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.


Dover Rowing Club Annual General Meeting 2017 (Notice given at the 2016 AGM)

Venue:  Meeting Room, Ground Floor, Sea Sports Centre

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017
Time: 7.30pm SHARP


All Members are urged to attend

If you have any business you would like to be considered at the A.G.M., then please put details in writing to the Committee c/o The Hon Secretary by Thursday 28th September for consideration.  Agenda, previous minutes etc will be sent out approx 1 week prior to the meeting.

A notice for Election of Club Officials and Committee Members will be on display at the Clubhouse on the door by the Gym area in due course.

Thank you

Hon Secretary

business to be considered…

either in writing to the committee c/o The Hon Secretary, Dover Rowing Club, Seasports Centre, Esplanade, Dover, Kent. CT17 9FS or via e-mail to

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.

Weather cuts short Southsea Regatta leaving Dover rowers frustrated.

Southsea Regatta, the traditional competition between the Coast Amateur Rowing Association clubs and those from the Hants and Dorset division, ended prior to the completion of most finals due to deteriorating sea conditions.

For Dover Rowing Club there was frustration as none of their finals were completed. With recent seasons being blessed with generally good conditions this has been a challenging year.  Disruption caused by strong winds has led to three regattas being curtailed with a further five cancelled on their original scheduled dates. This weekend will see Dover RC competing at the rearranged Worthing regattas, as ever weather permitting!

Stothart takes first sculling prize as Dover toil in the sun

The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club in action in Herne Bay and Folkestone Regattas. In generally good but hot conditions Dover struggled to make the impact they had hoped for. The Men’s Junior Pairs crew of Tom Stothart and Chris Hall were unable to repeat their win from Deal after having technical issues with their boat on both days leaving them disappointed in 7th and 10th place.

1 Junior Pairs Start2 Hall Stothart3 Hall StothartTom Stothart
There was frustration at Herne Bay for the Novice Scullers after T Stothart and Tony Burrows qualified for the final only for the race to be cancelled as water depth prevented the safety boats from operating. The next day saw Burrows and Paul Scrivener fail to qualify with only Stothart coming through. Young Stothart, nicknamed ‘Topsy Turvy Tom’ at the Club for his habit of capsizing last season, got off to a great start and was in a battle for 1st on the outward leg. After the turn he fell a few lengths behind and finished in 2nd with a similar leading margin over the 3rd placed sculler and securing his first sculling prize.
The Ladies Double Sculls suffered the same fate as the Men’s Novice Sculls on the Saturday. Sunday saw the normal crews flipped with Jo Johnston and Rebecca Stothart competing against Maria West-Burrows and Mary Newcombe. The experiment didn’t end well with the West-Burrows/Newcombe pairing unable to finish due to illness and Johnston/Stothart coming home 7th.

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The J14 Quad Sculls race saw the same crew compete both days, Will Crickson, R. Stothart, Ty Young, George Burrows coxed by Johnston took on older crews both days. At Herne Bay the youngsters showed improvement as they remained competitive further into the 1000m race dropping away around the 600m mark. Working hard they maintained a good rate to finish 5th, 3 lengths ahead of the 6th placed crew. Day 2 the young scullers fought hard to improve to 4th overall at the finish.
Ladies Open Sculls saw Johnston chase down the faster starting Shoreham sculler on the outbound leg at Herne Bay as both competitors found the Folkestone sculler too strong. Johnston was neck and neck on the return leg fighting to the line finishing 3rd; a result she repeated at Folkestone. The Men’s Junior Sculls saw Hall and Chris Price in action, Hall racing from lane 5 with Price pushed out to the unfavoured 10th lane. At the turn Hall came out in 4th with Price two places back. Neither sculler was able to improve their position on the return leg. At Folkestone only Hall competed. With a good outward leg Hall had hopes of a top two placing but was forced to defend his line at the buoy as a rival tried to force him wide. The turn cost Hall as he found himself dropping behind the two leading boats whilst working to hold off a pursuing sculler, leaving him to come in 3rd.

Chris Hall Jo Johnston
Veteran rower Nick Bailey was without a crew at Herne Bay so entered the Senior Sculls race. Giving at least 20 years to his opponents Nick battled bravely coming home 9th. In Folkestone Nick was joined by Scrivener, Chrissy Purvis and Andrew ‘Oily’ Bryant who were coxed by Newcombe in the Veteran 40+. The crew found the competition tough going, finding themselves dropping back in the pack turning in 6th place. The return leg saw the Dover crew unable improve on their position. In the Veteran 50+ Scrivener, Bailey and Bryant were joined by Shoreham’s Jim Dixon coxed by Purvis. With two crews breaking clear early on Dover’s Vet crew found themselves in a 3 way battle culminating in a tight finish, coming 4th.
Dover’s Ladies Junior Fours at Folkestone featured Jen Jordan, Purvis, West-Burrows, Newcombe coxed by Johnston. They pushed into 4th place at 500m and maintained their poise under pressure at the turn but came under increasing pressure in the last 200m only to drop to 5th on the last stroke.

Following two 2nd places the Senior Ladies Pair of Johnston and West-Burrows were hopeful of repeating those performances. Herne Bay saw a stronger field leaving the Dover crew pushed down by the turns. There was disappointment for the pairing as they finished 6th. At Folkestone they had regrouped and pushed hard from the start. Turning in 4th they entered a tight battle in the return but were just pipped at the finish line.

Bailey, Newcombe, T Stothart, Burrows, Hall, Price, R Stothart, Johnston, West-Burrows Tom Stothart (2)

Tom Stothart takes maiden CARA win

Last weekend saw Dover Rowing Club competing at the Deal regatta in typically challenging coastal conditions. Jo Johnston and Maria West-Burrows, first on the water in the Ladies Senior Pairs, got off the line in fine style, taking the initial lead. As the race progressed Worthing took control and Dover dropped to 3rd coming to the 2nd turn. A heavy collision between the Shoreham and Folkestone crews meant Dover were able to secure 2nd place at the finish.


The young J14 quad sculls crew of Will Crickson, Rebecca Stothart, Ty Young, George Burrows with Tom Stothart as cox found conditions difficult against the older crews in the straight race. Working hard they remained competitive in the early stages before dropping to 6th on the run into the line.
Men’s Junior Sculls had Chris Hall and Chris Price battle heavily . Hall got off to a good start moving with the lead scullers whilst Price struggled to make early headway. After the first turn Hall was in a 3 way battle for 3rd with Price fighting for the minor places. Hall was third at the 2nd turn and was able to hold position despite the strong challenge from the 4th place sculler. Price coming home 8th.
The Ladies Junior Four of Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, West-Burrows, Mary Newcombe coxed by Tony Burrows were mid field over the start line and had to work hard on the outward leg. Approaching the second buoy the Dover crew were 4th and over a length behind the Deal but a determined challenge saw them close down Deal to level pegging; only missing out by less than a canvas at the line.

The Vet 40’s saw returning Jo Woods at bow, Johnston, West-Burrows, T. Burrows with Newcombe coxing get a slow start leaving them in a hole as they chased the field. Working well together the crew pushed hard throughout the race turning 4th out of the second turn to hold their position to the finish.
With conditions worsening T. Stothart and Hall took to the water for the Men’s Junior Pairs. Dover were 2nd off the start and avoided some of the chaos of clashing blades behind them. The Dover boys pushed through the Bexhill boat to lead at the 1st turn where they kicked on through the middle of the race taking several lengths lead to the 2nd turn. Picking their way through crews heading the opposite direction the youngsters came safely home for their first league win together. This was Stothart’s first win after being runner up in a number of races. The win also help secure Dover’s second place in the Men’s Junior Aggregate competition.
The Men’s Novice 4 launched through huge breaking waves as Ollie Hurrel, Toby Scrivener, Guy Hadfield, T. Stothart coxed by Ollie Scrivener sought a novice win on Stothart’s last opportunity as his earlier win promotes him to Junior status. Despite a strong first few strokes the crew slipped to 3rd in the first quarter of the race behind a composite crew and Worthing. Between the turns they progressed to 2nd and, although Hadfield’s seat derailed at the 2nd turn, they chased down Worthing, piling on the pressure, but narrowly missing out by a canvas in the end.
Johnston found herself facing her Worthing nemesis for the first time this season in the Ladies Open Sculls. Johnson found herself in 3rd after the first 100m but rowed through the Deal sculler to move into pursuit of Worthing’s former international. Keeping in contention through the first turn before steadily losing ground and securing runner up at the finish.

Vet fours 50+ race saw Paul Scrivener, Burrows, Nick Bailey, Andrew ‘Oily’ Bryant coxed by Purvis . With the swell deepening the veteran rowers battled for the lead off the line. The rowers struggled to match the leading two boats after the first turn and came under heavy challenge as they battled to hold on to 3rd place against the Deal crew. The fighting spirit in the crew saw them hold on to their place by half a length.
Burrows and T. Stothart both qualified for the Novice Sculls final by finishing 4th in their respective heats. The final was in worse conditions and simple launching was dangerous. A tired looking Stothart struggled from the start whilst T. Burrows pushed to be in the mix. By the second turn Burrows was 6th and Stothart 7th. Burrows put in a late push in pursuit of the Southsea sculler, closing him down and taking him on the line by the smallest margin to take 5th.
The Scrivener family entered the Men’s Junior Fours with three rowing above their status. Paul, Neil, Toby, Tim, with Ollie coxing found the going tough against the more experienced crews. They were unable to break into the points places coming home 9th.

Dover’s final race saw Johnston / Newcombe and West-Burrows / R Stothart competing in the Ladies Double Sculls. West-Burrows / Stothart had the best start taking the early lead before Shoreham and then Johnston / Newcombe rowed through them. Johnston / Newcombe pushed Shoreham hard down the return leg but were unable to repeat their victory from the Dover Regatta as they came home 2nd whilst West-Burrows / Stothart came home 6th.


Johnston leads Dover rowers at our home regatta

Sunday saw Dover Rowing Club’s Regatta held in glorious conditions within Dover Harbour. Despite the works currently taking place the regatta was over the full course, thanks to the assistance of Dover Harbour Board.
The first race saw the Dover J14 crew of Will Crickson, Rebecca Stothart, Ty Young, George Burrows coxed by Tom Stothart in their first ever race. The youngsters worked hard against older crews as they fought for 2nd place before eventually settling for an excellent 3rd.

J14 R. Stothart, G. Burrows, T. Stothart (cox), W. Crickson, T. YoungIMG_0798
Dover’s Men’s Novice Four were the next crew to race. Jon Cook, Toby Scrivener, Guy Hadfield, T Stothart coxed by Cameron Mackintosh got a great start and soon locked in pursuit of the strong Bexhill four. The novices were unable to close the gap at the buoy turn so they pursued Bexhill on the return leg, but were unable to overhaul them coming in comfortably 2nd.
The Ladies Open Sculls saw Jo Johnston, Lizzie Foley and Antonia Reed competing. The race was dominated by the Folkestone Sculler from the off which left the Dover rowers fighting within the pack for 2nd. The Scullers were all close at the turn but as they rowed the return leg they fell to the middle of the field; Johnston finishing 4th, Foley 5th and Reed 8th.
Ladies Novice Four saw Claire Beaumont, Reed, Jodie Lott, Amy Lewington coxed by Mary Newcombe. A slow start saw the ladies towards the back of the race and, although the crew fought on to try and improve their position turning in 7th, they were unable to improve their placing on the return leg.
Men’s Junior Sculls saw Chris Hall and Chris Price competing. An eventful start saw Hall having to stop after a collision blocked his path leading him having to chase the field. Price’s start was more straightforward and he led Hall through the mid course buoys but was overhauled at the turn by the younger rower. Both scullers were unable to break into the top three on their return runs and had to settle for 4th and 5th respectively.
A strong and experienced crew competed in the Open Veteran Fours 50+ race; Johnston, Tony Burrows, Nick Bailey, Andrew ‘Oily’ Bryant coxed by Foley. Dover’s crew shot off to an early lead holding off Herne Bay’s boat. They turned first but came under pressure in the first half the return leg where Herne Bay rowed through, leaving Dover to take 2nd place.
The Men’s Novice Sculls saw three Dover rowers enter the qualifying heats. In heat one T. Stothart rowed a controlled race to maintain a qualifying position and conserve energy coming home 4th. In the second heat Mackintosh and T Burrows both struggled to maintain qualifying positions finishing 7th and 8th respectively. In the final Stothart was in the mix on the outward leg before falling back after the turns to finish 6th.

IMG_0756 Ladies Senior Pairs- Maria West-Burrows and Jo Johnston
The Ladies Senior Pairs crew of Johnston and Maria West-Burrows found themselves in a straight battle with a strong Shoreham pairing from the off. Dover’s crew quickly fell into chase mode with Shoreham maintaining their early advantage. After the turn they tried to apply pressure but found Shoreham too strong.
The Men’s Junior Pairs saw T. Stothart and Hall in action again. The pair had a good start and were in the fight with the leading crews. At the buoys the Dover boat turned 2nd with three other boats on their heels. In the dash back the lead boat consolidated their advantage while the Dover crew dropped to 3rd at the line.

Ladies Junior 4 - Lizzie Foley, Chrissy Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Mary Newcombe IMG_0785
Ladies Junior Fours crew of Foley, Chrissy Purvis, West-Burrows, Newcombe with Johnston as cox had a rough ride from the start. With a large field crews bunched to get a clear run through the mid course buoys. The ladies found themselves clashing blades with two crews before being hit at the turn leaving them in 9th on the return. A clear run and rowing strong and long saw the Dover crew row through 5 boats to secure 4th place in a very challenging race.
With 3 novice rowers making up the Men’s Junior 4’s boat it was going to be a challenge for the crew to be competitive. Cook, Scrivener, T. Stothart, Hall coxed by Johnston had a good start and were in the middle of the field on the outbound leg. It was only in the last quarter that their challenge fell away leaving them in 6th.

Men's Junior 4 - Jo Johnston (cox), Chris Hall, Tom Stothart, Toby Scrivener, Jon Cook Ladies Double Sculls - Rebecca Stothart, Maria West-Burrows
Dover left the best to last as they put out three crews in the Ladies Double Sculls. Regular crew of Johnston/Newcombe were competing with new pairings of West-Burrows/R. Stothart and Lott/Reed. Johnston/Newcombe in the outside lane went out strongly with West-Burrows and J14 Stothart also moving toward the front of the field. Johnston/Newcombe turned first and found themselves racing a ferry back across the harbour as they completed an excellent day for Johnston taking the win by several lengths. West-Burrows/Stothart completed a points finish in 6th place with Lott/Reed all smiles as they finished 7th.

IMG_0839Ladies Double Sculls winners - Jo Johnston and Mary Newcombe

Dover Rowing Club would like to than its sponsors and supporting organisations:
A&S Self Storage Ltd, Andy Tibbles – A.T. Garage Services, Dover Marine Services Ltd, Dover Sea Sports Centre, Dover Water Sports, K.R. Gavin Removals, Kent Stonemason, Mariner III – Malcolm, Sharp and Enright, Riverside Catering Services, David Newman & Julie Hall,Mrs J.M. Bailey, Mr N.J. Bailey, Best Godmother Ever, George & Toni Burrows, Mr N.J. Cooke, Mr W Darlington, Mr K.C. Goodwin, Mr G Johnings, Mrs M Johnings, Mrs M. Squibb, Jane Forryan, Mr R Purvis, Mr C Townley, Miss S Walmsley-Preece, R Newcombe.

Press Coverage: Dover Express and East Kent Mercury

Thanks to Dover Harbour Board and Dover Lifeguards Club for their cooperation

Hall takes second in challenging conditions at Hastings

IMG_0564Chris Hall fighting the rough conditions

The weekend saw Dover Rowing Club in action in Bexhill for the Hastings and Bexhill Regattas. Conditions for the Hastings regatta were extremely challenging and the event was cancelled after 9 events. The only Dover Rowers to race were Chris Price and Chris Hall in the Men’s Junior Sculls. Price, a light weight rower, struggled to make progress and abandoned early, whilst Hall pushed on making the turn in 3rd place despite waves breaking over his shoulder. Hall then caught a runner out of the turn pushing him a length ahead of the home rower, an advantage that he maintained to secure 2nd place.

The Bexhill Regatta, on Sunday, had calm conditions throughout the day. Dover’s first crew to compete was the Men’s Junior 4’s featuring disabled rower Jon Cook in his first CARA regatta where he rowed with Austin Mills, Tom Stothart, Hall and Jo Johnston coxing. The crew, containing 3 novice rowers, competed well and overhauled a number of crews after a slow start. At the turn the crew moved into 4th place which they comfortably held to the finish.
Hall’s Junior Sculls race was not without incident. The young rower was preparing to make his push with 400m to go when the rower in front of him capsized forcing him to stop and manoeuvre around and leaving him in 5th overall. Hall then raced with Stothart in the Men’s Junior Pairs but issues with a foot plate slowed them off the start leaving them chasing the field. By the buoy they were battling for third with the Herne Bay pair on their inside. The race was neck and neck with the boys missing out finishing in fourth.
Dover’s Ladies Junior 4’s crew was Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Mary Newcombe coxed by Johnson. The Dover boat got off to a fine start from an outside lane and shadowed the strong Shoreham crew until the turns where Shoreham extended their lead with Dover 2nd away from the buoys. The tougher outside water gradually took its toll as the ladies crew could not hold off the boats on their inside dropping back to 4th by the finish.

Junior Men's Four Jon Cook, Austin Mills, Tom Stothart, Chris Hall and Jo Johnson (cox) Ladies Junior 4 - Jen Jordan, Chrissy Purvis, Maria West-Burrows, Mary Newcombe and Jo Johnson (Cox)
Dover’s Ladies Senior Pair of West-Burrows and Johnson were surprised by the quality of their field as they struggled to make headway on the outbound leg leaving them in 7th after the turn and despite their best efforts were unable to improve their position. Johnson was Dover’s last Rower on the water as she competed in the Ladies Single Sculls. Johnson, who had campaigned for this event to return to full CARA status, got off to an excellent start battling a younger Shoreham opponent for the lead. Disaster struck at the 800m mark as Johnson capsized gifting the race to the Shoreham sculler. Johnson regained her poise and set off in pursuit of the other scullers moving up to 3rd after the turn but was unable to row down the 2nd place competitor.

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.