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


W Nov 4+ Lincoln Head

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.


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.

Hull does it’s bit for the War of the Roses!

While Kingston upon Hull is famous for turning King Charles I away at the Beverley Gate, a modern-day War of the Roses involving Kingston upon Hull also took place (in the more sedate and genteel surroundings of Saltaire).

Our super competitive duo of Bob and Dave, never the ones to turn down an opportunity to race against fellow Masters Rowers, travelled over to Bradford Amateur Rowing Club to take part in their annual War of the Roses Regatta.

Bradford ARC host their famous War of the Roses Regatta with Masters Rowers from both sides of the Pennines coming over for a day of scratch racing in fours, quads and eights. The whole event is then finished off with a fantastic Bradford Curry and some local Timothy Taylors.

Always up for a race (and quite probably being the oldest competitors at the event), Bob and Dave got drawn against each other in all of the events with Dave ending up on the winning side.

It was a fantastic day out for our Masters Rowers and great to see Bradford ARC looking so good after the damage caused by the New Year floods. We look forward to being back in Saltaire in the Summer for their next regattas.


2016 Learn to Row Courses start April

We are pleased to announce that our 2016 Learn to Row Courses for Spring/Summer 2016 start in April.

The courses last three weeks and cost less than £33 which includes coaching, insurance and equipment use.

The courses can be booked online via Eventbrite and for a full list of the dates available and more information on the courses please visit our Learn to Row page.

Hull Kingston Rowing Club Learn to Row Courses 2016

New Indoor Rowing Sessions starting at Woodford Leisure Centre!

Looking to stay dry and get fit during the winter? Wanting to try some indoor rowing or join a fitness session?

We’ve got something for everyone starting on Thursday 12th November.

In partnership with Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd and the Humber Sports Partnership we have not one, but THREE indoor rowing sessions beginning.

If you’re aged 9 – 12 years old then come along to the Junior StreetGames Indoor Rowing Session! Every Thursday from 4pm – 5pm at Woodford Leisure Centre. Only £2 per session Row Fun Hull Junior StreetGames Poster

We have a girls only indoor rowing session. Thanks to funding from the Humber Sports Partnership we are running a Row Fit Girls indoor rowing fitness session. Thursdays from 5pm – 6pm at Woodford Leisure Centre. Only £2 per session RowFitGirls Sportivate poster

For our club members and for the general public we have an indoor rowing/fitness session every Thursday from 6pm – 7pm. FREE for club members and £2 per session for the public – come along, do some circuits and get on the rowing machine! RowFitHull poster

Biggest and best entry ever for Ancholme Head

Sunday 11th October saw Hull Kingston Rowing Club members travelling across the Humber Bridge to Brigg for the Ancholme Head.

Ancholme Rowing Club are our closest neighbours so we wanted to turn up with as many boats as possible. A few entries had to be dropped but we entered seven crews in the end which is our biggest entry to an event as a club so far!

In Division One we sGeorge Nov1x Ancholme Head 2015aw Bob and Dave racing against opposition from York and Bradford in the Masters F/H double sculls category, Theo giving racing a try for the first time in Novice single sculls, Oscar and George doing a Novice double scull and Charlotte, Liz, Shelley and Katy racing in Womens Novice coxless quads.

Division Two saw Liz and Olivia racing against Shelley and Charlotte in Womens Novice Double Sculls and George trying his hand out in Novice Single Sculls.

Everyone did fantastically well with many of the crews racing for the first time and for some getting that important first ever race out of the way.

In the end the biggest cheer of the day came when the results (round the corner at the pub!) were announced and Bob and Dave had won the Masters E/H double sculls category again! A great result for the guys again showing everyone else in the club that age is but a number!

A final thanks must go to Ancholme Rowing Club for a brilliant day out and for the loan of many boats on the day which really helped us out. Some good relationships with our neighbour club remade!

Charlotte Shelley WNov2x Ancholme 2015  Liz Olivia WNov 2x Ancholme 2015