Autumn Head Races

Autumn Long Distance Sculling Head Races

Each Autumn on the Thames and South East a number of sculling ‘Head’ races take place. These are time trials over courses varying in time from about 15 to 20 minutes.

The emphasis is on single sculling as if you are effective in a single, you are quite likely to also be in a crew boat.

We have selected a number of events that are good to row in, easy to watch and cycle along side.

You will need to be a member of British Rowing for us to enter you, so if you are not please can you join soon.

These events fill up fast (there can be 500 entries) so you will need to let us know in advance.

Maidstone is very suitable for juniors, and we will prioritise boats for juniors here. Most of the Thames events include crew sculling categories, so if your single sculling is not strong enough we will still try to get you on the water.

As a rough rule of thumb, if you can single scull independently and continuously to the lock gates and back, then you will be able to complete the course at Maidstone.

If you can scull independently, continuously and at a pressure for a lap of the river then you should be fine to enter other events in a single.

Maidstone Autumn Small Boats Head Sunday 2nd October

Burway Small Boats Head Saturday 8th October

Weybridge Silver Sculls Saturday 22nd October

Henley Sculls Head Saturday 5th November

Fours Head (Advanced) Saturday 12th November

Hampton Small Boats Head (Juniors only) Saturday 19th November

Walton Small Boats Head Saturday 10th December

Regattas 2016

British Rowing Indoor Champs success for Shoreham

On Saturday 12th December a small contingent of Shoreham rowers travelled to the Lee Valley VeloPark, home to the 2o12 Olympic cycling events to take on the British Rowing Indoor Championships – and came away with fantastic results – 1 gold medal, 2 bronze medals and 2 personal bests.

First up was Charlotte Pigg, racing in the women’s 30-39 2k category. An impressively strong performance saw her storm through the finish line way ahead of the other competitors to take the gold medal and be crowned British champion.

Charlotte Pigg (centre) collecting her gold medal. Credit - Naomi Baker

Charlotte Pigg (centre) collecting her gold medal. Credit – Naomi Baker

Other medals came from Sarah Faith, with a bronze in the women’s 30-39 Lightweight category after a nail-biting last push for the finish took her within 0.2 seconds of the silver, and a fantastic bronze for Max Huxtable in the men’s open lightweight competition. The latter had a storming start, matching the eventual winner GB rower Richard Chambers stroke for stroke over the first 500m. Unable to maintain the pace set by the full-time GB athlete, Max would eventually take the bronze medal;  an impressive performance against one of the nation’s best lightweight rowers.

Medallists Sarah Faith and Charlotte Pigg celebrate

Medallists Sarah Faith and Charlotte Pigg celebrate


Max Huxtable (right) collects his well-earned Bronze medal

Max Huxtable (right) collects his well-earned Bronze medal

Max's moment of fame...

Max’s moment of fame…

There were impressive performances from Tom Faith and Cian Kennedy, recording personal bests in the Men’s 30-39 and 40-49 categories respectively, and from Phoebe Mercer in the Year 11 girls competition.

British Rowing Indoor Championships 2015 - credit Naomi Baker

British Rowing Indoor Championships 2015 – credit Naomi Baker

Full results can be found at:

Regatta 2015

Thanks to Adur East Lions Club!

Shoreham RC extends a very warm thank you to the Adur East Lions Club, who have generously donated £1,000 to the club to enable us to buy a new ergo for winter training this year. With a successful 2015 season, and more and more adults and juniors training at the club the much-needed new equipment will hopefully lead to even more wins in 2016.

The Adur East Lions Club paid a visit to the club to present the cheque, and on a glorious Friday evening were treated to a tour of our facilities, a chance to try out our existing ergos, as well as an opportunity to get a glimpse into life on the water with Shoreham rowers taking a few of the Lions members for a spin around the harbour. #Roarsome!



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It was fantastic to meet such an enthusiastic group of people, and SRC looks forward to being able to support the Adur East Lions’ events over the coming year.


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:

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!



2015 CARA Regatta List Released

Time to get excited about coastal rowing again! CARA have released the regatta list for 2015… we’ll be making the regatta info pages on the site soon, these will give directions and locations for all the races.

This year we will be running Shoreham and Brighton and Hove Regattas again and have a date in May agreed for this… best get organising and fundrasing then… speaking of which, potential sponsors will be praised, loved and revered by our Sponsorship team which is gallantly led by George Bliss –



Saturday      11th            Viking Shield Regatta to be held at Deal   ……  (starting at 09.00hrs)



Saturday       16th           Hastings Regatta. (at Bexhill )  ( 10.30hrs start)   inc Junior Events

Sunday         17th            Bexhill  Regatta.                       ( 10.00hrs start)        inc Junior Events

Saturday       23rd           Shoreham  Regatta.                  ( 10.00hrs  start )      inc Junior Events

Sunday         24th            Brighton & Hove Regatta.       ( 10.30hrs  start)       inc Junior Events



Saturday       6th             Worthing  Regatta.                  ( 11.00hrs  start )  inc Junior Events

Sunday         7th              Worthing Town  Regatta.       ( 11.30hrs  start )  inc Junior Events

Saturday      20th            Eastbourne  Regatta.              ( 11.00hrs  start )   inc Junior Events

Saturday      27th            Dover Regatta.                         (10.30hrs  start )    inc Junior Events

Sunday         28th           Folkestone Regatta.                 ( 11.00hrs start )   inc Junior Events    




Saturday      11th            Southsea  Regatta.                    ( 10.00hrs start )  inc Junior Events

Saturday      18th           Herne Bay Regatta.                  ( 12.00hrs start ) inc Junior Events

Sunday        19th            Deal  Regatta.                            ( 10.30hrs  start )  inc Junior Events



Sunday        16th          C.A.R.A.  Regatta.  ( Bexhill )   (10.15hrs start )      inc  Junior Events

Sunday        23rd         C.A.R.A.  Row-off`s  at either  Bexhill or  Folkestone



Saturday      12th           South Coast Championships at WIMBLEBALL ( 10.00hrs start )

Sunday        13th             South Coast Junior & Small Boat Regatta at WIMBLEBALL.

Saturday      19th            C.A.R.A.  Umpires Commission Meeting  at Bexhill.

Saturday      26th             C.A.R.A.  Presentation Dinner and Dance.  (Battle)

Regatta 2015

Bexhill Rowers take on the Atlantic

Good luck to our friends from Bexhill Rowing Club, Phil McCorry & Dan Renner who are 2 days into their attempt to row across the Atlantic unaided.

Phil_web Dan (left) and Phil (right) testing out their boat, the ‘Bexhill College Endeavour’

The boys left Gran Canaria at lunchtime on Sunday 9th November and are hoping to row the 2600 nautical miles to make land in the Caribbean in less than 45 days, with the aim to beat the current World Record. Even without breaking the record the row will be a fantastic achievement for the duo.

The boys are not just trying to beat a record, their row is also fundraising for a very worthy local charity – the Talking Trust and St Mary’s Special School & College, Bexhill. The Talking Trust and St Mary’s is non-profit organisation, registered charity number 307021. It has been set up to raise the profile of communication disability in children and young people and to provide services to meet their needs.

You can track the boys’ progress live at: or

Add your support by donating to their chosen charity:

Everyone at Shoreham RC wishes Dan & Phil a successful, enjoyable  and most importantly safe journey across the Atlantic. We’ll be following you every stroke of the way!


Read more about the row at:


Shoreham fly at Docklands Head

This weekend Shoreham took on the river clubs in London at Docklands Head, and what we originally thought would see us pitted against the river boys, instead turned out to be a coastal battle, with the main competition for Shoreham crews coming from Deal and Bexhill.

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5 river singles on the top of the trailer…a Shoreham record?

Shoreham quite literally flew along the course along the side of London City Airport, with wins coming in (despite some malfunctioning feet) the WIM3 4+ of Sally, Gemma, Sarah P & Sarah B, WNov 4+ of Debbie, Gemma, Pigg & Sally, Men’s IM3 4+ of Mike, James T, Adam & Tom and Sarah B in the WIM3 1x.

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WIM3 4+ ‘flying’ down the side of London City Airport…

Our WJ16 quad of Ezra, Phoebe, Beth & Isobel unfortunately had no opposition in their category but had a great race together, and we’re sure Tom and Adam in the men’s IM3 2- would have smashed it were it not for a bolt shearing off leading to the boys unexpectedly having to swap bow-stroke for the race.

Beth and Phoebe also had great races, both inexperienced racing in singles they rose to the challenge to push all the way to the finish line.

Hats off also to Charlotte Rose, who having never coxed ever before in her life, took to the water with the WIM3 4+. She looked terrified but did fabulously well…and came home with a pot! Not a bad effort for her first coxing outing.

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Shoreham WINNERS!

Thanks to Poplar, Blackwall & District Rowing Club for the fab organisation and for arranging for the wind to go away and the sun to come out for the day. Much appreciated!

Full results can be found at: