rowing clubs for lending boats to allow Hall and Stothart to compete.

Ladies Quad lead the way at Deal Regatta

Dover Rowing Club were in action at Deal and Worthing regattas last weekend. The Ladies J16 Quad of Rebecca Stothart, Chloe Bicker, Ella Day, Jade Jordon coxed by Tony Burrows got off to a good start and were quickly pursuing Herne Bay’s strong crew. By half way the Quad were comfortably 2nd, after pulling clear of Deal, holding that position to the finish. The same crew later competed in the Novice Ladies 4 alongside Dover ‘B’ crew of Antonia Reed, Sophie Wolfenden, Kate Day, Kate Smith coxed by Chrissy Purvis. Dover ‘A’ were in the mix from the start as they headed for the first turn whilst Dover ‘B’ had a steadier start. In the race for the second turn Dover ‘A’ were fighting Folkestone for 4th place. They out sprinted them to the finish to confirm 4th place, with the ‘B’ crew coming home 6th.

The heats for the Men’s Novice Sculls saw Tom Stothart and Nathan Peach race first. T Stothart appeared to be in contention at the half way point sitting in 4th with Peach chasing hard in 6th. At the last turn T Stothart was hit by Worthing who had tried to take his turn, stopping him dead. He would later be progressed to the final as a result. Peach finished well in 6th. Burrows found himself in a 3 way race for the last qualifying spot in his heat, he regained 4th after a excellent last turn but positions changed repeatedly before the finish with Burrows missing out. In a less dramatic final T Stothart secured 3rd place. T Stothart was one of two Dover rowers at Worthing, he qualified for the Men’s Novice final by winning his heat. In the final T Stothart found himself in a three way battle for second from the buoy turn. It was neck and neck until, with 10 strokes to go, T Stothart had second only to catch a crab dropping him to 4th.

Chris Hall competed at both Deal and Worthing in the Men’s Junior Sculls. Hall held 3rd at the first turn at Deal and was unable to improve by the finish. At Worthing Hall was only able to take 4th from the outside lane. Hall and Stothart combined in the Men’s Junior Pairs, at Deal the boys found themselves in the lead after three boats tangled dropping to second on a bad turn. Comfortably in second the Dover Pair were crashed into at the second turn dropping them to 4th, the same position they were to take at Worthing.

The Ladies Junior 4’s saw Jen Jordan, Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Smith coxed by Jo Johnston in a very competitive class. With crews running in shore the ladies crew did well to keep their turn before running home in 4th. The Men’s Novice 4 of Ollie Scrivener, Michael Ripault, Peach, Jacob Scrivener coxed by Jordon battled hard through the turns but couldn’t run down the lead crews finishing in 5th. Their Junior counterparts Guy Hadfield, Jon Cook, Hall, T Stothart coxed by O Scrivener were unable to get into the mix finishing in the last points place in 6th.

Dover had 3 crews in the Ladies Double Sculls Johnston / Jordon, West-Burrows / R Stothart and Smith / Day. An evenful start saw West-Burrows and R Stothart get tangled up with another crew leaving them trailing the field. Johnston / Jordon double competed well through the first turn and established themselves in third at the finish with Smith / Day in 9th and West-Burrows / R Stothart finishing 10th. The Ladies single sculls had Johnston and Lizzie Foley competing. Foley had the better start but was soon overhauled by Johnston who would fight for second place before finishing 3rd, whilst Foley came home in 6th.

The Ladies Pairs races saw Johnston and West-Burrows come home in 5th in the Senior event and Juniors Jordan and Purvis missing out on points in 7th.

The Masters 40+ Fours of West-Burrows, Ripault, Nick Bailey, Burrows coxed by O Scrivener came home in 5th.

Dover Rowing Club hosted Dover Grammar School for Girls

Dover Rowing Club opened their doors (shutters) to welcome Dover Grammar School for Girls for a two day introductory rowing camp this week. 120 pupils experienced rowing for the first time by participating in a structured but fun program involving circuit training, ergo (rowing machine), team races and rowing in Dover Harbour in the club’s racing fours.

The camp was facilitated by volunteers from Dover RC and organised by the club’s committee and Safety Officer. The club would particularly like to thank the younger members involved, Ella Day, Jade Jordon, Rebecca and Tom Stothart, and hope to see many of the DGSG students again in the future. Anyone, young or older, interested in taking up rowing should contact the club via the website or Facebook page.

 

Hall takes win in the rough at Folkestone

Dover Rowing Club’s Scullers led the way at Folkestone at the weekend with conditions more difficult than at earlier regattas this season. The Men’s Junior Sculls saw Chris Hall and Chris Price in action. Hall got off to a good start and was up with the leading boats whilst Price was more cautious. Hall reached the buoys in 3rd but with a good turn made up two lengths to move into 2nd. However the leading sculler capsized soon after the turn leaving Hall fighting Swarbrick from Shoreham for the victory. Price was steadily progressing through the field and was lying 4th with 500m to go. Swarbrick was leading in the later stages, with Hall pursuing hard, but also capsized, sportingly calling ‘well done Dover’ from the water as Hall passed him. Hall held off a fast charging Bexhill Sculler to take the win with Price coming home in 3rd.

The Ladies Double Sculls saw Dover enter two crews, Jo Johnston / Rebecca Stothart and Maria West-Burrows / Jade Jordon. An early crab stopped West-Burrows / Jordon leaving them at the back of the field. Johnston / Stothart got off to a steadier start moving through the field to be 3rd at the turn. On the return leg Johnston / Stothart set sights on the 2nd place crew who they started to overlap with 300m to go. With heavier waves hitting both boats the pressure was applied by Dover who rowed through Herne Bay taking 2nd. West-Burrows / Jordon crossed the line in 8th. Johnston had earlier taken 3rd in the Ladies Sculls event which had seen her manage the conditions and survive a scare after the turn. The J16 Ladies Quad saw Stothart, Chloe Bicker, Ella Day, Jordon coxed by Johnston enter a tight battle with Herne Bay for 2nd. Dover’s youngsters pushed hard and started to overlap the inside crew before they ran out of water coming in 3rd.

The Men’s Novice Sculls saw three boats in the two qualifying heats, Nathan Peach, Tony Burrows and Paul Scrivener. Peach and Burrows found the going tough in the opening heat finishing outside the qualifying positions. P Scrivener’s start looked disastrous as he was impeded by a Shoreham Sculler leaving both boats locked together. Once P Scrivener restarted he tore off in pursuit of the field passing several opponents to qualify comfortably. With an unfavoured outside lane in the final P Scrivener found conditions challenging as he headed to the turns. Moving inside on the return leg he gradually moved up the points positions finishing 4th.

In the sweep rowing events the Ladies Novice 4 crew of Jordon, Stothart, Day, Kate Smith coxed by Chrissy Purvis got a good start from the outside lane turning 3rd. Slowly but steadily they closed the gap on the 2nd placed Folkestone crew and in the last 300m were neck and neck before pulling clear after surviving a heavy bow slap from a large wave.

The Men’s Novice 4 of Taylor (Herne Bay), Jon Cook, Peach, Jacob Scrivener coxed by Purvis got a solid start. Their boat was just out of the points at the turn before moving up on return leg and just missed out on 5th after battling Herne Bay in the last quarter.

The Ladies Junior 4 of Jen Jordan, Purvis, West-Burrows, Smith coxed by Burrows worked hard on the outside to stay in contact with the inside crews. Turning in the middle of the field they fought to maintain a points finish in 6th.
The Ladies Senior Pair of Johnston and West Burrows chased down Worthing at the turn and were pushing for 3rd to the line. The Men’s Senior Pair of Hall and Burrows came home in 9th.

In other races the Masters 50+ crew of P Scrivener, Dixon (Shoreham), Nick Bailey, Burrows coxed by Purvis came home in 6th, Men’s Junior 4 saw Toby Scrivener, Cook, Peach, Neil Scrivener coxed by P Scrivener come home in 7th. The Junior Senior 4, featuring P Scrivener, Cook, Hall, Burrows coxed by Jordon, finished 7th after initially leading at the 500m mark.