2015 AGM done and a new committee elected

The 2015 Annual General Meeting took place on the 10th October at the East Park pavillion and there was a good turnout for this years AGM – over double the attendance of last year.

The Club Officers gave a brief report on the years progress with highlights including the huge growth in club membership, the new equipment that had come through (including four new rowing machines and two new coxed quads/fours) and the rent being secured.

The club membership agreed on the new membership subscriptions and payments methods from January 2016 as recommended by the committee and also approved changes to the training times.

In addition a new committee was elected to serve for one year until October 2016. The committee is as follows:

Chair – Gavin Coates

Captain – Sunil Mukerjea

Secretary – Charlotte Wilkinson

Treasurer – Shelley Main

Club Welfare Officer – Liz Bramhall

Junior Co-ordinator – Michelle Hopson

Club Water Safety Advisor – Gavin Coates

Marketing/Business Development – Rob Aitken


Our dynamic duo of Bob and Dave were back racing on a busy weekend for Hull Kingston Rowing Club.

While GBob & Dave at Doncaster Head Oct 15av and Charlotte were away representing the club at the British Rowing Conference in Leeds, Bob and Dave were in Doncaster racing for the club at the Head of the Don, Doncaster Rowing Clubs new Head Race.

Racing again in their Masters H double scull, Bob and Dave took on the lessons learned from racing at York and put it to good use in Doncaster coming away with the first ever win for Hull Kingston Rowing Club!

With a winning time of 16.37, their time put them as one of the fastest crews of the day and ahead of their Masters E opposition (as well as many university crews!).

We would like to congratulate Bob and Dave on being the first crew from Hull Kingston Rowing Club to win and it was fitting that two of our most dedicated club members would be the ones leading the way.

A huge thanks goes to Doncaster Rowing Club for the loan of a double for the event and for a fantastic first event – we hope that the event grows more and more each year.

2015/2016 season kicks off with York Autumn Sculls!

The start of the 2015/2016 racing season has kicked off with our Masters Scullers racing at the new York Autumn Sculls Head race.

The 4500m time trial on the Ouse run by York City Rowing Club is a new event for September and was the perfect opportunity for our Masters Double Scull of Bob Jones and Dave Wilkinson to get a feel for how their training has been going.

Racing as Masters H (70 – 75 age category), Bob and Dave’s opposition was nearly 25 years younger than them but that did not stop them. They came a creditable 85 out of 109 and were commended by York City for showing many of the competitors on the day that age did not matter and you could still be competitive with an average age of 73!

Many thanks to York City Rowing Club for the loan of a double scull for the day and for running a great event.

York Spring Regatta

With the winter/spring long distance racing season behind us, club members have spent their weekends at East Park practicing their race starts and sprints in preparation for the beginning of regatta season where races move from the winter long distance processional time trials to the side by side sprint racing.

The first regatta of the season was York Spring Regatta, run by York City Rowing Club. 800 metres of side by side sprints though the heart of the city centre with crews entered from across Yorkshire, North East and even a crew from Thames Rowing Club in London!

We had two crews entered for what was a very full and busy regatta with Amy Hopson, Olivia Mukerjea, Charlotte Wilkinson, Shelly Main and Gavin Coates (coxing) in the Womens Novice Coxed Quad racing in the morning division and Charlotte Wilkinson and Shelly Main racing in the Womens Novice Double Scull in the afternoon division.

For half of the Womens Quad this was their first ever regatta and the whole quad handled their race incredibly well. A strong start and a good row, sadly beaten by a very well drilled and experienced York City junior crew, this was a great first regatta experience for Amy and Olivia.The double scull of Charlotte and Shelly had to contend with the deteriorating conditions in the afternoon division which had caused other scullers to capsize. Despite the harsh crosswind which affected their racing lane, they had a solid scull and the foundations for a strong sculling partnership have been created.For all of the club members, supporters and volunteers who came along it was a fantastic day – a big thanks to York City Rowing Club for a great event and special thanks to Bradford Amateur Rowing Club for the loan of a quad and double to help us race.As always a huge well done to the athletes who raced and special thanks to Dave who transported the blades over.Next races coming up… York again and then Bradford!

New Learn to Row courses launched

We are pleased to announce that we will be running our 2015 Learn to Row Courses from June 2015.

We will be running courses for juniors and adults at East Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June.

The courses will last for six weeks and will cost £60. This includes coaching and equipment use.

For more information on the Learn to Row courses, go to our Learn to Row page. Book on early – spaces are limited!


Easter Taster sessions at East Park

This Easter we will be running taster sessions at East Park, giving people the chance to try rowing on the lake.

We’ll be putting our Learn to Row boats out for people to try rowing prior to our Learn to Row courses starting in April.

The taster sessions will be taking place on the following dates:

Saturday 28th March 1pm – 3pm

Saturday 11th April 1pm – 3pm

All sessions are FREE and there is no need to book. Simply turn up and we’ll get you out for a row!