Free Rowing Open Day

On bank holiday Monday we will be hosting a free open day for anyone aged 10 and upwards to give rowing a go. All you need is non-restrictive clothing and a set of spare clothes, just in case. You don’t need to have any experience as we have qualified coaches on hand to give you all the guidance you need. If you require more information please email hullrowingclub@googlemail.com. We hope to see you there.

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Yorkshire Win at Bradford’s War of the Roses

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On Saturday 28th April, Bradford Amateur Rowing Club held its annual War of the Roses regatta on its beautiful stretch of the river Aire. War of the Roses is a 300m scratch veteran race (32yrs +) suitable for all rowing abilities. Crews are assembled on the day in quads and fours and later in the day crews are picked for a Lancaster and Yorkshire eight. This year HKRC sent Dave B, Dave W and Shaun to race with Bob as official HKRC cameraman. Our racers enjoyed 5-6 races each making it into the semi-finals and Shaun was lucky enough to be selected for the Yorkshire eight crew. This year saw a White Rose win making the tally Lancaster-4, Yorkshire-6. Can Lancaster close in on Yorkshire in next years race?

HKRC Celebrates Eldest Member’s 80th Birthday

Hull Kingston Rowing Club’s oldest member, Bob Jones, turned 80 years old on 20th April. Bob is an active member of the club and regularly attends and wins races alongside his double sculls partner, Dave. To¬†mark the day, Dave commissioned a cake made by our own club captain, Charlotte, which was presented to Bob at our water session this Saturday. ¬†Following a very productive session on the water, led by Bob, HKCR members proceeded into the boathouse and were served up some very large slices (thanks Bob). The session and the cake was enjoyed by all. Bob is an inspiration to us all and proves no matter your age, you’re never to old to give it a go and keep achieving.

Rowing Taster Session

Due to the demand for rowing from the public after our successful Rio Olympics, Hull Kingston Rowing Club will be running a taster session on the morning of Saturday 27 August as part of the I am Team GB day.I am Team GB HKRC Taster Session

The taster session is FREE, simply book on via the I am Team GB website or via our Learn to Row page.

The session will be from 8.30am to 10.30am and is for people aged 16+

We still have places on our current Junior Learn to Row course for kids aged 10 to 15 so if kids want to try rowing then visit our Learn to Row page and they can book on the course.

Historic first win for the Women’s Squad at Warrington Regatta!

Saturday 30th July saw the club take a number of crews over to the North West to Warrington Regatta. This was the first time that the club had travelled to the North West to compete in the North West region and we were not disappointed with the visit!

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Winning Women’s Novice Coxed Quad

We had a number of crews competing on the day, with a mixed coxed four and double scull racing as well as a women’s coxed quad and women’s single scull.

The mixed coxed four of Bella, Amy, Max, Oscar and George (coxing) and double scull of Charlotte and George found themselves up against some highly competitive juniors from Trentham Rowing Club and lost out in both finals. Charlotte lost out to a strong sculler from Trafford Rowing Club so is still looking for that elusive novice single sculls win.

The women’s quad however did not disappoint. The crew of Ros, Claire, Amy, Bella and Charlotte as cox took on a coxed quad from Runcorn and won by one length. The ladies had been training hard together for the past couple of months and took on board lessons learned from losing at Bradford last month in the same event. They had a fantastic race and rowed with confidence to a historic first win for the women in the club.

This was a special win for all with all rowers learning at the club and Ros and Claire coming from last years Summer Learn to Row courses.

We would llogoike to thank Warrington Rowing Club for a fantastic day and use of boats and to our sponsor Andrew Earle’s Holidays for their support for our club rowers.

Busy regatta season catch up!

It’s been a hectic few months of racing for the club with all club members getting stuck into racing across Yorkshire and the North East.

Tees Regatta.

Bob and Dave decided to head up the A19 and try their luck in the North East racing at Tees Regatta. The 800m multi-lane course (4 lanes) was a bit of an opportunity to try their racing against opposition from the North East and Scotland with a busy day of racing.

Having done their strength training in the morning by helping move some Learn to Row boats and help move equipment out of the boathouse, they then shot up the A19 to go and race in very wet conditions! Unfortunately they were up against a very tidy Tees crew (some of whom would go on to race at the British Masters Champs and medal) so while no win on this day, some big lessons learned.

 

York Summer Regatta.

With Tees Regatta laid to rest, Bob and Dave had been out training hard again and were ready for York Summer Regatta. Bob and Dave were again out in their double again flying the flag for Hull in the double and also a planned composite quad with York City against Nottingham.

Unfortunately the Nottingham crew couldn’t race so Bob and Dave had to save themselves for the double and they didn’t disappoint beating a double from Guy Fawkes RC with ease!

 

Bradford Spring Regatta (otherwise known as the regatta where it REALLY rained!)

Bradford Regatta was one of the events on the clubs definitely attending list and as such we sent as many crews as we could muster!

At 600m it was a great chance to get some of our less experienced rowers and crews out to race over a reasonable distance and for our more experienced crews to hone their skills of racing at very close quarters!

First up was the Women’s Novice Quad of Amy, Bella, Ros, Claire and Charlotte. They were having a great race until the last 100m when equipment failure cost them the race. For a first attempt in this crew it really was a great performance!

Bob and Dave didn’t have the best of rows in their double but as always this doesn’t put them off and plans for the next few races have already been pencilled into the diary!

It’s worth pointing out at this point that it not only rained but was a real storm with crews having to come off the water (including a very soggy Bella and Amy in their double!). However once the weather passed it was back on the water!

Bella and Amy had a good row but the conditions on the water with the flood water spilling off the hills made the course trickier for Amy and Bella who chose caution rather than speed.

Osh had a great first ever race in his Junior 12 single scull race. Nerves got the better of him and he was beaten by a nippy junior from Doncaster, but this has made him keen for more racing!

Charlotte finished the day racing in a Women’s Novice 1 single scull. While she won her heat she was disqualified for steering into her opponents lane (repeatedly!). So while we still await our first ever female winner we now at least have our first ever female DQ!

Next up for the club – we go west to Warrington in July!

Explore Regatta Comes to Hull

The British Rowing Explore Regatta series in Yorkshire and the North West came to the far end of Yorkshire and we hosted the first Explore Regatta in the city.

It was a fantastic event with crews coming from Sheffield, Doncaster, York University, Hollingworth Lake and Runcorn (as well as a composite Hull/Pennine crew).

We had a busy afternoon with lots of tea and cake consumed as well as a lot of racing. For some people racing they had only been in a boat a few times so this was a great way to learn about racing as they learned how to row.

A huge thanks went to Liz Bramhall for her organisation from the club’s part, the support of Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd and a special thanks to Doncaster and Leeds Rowing Club’s for loaning us boats on the day to use. A final thanks to Rob Cree and Howard Holmes for organising and collecting boats for us.

Pictures from the day can be found on the club Facebook page here

 

Explore Rowing Regatta comes to Hull

This Sunday sees Hull Kingston Rowing Club host the latest Explore Rowing Regatta in Yorkshire and the North West.

The Explore Rowing programme is British Rowing’s flagship scheme for increasing participation in rowing with clubs from across England being able to purchase recreational boat packages to allow more people to Learn to Row and participate in recreational and touring rowing.

Out of the Explore Rowing scheme, the Explore Regatta series has been launched where clubs from across the region come together at a club and race in the host clubs Explore Rowing boats over a short distance. The events are designed for people new to the sport and those who don’t wish to compete in the traditional fine boat regattas.

Hull will be the second club in Yorkshire to host one of the Explore Regatta events and we are looking forward to seeing clubs from across Yorkshire and the North West visit us for an afternoon of racing.

Come along to East Park from 1pm – 4pm to watch clubs race in this installment of the Explore Regatta series.

Mixed fortunes for the club at Lincoln and York

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With the cancellation of the Yorkshire Head of the River race due to rising river levels in York, the club has not had a huge opportunity to race this year.

Determined to make up for this and with our newly purchased coxed four giving club members some good incentive to get some crew training under their belts, the club travelled to Lincoln to race at Lincoln Head.

This is the first time the club had raced at Lincoln so it was a great opportunity for the club to race against crews from outside the Yorkshire Region.

The Men’s/Junior four of George, Rob, Oscar, Max with Charlotte as cox had a good row given their training in the four was restricted to one session per week, coming second to a very experienced (and not so novice) Leicester crew.

Not to be outdone in Division Two, the Women’s/Junior four of Shelly, Claire, Liz, Katy and Charlotte coxing had a great row but were up against some very experienced opposition from Peterborough. Most pleasing was the fact this was Claire’s first race after completing last summer’s Learn to Row course.

So all hopes for a win rested on Bob and Dave in their Masters H double scull and they did not disappoint! Up against a very strong crew from Nottingham they took the win (setting up a likely rematch later in the season at the British Masters Championships!) meaning that it was the Masters who kept the flag flying for the club.

It was a great event at Lincoln and a huge thanks has to go to both Lincoln and Ancholme Rowing Clubs for loaning us boats to race in on the day.

York

After the large club entry for Lincoln Head, the first regatta of this season was a much quieter affair with just Bob and Dave racing in their double at York.

The age old (no pun intended) problem of a lack of similar age opposition rose it’s head and Bob and Dave ended up racing in a Masters H/J double sculls event against York City with York having the age and handicap advantage over Hull.

Unfortunately this time around the handicap proved a couple of seconds too far over the distance for Bob and Dave and they lost by a couple of lengths to the York crew. Despite the result, it was another good experience for both of them in their first season of racing together and another marker laid down for looking at racing at the British Masters Rowing Championships in June.