2015 CARA season gets off to a bumpy start

The 2015 CARA season got off to a bumpy start this weekend. High winds and higher waves cancelled Hastings regatta on Saturday, and forced an early finish for Bexhill Regatta on Sunday.

Despite the conditions Shoreham crews performed well. Taking advantage of the calmer water at the start of the day the Girls’ J16 quad of Delphi Coombs, Ezra Hulme, Phoebe Mercer and Beth Buchanan, coxed by Becky Povey took an emphatic victory in their first race of the season over nearest rivals Deal.

It was also business as usual for Shoreham’s Ladies’ Senior Pair of Sally Hills and Sarah Bareham, continuing their unbeaten streak by winning their first race of 2015.  A great row from the newly formed pair of Charlotte Pigg & Gemma Stoner to take third also showed their potential this season.

In the worsening conditions, the men’s junior pair of James Tilley & James Mouland had an eventful race but rowed well together to take the second place behind a tidy-looking Deal crew. And despite the breaking waves and having to bail water out with a shoe at the start, the Ladies Senior Four of Sally Hills, Charlotte Pigg, Gemma Stoner & Sarah Bareham, coxed by Becky Povey started their 2015 CARA campaign with a win, rowing through Bexhill at the turns.

It was great to see a return of the legendary Shoreham spirit – with plenty of helpers getting boats in and out of the waves, and some VERY loud cheering at prizegiving.  It was also especially good to see rival clubs helping each other out as the conditions got worse.

A special mention goes to Shoreham’s novice ladies of Louize Kinsella, Ellie Catherall, Emma Bortnik and Ellie Hipkiss, who were not only racing for the first time, but also rowing at sea for the first time in possibly the worst water of the day. Despite some equipment failure round the turns the girls rowed well to cope with the conditions – and to arrive back at the finish with their sense of humour still intact! Well done!

After half the Vet 50+ crews weren’t able to make it back afloat, the regatta was called to an end with four races left to go.

A big congratulations to all Shoreham crews who took part – and for the novices who didn’t get to race – don’t worry, your time to shine will come! Bring on Shoreham & Brighton regattas this weekend!



Welcoming Neil Oxley Aggregate Supplies as Shoreham Regatta sponsor 2015

We’re delighted to announce Neil Oxley Aggregate Supplies as the main sponsor of Shoreham Regatta 2015.


Neil Oxley is a local business based in Shoreham-by-Sea, supplying sand and gravel to trade and DIY customers. Based on Shoreham Wharf, Neil Oxley are a small, friendly, and reliable business which has been trading since 1989 with over 30 years’ experience in the industry.

The nnual regatta is taking place on Saturday 23rd May, at Beach Green, Shoreham. Attended by 10 Kent & Sussex coastal clubs from Southsea to Herne Bay as part of the CARA league, racing takes place over a 2km course with a mid-race buoy turn and is very hotly contested! With up to 12 boats in each race (and often bumpy sea conditions), the regatta makes for exciting viewing and Shoreham RC will be providing refreshments on the beach. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all spectators.

All of us at Shoreham RC would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Neil Oxley for their generous sponsorship. and we look forward to being able to win a few home races for you!


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Shoreham juniors take on the JIRR 2015

A big congratulations to Shoreham’s Phoebe Mercer and Beth Buchanan, who were selected to race for the Wessex region at the Junior Inter-Regional Regatta at Holme Pierrpont, Nottingham on Sat 25th April 2015.

The Shoreham girls joined forces with Abigail Little and Charlie Cooper from Bexhill ARC to race in the J16 coxless four, and despite a limited amount of training time, and having never raced a coxless four before, we’re proud to say the girls rose to the occasion.



Gusty wind conditions made for a tough start and a difficult first race,  but the four found their stride as they lined up for the B final later in the day – rowing beautifully together to not only claim  a fantastic second place, but to also knock a whopping 55secs off their heat time!

Well done to all four of you!

Full results from the JIRR 2015 can be found at: http://jirr.britishrowing.org/

Regatta 2015

SRC launches our new four – the Fruits de Mer!

Shoreham Rowing Club celebrated the launch of our brand new coastal four a couple of weeks ago, the result of an extremely generous, and much-appreciated donation from local Shoreham business Monteum, which runs the fishmongers La Poisonnerie on Brighton Road.




Jim Partridge, Monteum/La Poisonnerie owner and one of Shoreham’s honorary vice-presidents was our VIP guest for the day and on hand to name the new boat, Fruits de Mer, with help from his grandchildren.

We’re excited about the opportunities our new four brings to our racing crews, and in being another much-needed quad for our enthusiastic and growing junior squads.

Again, we extend our heartfelt thanks to Jim for donating the new boat and we can’t wait to get her racing soon….let’s hope no-one rowing her catches a crab!