Shoreham are 2014 CARA Champions!

Shoreham RC had a lot to celebrate at the 2014 End of Season Dinner & Dance as our most successful season for 10 years came to a close. Not only have we won six, yes SIX, CARA championships this year we have also taken home the prestigious CARA Grand Aggregate trophy for the first time since 2004. Outstanding!

Winning the Grand Aggregate has been a real team effort – with the entire club pulling together to race, cox, coach and support each other. And we’ve not only proven ourselves the fastest club in Kent & Sussex, winning more races than any other to get the Grand, but we’ve also proven ourselves champions of the dance floor, led by the notorious PIG…G :).

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In early October we headed over to Bexhill for the CARA End of Season presentation dinner to collect our championships from ex-GB Olympian and rowing legend Sarah Winckless (above: front row, middle). Turns out she knows how to have a good party too! In total we picked up:

CARA Grand Aggregate Trophy

Ladies Aggregate

Ladies Senior Points Trophy – Sally Hills

Ladies Junior Points Trophy – Charlotte Pigg

Junior Quads Aggregate

Mens Junior Sculls Championship

Ladies Senior Pairs Championship

Ladies Senior Fours Championship

Ladies Junior Pairs Championship

Ladies Junior Fours Championship

J14 Quad Sculls Championship

This weekend welcomed the notorious annual SRC End of Season dinner at Sussex Yacht Club. And it was a fantastic night of celebrations, not only of our CARA wins but also the presentation of our own prizes this season. So for 2014 we salute the following winners:

Harold Brown Trophy (given out to the Shoreham rower winning the most CARA races each season) – Charlotte Pigg

Rowers’ Rower Award – Toby Strevens

Comedy Rower Award – Alfie Scott

Rookie Rower Award – Max Huxtable, Luke Denis le Seve, Alex Apps

J16 Rower of the Year – Isobel Tugwell & Ezra Hulme

Most Improved Rower Award – Olli Knight

For showing commitment, improvement and real rowing promise, Phoebe Mercer also wins a weekend of coaching at the prestigious Leander Club in Henley.

Well done all! Bring on 2015!!

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Southampton Coastal Fours Head 2014

Once again an enthusiastic contingent of Shoreham rowers headed west along the coast to Southampton, for the annual coastal fours head down the River Itchen. And while the weather provided the drama last year, this year the day was doomed to descend into confusion and disqualifications, despite the glorious weather.



First down the course were the Junior Men’s crew of James Mouland, James Tilley, Mark Swarbrick and Toby Strevens. As a scratch four the boys had a relaxed attitude to their race, and a creative swapping of sides and seats as they boated meant it wasn’t necessarily going to be the most successful 5km of their lives. And just as they neared the start line disaster struck, the wheel of James T’s seat sheared off, making his race potentially very difficult. In an act of what can only be described as true selfless heroism, and with a cry of “you probably need this more than me” bowman Toby whipped off his functioning seat, swapping it for James’ 3 wheeled one. Toby – you are an inspiration to us all (or you didn’t want to have to push too hard down the course…one of the two). The resulting 8th place (out of 8) was perhaps then unsurprising – but well done to the boys for not giving up on the race despite the difficult circumstances.

Next up were the Senior Ladies crew of Sarah Bareham, Sally Hills, Rachel Povey & Becky Povey, coxed in her very first race by Isobel Tugwell. After a somewhat confused start (no-one said go, so they weren’t sure they weren’t sure they’d crossed the start line) the girls had a solid row in their first race as a four. Despite a lack of boat time as a crew they crossed the finish line in second place, just 10 seconds behind a very slick-looking Coalporters crew (well done them). And were promptly disqualified. As were Coalies. So Southampton took the win by default, despite being a whole minute slower down the course than the first two crews. Frustratingly reasons for the disqualification seem to be confused, and it seems we’ll never know why it happened. However, their time was an encouraging start to the 2014 season and despite the confusion a great start to Isobel’s coxing career.


The final crew down the course were the Shoreham Junior Ladies four of Charlotte Utting, Charlotte Pigg, Roxanne Addison and Harriet Chavasse. The girls also had a solid row, and as they came under the third bridge, halfway down the course, were gaining steadily on the crews in front. With the fastest crew in their category, BTC, disqualified it was announced at prize-giving that Shoreham had rowed home to a second place, with Southampton taking the win. However, a look at the results sheet today shows them to have the same time! So a great joint-win for the girls and a real confidence boost for the season ahead. It was a good test of their recent training sessions against five Hants & Dorset ARA Junior crews, and gives the girls additional inspiration to work hard in the weeks leading up to the coastal season.


Ultimately a successful yet unsuccessful day for Shoreham. It’s a real shame  for all the participants that results and disqualifications across all categories and across all clubs seem to be so confused. Thanks to Southampton Rowing Club for hosting the event, and to all who gave up their time to make it happen. We look forward to racing again next year without any hiccups.



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Shoreham junior in top 15 at NJIRC 2014

Shoreham junior Phoebe Mercer was the club’s first ever representative at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships, held last Friday at the Lea Valley Athletics Centre, North London. And in true Shoreham style she well and truly left her mark, coming a fantastic 12th out of 190 competitors in the Year 9 girls’ competition.

The NJIRC is the biggest indoor rowing event for juniors in the world and with almost 2,500 rowers at the event had the potential to be an overwhelming experience for a less-experienced competitor. However, Phoebe rose to the challenge to pull a personal best score – a whopping 1032m at an average split of 1:56.2/500m and at just 14 years old, Phoebe has real potential for a bright rowing career.

Phoebe – we’re very proud of your achievement…keep that training up! We’d also like to say a big thanks to Mandy Mercer and Tom Faith for their in-person support at the event, and for all club members who sent out a loud Shoreham cheer by the power of facebook. 

Full results available on the NJIRC 2014 website here.


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Shoreham juniors selected for Junior Inter-Regional Regatta

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We’re delighted to announce that six of Shoreham’s junior rowers have been selected to represent the South East at the upcoming Junior Inter-Regional Regatta on 26th April in Nottingham! This weekend Ezra Hulme, Beth Buchanan, Phoebe Mercer, Charlotte Rose, Amelia Balthazor and Imogen Mercer travelled to Westbere Lake in Kent to trial against promising coastal and river crews from across the South East region.

Check them out in action! Read More

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Shoreham stonk the Sussex Indoor Mile

Shoreham came home with fabulous 4 wins at this year’s Sussex Indoor Mile competition in Bexhill, including fastest time of the day and fastest female of the day, as well as a whole host of 2nds, 3rds & 4ths!

Check us out celebrating!

SRC @ Sussex Indoor Mile

Shoreham Cheer at Sussex Indoor Mile 2014

4 or 5 minutes of pain for our junior rowers, 1608m of pain for the adults were well worth it as Tom Faith took the overall fastest time of the day, also winning the Men’s 30-35 category ahead of Bexhill RC legend Mark Mitchell, Charlotte Pigg absolutely stonked it to claim the fastest female of the day and the Women’s Open category, Sarah B took home the fastest female lightweight of the day and Pheobe Mercer won the Year 9 Girls’ competition by a huge margin.

Full results and Regatta Report

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