South Coast Championships 2016 South Coast Championships 2016

The annual South Coast Championships are the culmination of the coastal rowing season – where clubs racing in the Coast Amateur Rowing Association league (CARA) in Kent & Sussex pit themselves against their compatriots in Hampshire & Dorset, and the West of England Amateur Rowing Associations. 

Alongside the victory for the J16 quad there were other excellent races from Shoreham crews. In the closest championship race of the day, Shoreham’s Senior Ladies four of Roxanne Addison, Charlotte Pigg, Gemma Stoner and Sarah Faith coxed by Ezra Hulme were neck-and-neck with Southampton-based Itchen Imperial for the entire two kilometre course, but would be just pipped to the line by a final surge from the opposing boat leaving them a heart-wrenching second, but having provided some serious entertainment for the spectating crowds.

The Ladies Junior championship four of Delphi Coombes-Cowell, Ezra Hulme, Phoebe Mercer and Beth Buchanan coxed by Sarah Faith, and the Mens Junior championship four of Max Huxtable, Toby Strevens, James Mouland and James Tilley coxed by Ezra Hulme also put in gutsy performances into an increasing headwind to come fourth in both their races.

The event marks the end of an extremely successful 2016 season for Shoreham Rowing Club. Winning 65 races over the course of the season, (21 more than any other Kent & Sussex club) this means Shoreham will be taking home the Coast Amateur Rowing Association (CARA) Grand Aggregate trophy for the second time in three years. This is a real team achievement – with every win from novices to senior rowers counting.

Utterly dominant in the CARA ladies’ events this year, Shoreham has secured championships in; Ladies Novice Fours, Ladies Junior Fours and Pairs, Ladies Senior Fours and Pairs and Ladies Double Sculls. It means that the club will also be taking home the CARA Ladies’ Aggregate by a huge margin. The Mens’ Junior Pair of Max Huxtable and James Mouland are currently tied with Southsea Rowing Club and will face a row-off for their championship title on Saturday 10th September 2016.

For anyone interested in trying rowing for the first time, we’re welcoming new members to an open day on Saturday 17th September 2016, where anyone interested can meet current club members, have taster sessions in a boat and try some fun racing. For more details click here.


Shoreham Juniors are South Coast Champions!


Shoreham Rowing Club has rounded off a hugely successful 2016 season by winning the Ladies Under-16 quadruple sculls race at the South Coast Championships, held on Saturday 3rd September in Herne Bay, Kent.

The four Shoreham girls, Verity Millar-Sarahs, Phoebe Mercer, Portia Smith and Delphi Coombes-Cowell coxed by Ezra Hulme, led their race from the start, maintaining their power and composure to see off challenges from six other clubs from across the south coast. Undefeated in the quad for two years running in Kent and Sussex, their victory on the larger South Coast stage was very well-deserved.

Shoreham Rowing Club vice-captain Sarah Faith says “Our J16 girls have worked so hard this year, racing multiple events at each regatta, dedicating themselves to their training and proving that they will be key members of Shoreham Rowing Club for years to come. They should be very proud of their achievements this year – we all are – they continue to inspire their peers to succeed and I have no doubt that we will see them winning again at South Coast Championships in the future”.

Massive congratulations girls!


Got Olympic Fever? Come and join our rowing taster day!

Have you been inspired by Rio 2016? Fancy trying something new? To those who have never rowed or have not rowed in the last 10 years, why not join our 2016 open day…

This is your chance to try out rowing, and is the perfect taster experience for all budding rowers. There are 3 ways to get involved:

2016 Events:

1. Row to Race! – Enter a crew of four adults (over 18s only) who have never rowed before. We will provide qualified coaches to teach you as much as we can in two 1 hour sessions on the water as well as time on the indoor rowing machines over the course of the day. We’ll then get you racing for the prestigious title of Shoreham Rowing Club Open Day Champions 2016. £15.00 per person to enter. What’s more, the winners gain entry into the Open Day Cup race where you’ll pit yourselves against 2 experienced crews from Shoreham Rowing Club!!

2. Try a Row! – Simply come along and sign up on the day and we’ll (numbers dependent) drop you into a boat with some experienced rowers and a coach and you’ll get some time to see if you might like rowing. Free! (small donation to the club encouraged!)

3. Race an Erg! – Come along and sign up to our rowing machine competition. A 250m sprint race on an indoor rowing machine (ergometer) in which you’ll have the chance to see how you compare to the best we have to offer in 5 categories: Open Male, Open Female, Junior Males and Junior Females (under 18) and Mixed Under-14s.

Open Day Itinerary:

8.30 – Arrive at the Club

9.00am – Crew registration

9.15am – Safety briefing

9.30am – 11.30am/12.00 – 2pm – Training

Crews will be split into groups for instruction and training. Swapping between boat knowledge, the rowing stroke on a machine and then some time in a boat on the water

11.30-12.00pm– BBQ and lunch – a BBQ and some sandwiches will be on sale

2.00pm – Racing!

Crews will race against one another in heats and semi finals and a final (4 boats per heat)

3.30pm – Prize giving for 1st and 2nd place crews will be given out.

Bar will remain open until 5pm


Download your application form here: 

Novices- Open Day, and Training:  SRC Fun regatta entry form 2016


E-mail contact for entries and further information:

Thomas Faith




Shoreham Rowing Club continue 2016 success in Brighton

Hove seafront was the setting for an exciting day of racing as crews from across Kent and Sussex descended on the city for Brighton & Hove Coastal Rowing Regatta.

With Brighton and Hove Rowing Club closing in 1994, the historic event is now organised by nearby Shoreham Rowing Club which counts a number of Brighton & Hove residents among its members. The regatta was the fifth event in the 2016 Coast Amateur Rowing Association racing season, contested by clubs along the Sussex and Kent coast from Southsea to Herne Bay.

Although the sun was shining and sea conditions were calm, the stiff northerly wind made racing challenging, with crews struggling to keep their boats tucked into the more-sheltered waters near the beach, and to line up on the start.

It was the home club Shoreham which took home the lion’s share of the day’s wins – an impressive 10 in total as the club extends its dominance in the Coast Amateur Rowing Association Grand Aggregate, awarded to the club with the most wins across the 13-regatta season.

Once again Shoreham’s ladies crews performed extremely well, dominating the women’s events throughout the day and winning every ladies’ status race – winning the ladies novice fours, taking first and second in the ladies under-16 quad sculls, first and third in the ladies junior fours, first and second in the ladies senior fours, first and second in the ladies senior pairs, first in the ladies junior pairs and first, second and third in the ladies double sculls.

The club’s men’s squad also continued their return to form. A convincing victory for Shoreham’s men’s junior four of James Tilley, Max Huxtable, Cian Kennedy and James Mouland coxed by Sally Hills edges them ahead of Deal in the 2016 CARA junior fours championship and the club’s Novice Four of Alex Apps, Matt Randall, Alfie Scott and Eamonn Wilkinson coxed by Max Huxtable won their second race of the weekend to progress up to the higher Junior status in coming regattas.

The club also took home the Ladies Aggregate and the coveted regatta Grand Aggregate trophies at the end of the day, and saw young member Isobel Tugwell named the regatta ‘Cox of the Day’ for steering a fantastic course in two of her races.

In other events one of the most exciting races of the day was the men’s senior single sculls, where a full-on sprint for the line saw Bexhill and Deal neck and neck, with Bexhill the eventual winner by just a couple of inches.

Shoreham Rowing Club’s vice-captain Sarah Faith says “We’d like to extend our thanks to our main regatta sponsor Marval Marine Services, our other sponsors and all the volunteers who gave up their time this weekend and without whom it is not possible to run the event.

“For Shoreham, this weekend has been one of our most successful in recent history – the well-deserved result of months of hard training, and a fantastic club spirit which is buoying up all of our crews, at all levels.

“We’re excited to see where this season will take us”.

Results from the day can be seen below:

Event Distance 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Time
Men’s Novice Sculls 2 Lengths De Bx De Dv HB Bx 7.58
Men’s Junior Sculls 2 Lengths Bx De Bx Bx Dv Sm 7.50
Men’s Senior Sculls 1/4Cvns Bx De Sm Bx Dv HB 7.50
Ladies Double Sculls Easy Sm Sm Sm HB Bx Dv 8.18
Ladies Junior Pairs Easy Sm Bx So De Bx 8.33
Men’s Junior Pairs 3 Lengths Bx So De De Sm Dv
Ladies Senior Pairs 2 Lengths Sm Sm De W Dv W 8.02
Men’s Senior Pairs 3 Lengths Bx F De De HB Bx 6.56
Ladies Novice Fours 1 Length Sm De HB Dv Sm W 8.49
Ladies Junior Fours 3 Lengths Sm Bx Sm Dv De 7.45
Ladies Senior Fours Easy Sm Sm De Sm W Bx 7.55
Men’s Novice Fours Easy Sm W Bx Dv Bx 7.46
Men’s Junior Fours Easy Sm De So Bx Sm HB 7.13
Men’s J/S Fours Easy De De HB Bx De 7.03
Veteran 40+ Fours Easy Bx Bx E Sm De 7.10
Veteran 50+ Fours 2 Lengths Bx Sm 8.04
Men’s Senior Fours 2 Lengths De Bx HB De De Sm 6.39
For more information about the Coast Amateur Rowing Association visit

Shoreham Rowing Club make winning start to 2016 season

In the first two events of the Kent & Sussex coastal rowing calendar (  – for more info), Shoreham Rowing Club have thrown down the gauntlet to their opposition, winning more races than any of the other 11 clubs competing at Worthing and Worthing Town Regattas last weekend.

The first races of the season are always nervy affairs, as crews test how well their winter training programmes have prepared them for competition. For Shoreham, a sense of excitement has been building, with a number of potentially strong crews looking to challenge for championship titles this year, so it was with some trepidation, but with great hope for success that the club travelled to Worthing on Saturday and Sunday.  However, nerves were not required as Shoreham’s rowers lived up to the expectation of their club, coaches and supporters alike.

Taking a total of 11 wins over the two regattas (more than any other club) it was an almost faultless start for Shoreham and once again it was the ladies squads who really stole the show. The most impressive victories came from rising stars Beth Buchanan, Phoebe Mercer, Amelia Balthazor and Delphi Coombes-Cowell (coxed by Sally Hills) in the Ladies Junior Four, who won by such a margin on both days that the second place crew could barely be seen as they crossed the finish line. Mercer and Buchanan then went on to take a well-deserved, and easy victory in the Ladies Junior Pair on the Sunday. Mercer and Coombes-Cowell were also joined by Verity Millar-Sarahs and Portia Smith to take a convincing victory in the under-16 Quad Sculls event on both days and look like they stand a good chance to retain Shoreham’s title in this event for a second year running. The Senior Ladies squad of Sarah Faith, Gemma Stoner, Charlotte Pigg, Roxanne Addison and Sally Hills were also on top form, continuing their winning streak over the last three years by winning all four of their races over the weekend, in the four and pairs. Ezra Hulme and Sarah Faith then joined forces to take a win in the Ladies Double Sculls on the Saturday, while Mercer & Buchanan took the win on the Sunday, with Hulme and Faith in an easy second place over the rest of the field.

While Shoreham’s wins over previous years have been dominated by the womens squads, Shoreham’s men are now on the rise with a strong mens Junior Four of James Tilley, Cian Kennedy, Max Huxtable and James Mouland, coxed by Sally Hills taking victory over Deal on Saturday and Mouland on his own taking a very impressive win in the rough in the Novice Single Sculls event on Sunday. The under-16 boys almost added to the winning haul, but instead added only drama as they capsized their quad within 20metres of the finish line whilst leading their race.

The fantastic results see Shoreham currently ahead in the race for the Coast Amateur Rowing Association Grand Aggregate trophy (awarded to the club which wins the most races over a season) – but it will be a hard-fought battle over the coming regattas with strong competition from Bexhill Rowing Club and Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown Rowing Club.

The next events to look forward to are Bexhill and Hastings Regatta weekend on the 21st and 22nd May in Bexhill and subsequently, and most excitingly Shoreham’s home regattas at Beach Green, Shoreham on 28th May and in Hove on Sunday 29th  – supporters are encouraged to join the fun on the beach, where they’ll be able to grab some food and drink whilst helping their local club and hopefully enjoy some sunshine.


Learn to Row at Shoreham Rowing Club – Spring 2016




We are pleased to confirm that we will be running a learn to row course this Spring.


Thursday 16th March 7-8pm: Introduction and Technique session on rowing machines

Sunday 20th March 10am-11.30am for 6 weeks – water sessions, weather dependant

Cost £75

Attached below is an Expression of Interest form. If you’re interested in learning to row at Shoreham Rowing Club please complete this form and return it to at your earliest convenience.

Expression of Interest to Join and Learn to Row


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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