Stothart and Hall have a winning start to 2017 at the Viking Shield Regatta

The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club in action in the traditional preseason regatta, the Viking Shield, hosted by Folkestone RC. With new crew combinations formed in the off season this regatta gives them their first opportunity to compete.

The Men’s Junior Pairs saw new partnership of Tom Stothart and Chris Hall starting well. They found themselves fighting for second place on the outward leg as the buoy turn approached but the leading Shoreham boat over shot their turn and the young Dover crew seized the opportunity making a tight turn and springing out to a couple of lengths lead. They fought hard and held on to take the win by a clear length.

Men's Junior Pairs Winners Tom Stothart and Chris Hall (2) Men's Junior Pairs Winners Tom Stothart and Chris Hall

Novice Sculls saw Dover scullers Stothart, Tony Burrows and Paul Scrivener comfortably come through qualifying rounds. In the final P Scrivener flew off the line to take the lead which he held for most of the first leg with Stothart mid field and Burrows at the back. P Scrivener struggled to maintain contention after the turn dropping back to finish 7th a little ahead of Burrows who was 8th, with Stothart leading them and taking 5th.

Men’s Junior Senior 4’s saw P Scrivener, John Cook, Guy Hadfield, Neil Scrivener coxed by Olly Scrivener. The crew had a strong start and were fighting for places until Cook in his first race caught a monster crab springing his blade from the gate and leaving them to trail behind the field finishing 5th.

The veterans race had P Scrivener, Burrows, Nick Bailey, Jo Johnston coxed by Mary Newcombe competing against a strong Folkestone crew on home water. In a tight race the Dover crew were unable to force their way into the top two places finishing in 3rd place.

Ladies Junior 4 featured Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Newcombe coxed by Burrows. Dover’s crew found themselves in a battle with the three Folkestone boats. After the turn Dover repeatedly clashed blades with the inside Folkestone boat until Dover’s ladies managed to pull clear finishing the race in 5th.

Stothart, Cook, Hadfield, Austin Mills coxed by O Scrivener raced next in the Men’s Novice 4’s. An unfortunate foot injury hampered Cook in this race that featured one of the largest fields of the day leaving the Dover crew coming home in 7th.

Experienced crew of West-Burrows and Johnston competed in the Ladies Senior Pairs. The ladies crew pursued the Shoreham boat from the start and maintained contact after the turn but were unable to overhaul their opponents, finishing 2nd.

Senior Ladies Pairs runners-up Maria West-Burrows and Jo JohnstonLadies Double Sculls Jo Johnston and Mary Newcombe

In the Men’s Junior 4’s Dover had a mixture of Novice and Junior rowers. Stothart, Hall, Hadfield, Mills coxed by O Scrivener worked hard to stay in contention on the outbound leg but lost ground after the turn coming home in 4th.

Chris Price and Hall both qualified for the Junior Sculls final. Hall suffered from being in the previous race and was unable to defend the Keith (Butch) Thomsett Memorial Trophy he won last year coming home in 5th with Price in 7th.

The last race of the day had Johnston and Newcombe compete in the Ladies Double Sculls race. The lead Shoreham boat leapt out to an early lead with Dover’s crew caught in a three way battle for second. The turn proved crucial as Dover lost ground and had to settle for 4th.

Safety First for Dover Rowing Club

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Dover Rowing Club ran a full Capsize Drill on Saturday at Dover Leisure Centre for its members and our friends from Deal, Folkestone and Herne Bay Rowing Clubs. The importance of water safety was emphasised by Dover Captain Tony Burrows in his welcome speech before the rowers were divided into groups to participate a variety of different drills.

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The event activities included:
• Recovery using throw line
• Treading water
• 100 metres swim
• Capsize and recovery
• Buddy rescue

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Well done to everyone one that completed the Capsize Drill. Thanks go to all involved in organising and assisting in the event particularly Jacky Silk, Tony Burrows, Maria West-Burrows, Jo Johnston and the boys in the deep end Thomas Stothart and Chris Hall

Dover Rowers take Medals in Indoor Competitions

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This week saw Dover Rowing Club members involved in international and county indoor rowing competitions. Dover’s diminutive powerhouse Chris Price was in action in the Senior men’s light weight 2km, 30 – 39 years, in the European Indoor Rowing Championships held at Stade Sebastian Charlety, Paris. Price was hoping to improve on his time from the British Championships but found himself off his desired pace. After initially hitting his early split times he fell behind his target finishing in 7 minutes 16.7 seconds, securing 14th place.

Earlier in the week Dover’s Junior section was in action in the Kent School Games. Dover’s DGSB contingent of Cameron Mackintosh, Thomas Stothart, Austin Mills and Chris Hall had qualified 2nd in the relay for the Boys U18 competition, 20m behind the King’s School Canterbury team they had beaten narrowly in 2016. Hall and Mills also qualified for the individual 2km finals with Hall highest placed in 5th. Mary Newcombe qualified in the relay event for the Girls U18 competition in the history making first girls team to represent the Boy’s Grammar School at rowing.

In the finals Hall managed to improve 2 places to take 3rd in a personal best time of 6 minutes 54 seconds with Mills also setting a personal best of 7 minutes and 4 seconds. Stothart, having narrowly missed out on the individual competition final, formed part of the team combined event with Hall and Mills. Stothart posted a personal best time of 7 minutes 8 seconds helping to secure a DGSB victory for the Dover District Team. Newcombe also posted a personal best of 8 minutes 12 seconds in the team combined event with her team to taking 3rd place.

In the relay sprint Mackintosh stepped aside to allow a higher ranked DGSB rower take his place in the team as they looked to overcome the strong King’s team. In the frantic 4 minute race sharp changes and a determined effort saw the DGSB squad complete 1349m securing an 8m winning margin for their 2nd team victory. Newcombe’s relay squad secured their 2nd medal taking 3rd overall.

Dover Rowing Club would like to congratulate all Dover District Rowers for their performances in the Kent School Games.

Dover Rowing Club’s end of season meal and awards ceremony

DRC End of Season Dinner 2016

Dover Rowing Club held their end of season meal and awards ceremony at Cullins Yard. There was a good turnout from the active rowers at the club for the awards that covered both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The Sarah Goodwin Trophy for Most Improved Novice Male Rower was awarded to Robin McCorkell for the 2015 season and Thomas Stothart for 2016. Both young rowers had performed well in Dover’s Novice crews whilst successfully learning to scull to a competitive level. In the Ladies division Most Improved Novice trophy was awarded to Lisa Burnett in 2015 and Mary Newcombe for 2016. Burnett won her two Novice races in successive regattas with different crews whilst Newcombe scored the only win for a novice lady in 2016.

The Cox of the Year Award was presented to Chris Hall for 2015 and Cameron Mackintosh in 2016. Hall, possibly the tallest cox in CARA, drove several crews to victory and worked with new Canterbury Christ Church University crews in training whilst Mackintosh worked to safely develop younger rowers in training and has shown willingness to cox any crew at short notice.

Cameron Mackintosh - Cox of the Year 2016

The Captain’s Award for winner 2015 was David Newman with the 2016 award being shared between Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows. Newman took on the Press Officer role for the Club at the start of the 2015 season. Johnston has worked as Junior Co-ordinator, West-Burrows has taken on the Vice Captain’s role this season and they have both worked hard for the club through the year. Johnston and West-Burrows also took the Club Man Award for 2015 and 2016 respectively for their overall contribution to the club.

David Newman receiving the Captain's award for 2015 from Nick Bailey and Curly GoodwinJo Johnston and Maria West -Burrows recieve the Captain's award for 2016 from Nick Bailey and Curly Goodwin

The popular Rower’s Rower award, the only one selected by club wide vote, was shared between Mackintosh and West-Burrows. The Loyal Supporters award went to Toni and George Burrows and the Dover Regatta Prize was awarded to Ollie Scrivener who coxed his families Men’s Novice Four crew to victory on home water.

George and Toni Burrows with the Loyal Supporters Award

Anyone interested trying out rowing for the first time, or who are looking to return to the sport, should contact Dover Rowing Club using the details on the Club’s website.

Dover RC Compete at the BRIC 2016

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The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club compete at the British Indoor Rowing Championship held at the Lea Valley VeloPark. Dover entered 4 competitors, Chris Price, Guy Hadfield, Chris Hall and Robin McCorkell, and there was also a strong representation from the Coast Amateur Rowing Association in an event featuring several Great Britain Rio Olympic medalists.

First to perform were Price and Hadfield in the Masters 30-39 Light Weight Men’s 2km class. First time competitor Hadfield went off strongly rating at 35 strokes over the first quarter, completing it in 1 minute 41.9 seconds pulling ahead of Price who managed a respectable 1 minute 48.8 seconds. During the mid 1000m Hadfield slowed a little whilst Price maintained consistent splits. Hadfield pushed hard in the last 500m pushing his stroke rate to 36 and finishing off with a 1 minute 43.1 second split to complete the race in a personal best time of 6 minutes and 56 seconds in 10th place. Price improved in his last sector to finish in 7 minutes 13.6 seconds, taking 15th overall.

Chris Hall was next up in the highly competitive Sixth Form Boy’s 2km race. Hall had broken his personal best representing Dover Schools Area in the Kent Schools Games qualifying rounds earlier in the week and completed the first sector in 1 minute 42.3 seconds. He felt his third sector had dropped behind his target for the day but pushed hard in the last 500m to break his personal best finishing in 6 minutes 55.8 seconds, 6th in his heat and 27th overall in one of the largest fields of the day.

The final competitor was McCorkell racing in the Under 23 Men’s 2km. The Gonville and Caius student started comparatively slowly to the rest of the field leaving him in 11th after the first 250m but moved up the field steadily with his first sector split of 1 minute 36.8 seconds. He moved into 5th by 1250m where he entered a battle with a Royal Navy Rower switching between 4th and 5th place. Eventually McCorkell finished 5th in Dover’s fastest time of day, 6 minutes 28.1 seconds.

Dover Rowers complete 24 hour Charity Row in aid of Cancer Research UK and DRC

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Four young Dover RC rowers completed their 24 hour rowing challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK and Dover Rowing Club. Tom Stothart, Cameron Mackintosh, Austin Mills and Chris Hall exceeded their distance challenge by 3320 metres with a grand total of 337,920, the equivalent of 210 miles.

Using a 30 minute rotation they started at 17:00 hours on Friday with Stothart, rowing in memory of his father who he lost to cancer recently up first, Mackintosh then took over with Mills followed by Hall finishing each round. The group set off strongly and received good support from both Dover and Deal Rowing Club members. The early hours brought their own challenges including a short blackout during which Mackintosh had to row torchlight. Having survived the challenges of the night the four rallied as the morning brought fresh food supplies and visitors.

The last rotation saw the Dover Grammar School sixth formers give everything as each in turned finished. Between the four of them they used over 21,000 calories and are very close to achieving their target of £1000 from the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dover-rowingclub and cash donations. They would like to thank everyone who has supported their efforts through help and donations with a special mention to Jacky Silk who stayed overnight and made the challenge possible.

The Charity Row was supported by:

Support Team: Jacky Silk, Mary Newcombe, David Newman and Julie Hall

Food provided by: Alison & Darren Mackintosh and Joy & Tony Whiting

Special mention to Paul Scrivener for the inflatable bed!

24 hour Charity Row by Dover Rowers

Men's Novice 4 - Tom Stothart, Austin Mills, Chris Hall, Cammeron Macintosh, Chris Price (cox)

Dover Rowing Club’s Cameron Mackintosh, Austin Mills, Chris Hall and Tom Stothart will be aiming to complete 334,700 metres which is 208 miles (roughly the distance of London to Manchester) in a 24 hour row from 5pm on Friday 11th until 5pm Saturday 12th November. They will be rowing on a Concept 2 rowing machine and are not allowed to let the flywheel stop spinning at any point.

The Dover Grammar School Boys are donating 2/3 of the money they raise to Cancer Research UK as this charity means a lot to all members of the crew; especially as one of the young rowers has recently lost his father to the illness. The other third will be donated to DRC who are kindly letting them use their facility to complete this challenge. DRC is the oldest rowing club on the South Coast and is a big part of their lives. Donations can be made via JustGiving.com searching Dover Rowing or by using the following web address https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/dover-rowingclub

The sixth formers are aiming to raise £1000 and are very thankful for any donations. The boys welcome you to come down and support them at Dover Rowing Club situated in Dover Sea Sport Centre on the beach.

Chris Price Leads Dover Rowers at Maidstone

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Sunday saw Dover Rowing Club in action on the River Medway in the Maidstone Autumn Head. Dover entered 4 scullers in the competition, Chris Price, Robin McCorkell, Nick Bailey and Jo Johnston. With Dover rowing in their shorter, heavier coastal sculls it was always going to be a challenge racing against the sleeker river boats, but as Price and McCorkell lined up in consecutive places in the Men’s Novice event they were determined to give coastal rowing a good showing. Price started first in the race’s time trial format and started hunting down the rower ahead of him. By the first bridge he had closed on the Gravesend sculler ahead of him and had stretched away from McCorkell. The diminutive Price showed his experience as he passed both the Gravesend and the Globe rowers ahead of him by the 2nd bridge where he easily dealt with the challenging dog leg before laying down the power to finish in 10 min 34 sec. McCorkell in his first outing on the Medway was a little more tentative but caught the Gravesend rower and was closing on the Globe rower who started three time slots ahead of him to finish in 10 min 49 sec. Price’s time was good enough to place 3rd with McCorkell 4th in a competitive division. Had Price been in a river scull it is likely he would have been competing for the win.

Veteran rower Bailey was entered into the Masters F1 category and found himself in the same division as Johnston the sole entrant in the Ladies Novice. Bailey was two time slots behind Johnston and he tried to chase his younger teammate down. Johnston pushed hard to maintain her lead over the wily veteran and by the second bridge it was clear that Johnston was holding her own with Bailey only managing to close the gap slightly. By the end of the course Bailey had moved to 2nd in his category with a time of 11 min 35 sec and Johnston, the defacto winner of her category, finished in 11 min 45 sec; 3rd amongst the adult women rowers beating a number of intermediate rowers on the day.

Good performances from Dover crews at the 60th South Coast Rowing Championship

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Saturday saw Dover Rowing Club in competition at the 60th annual South Coast Rowing Championship held at Herne Bay. Dover mustered four crews in the open competitions with the Ladies Junior 4’s in action first. The crew of Emily Harvey, Lizzie Foley, Maria West-Burrows, Petra Matthews-Crow coxed by Jo Johnston were drawn in the 2nd semi-final. Rowing in good conditions they found the Itchen Imperial and Shoreham crews too strong on the straight 2km course leaving the Dover Ladies towards the back of the field. Despite their best efforts they were unable to improve on 5th place.
In the Men’s Open Junior race Dover had three Novice DGSB rowers rowing up a division, Cameron Mackintosh, Austin Mills, Tom Stothart, with Junior Chris Hall coxed by Megan Barter. An excellent start was ruined after another crew was called for a false start. The re-start didn’t go Dover’s way leaving them in the back of the field in their semi final. Working hard the young crew kept in touch but were unable to run down the four crews ahead of them who crossed the line in a blanket finish.
With the first two crews failing to reach the finals it fell to the Men’s Novice of Michael Scales, Mills, Stothart, Mackintosh coxed by Hall to put in Dover’s best performance. A tight start saw the novices in the mix for the first 700m when Stothart developed a problem with his footplate. Despite the problem the crew kept fighting to stay with the leaders coming in 4th overall.
In Dover’s last race the Veteran 40+ Open Final saw a late name change bring West-Burrows into the bow position with Paul Scrivener, Nick Bailey, Tony Burrows coxed by Barter. The Dover crew found themselves at the back of the field a situation that wasn’t helped by the safety boat accidentally swamping young Barter. The veteran crew put together a solid performance as they trailed in a little off the pace in 4th.

Three third places for Dover at Folkestone Regatta

Chris Hall Chrissy Purvis (cox), Victor Evans, Nick Bailey, Tony Burrows, Paul Scrivener Jen Jordan, Maria West-Burrows, Chrissy Purvis, Petra Matthews-Crow, Jo Johnston (Cox) Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows

Sunday saw Dover Rowing Club in action at Folkestone Regatta. The day started in perfect conditions with Dover having 5 competitors in the Novice Sculls heats. Tom Stothart and Paul Scrivener qualified comfortably whilst Cameron Mackintosh narrowly missed out finishing in 5th. Harry Platts and Tony Burrows were further back after poor starts. The final was a very different affair raced in challenging conditions with a heavy wave taking out Stothart. Scrivener fought hard but was overhauled in the last 500m and dropped to 4th place.

The Ladies Double Sculls event saw Dover entering two crews with Jo Johnston and Mary Newcombe racing Maria West-Burrows and Megan Barter. Johnston/Newcombe got off to the better start and were competing with the leading crews whilst West-Burrows/Barter fought for the lower points places. From the turn Johnson/Newcombe fell away from the leaders finishing in 4th with West-Burrows/Barter missing out on points in 8th.

The Senior Men’s Four race saw Dover racing for the 1st time this season; Scrivener, Nick Bailey, Guy Hadfield, Tony Burrows with Chrissy Purvis coxing. Dover’s crew fell behind in a very competitive field and were unable to close down the field after the turn, coming home 8th. The Ladies Junior Four saw Jen Jordan, West-Burrows, Purvis, Petra Matthews-Crow coxed by Johnston jump to a great start finding them in 2nd as they approached the buoy turn. On the return leg the Southsea crew on the outside stormed past leaving the Dover crew in 3rd position which they held despite a late charge from Folkestone.

Men’s Junior Sculls again saw heats with Chris Price in the first race failing to qualify. Chris Hall and Robin McCorkell comfortably qualified for the final with McCorkell crossing in 2nd. The later final saw McCorkell capsize on the outward leg and Hall narrowly avoiding him in the water thanks to a warning from another racer. Hall worked hard to recover from the disrupted start to take the buoy in 4th place but was unable to improve his position.

The Ladies Senior Pairs featured West-Burrows and Johnston. The race settled out into a battle for 3rd for the Dover crew as West-Burrows with her knee heavily strapped began to struggle from the turn, but the pair determinedly held off the chasing Deal boat to maintain 3rd place.

The Novice Men’s Four saw the DGSB boys crew of Michael Scales, Austin Mills, Stothart, Mackintosh coxed by Newcombe on the water. The crew was 2nd off the line and were close on the heels of the lead boat until it executed a brilliant turn taking the Dover boat out of contention. On the home run Southsea on the outside again found a faster run leaving Dover battling Folkestone at the end for 3rd with the Dover boys just holding on.

McCorkell and Hall were Dover’s entrants in the Men’s Junior Pairs. The normally reliable crew had a terrible start and things got worse at the turn as Hall’s blade caught under the buoy leaving them trailing home in 8th.

The open Veteran 50+ Fours saw Scrivener, Dixon (Shoreham), Bailey, Johnston coxed by Purvis give a battling performance. The scratch crew performed well coming home 4th.
The Men’s Junior Senior Four saw Price, McCorkell, Hadfield, Hall coxed by Newcombe get off to a good start level with the leading crews in choppy conditions. The experience of the other crews showed over the new Dover combination as they eased away heading for the turns. Dover secured the 4th spot out of the turns and held off Herne Bay on the return run.

Newcombe and Barter entered the Ladies Junior Pairs as the conditions worsened. The Astor girls struggled as they were thrown around in the rough seas and were unable to hold off the Deal crew in the last 200m leaving them in 4th.

The Men’s Junior Four of Platts, Stothart, Hadfield, Hall coxed by Mackintosh competed in one of the largest fields of the day. With spray flying from the blades all the crews battled the conditions from the start. The Dover boys fought their way through the field to contend for the higher points finish coming out of the turns in 4th but were unable to close down the 3rd placed crew on the run to the line.

The final race of the day was the Veteran 40+ Fours featuring Scrivener, Burrows, Bailey and Victor Evans coxed by Purvis. A solid performance saw the older crew finish out Dover’s day with another 4th.