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!

New session times for training

Just a reminder to all club members the new session times are as follows on a weekend:


Juniors 8am – 10am, Adults 10am – 12noon


Adults 8am – 10am, Juniors 10am – 12noon

This means more coaching time for all club members and increased access to equipment. Should you not be able to make your session and need to make a different one, please contact Gav regarding this.

Strong racing at a very busy South Yorkshire Head

The weather in January and February hasn’t been kind to rowing across the country and the recent snow and high winds had caused havoc with training across Yorkshire, however Hull Kingston Rowing Club was determined to have a presence at the South Yorkshire Head.

Run by Doncaster Rowing Club and City of Sheffield Rowing Club, the South Yorkshire Head is a popular event for all Yorkshire Clubs – with a number of races happening in neighbouring rowing regions and with the weather being unpredictable, it was a bit of an unknown as to what would happen with the race. In the end we weren’t to be disappointed and it was a record entry for the event which was fantastic for Doncaster Rowing Club.

Despite being a bit thin on the ground with supporters due to clashes with other events, we still took a strong contingent from the club over to race.

SYH Rob 1x

Picture courtesy of Yorkshire Rowing Council Facebook page

Rob is making the club white Janousek single his own (Chairman Gav is under orders to tinker with the rigging of the boat to make it work!) and again took to racing in his single. Despite the last minute change in Divisions, Rob put on a strong performance against some very experienced scullers and beat his opposition in Division Three.

Not to be outdone, Max and Oscar reunited in the double – the first time they had raced since York Small Boats Head in Decemer. Their lack of training time due to the weather showed with the result time, but they came away happy with being back in the boat (and the boat that they used!)

SYH Max Oscar 2x

The girls were not to be outdone, with the girls putting out a quad and double. Jodie and Olivia – rapidly becoming two of the clubs steadfast competitors raced in the first and second divisions racing in the quad and then hopping into the double. The girls were joined by Bella and Amy in the quad, with some excellent coxing from our friends at Doncaster Rowing Club.

Both crews did incredibly well, more experience in new crew formations in the bank and more racing experience under the belt.

SYH Olivia Jodie 2xSYH Girls 4x+

The juniors enjoyed the boats that were used and the club had a lot of compliments over the new racing kit. A great day out for the club and fantastic to be racing over at our neighbouring club in Doncaster.

A big thanks to Dave Wilkinson for coordinating the club during the day and a massive thanks to Bradford Grammar School for the loan of a quad and a double. Without the support of clubs in the Yorkshire Region, we would not be making the improvements we are.

Hull Kingston Rowing Club braves the snow and races in Newcastle

The start of the new year in Hull brought a lot of cold and ice to East Park, making the lake unrowable, but undeterred the club carried on where it had started last year and kept up its racing schedule.

This time took them North – far North – up to Gateshead/Newcastle and a race on the Tyne! Hull Kingston Rowing Club had entered Tyne United’s New Years Head – a 5.5km race on the River Tyne.

Club Chairman Gav had worked and raced at the club so knew the club and river well and the club decided to go all out and field three quads for the event. For the first time the club was entering a mens and two womens quads. This meant a very early start with a 6.30am drive up from Hull to Gateshead in not the best of weather!

The run up to the racing was not without a bit of drama with a last-minute crew change (Rob had to become an honourary girl for the Womens IM3 coxless quad event!), Gav losing his voice the week before he was due to cox and a blizzard on the way up the A1 meaning we had about 20 minutes to grab our boats and get on the water.

Womens IM3 4x- Picture courtesy of Al Johnston

Womens IM3 4x- Picture courtesy of Al Johnston

Division One saw the Womens Novice Coxed Quad of Alice, Katy, Bella and Amy with Gav (voice just about working) coxing and the Womens Intermediate Three Coxless Quad of Charlotte (steering), Olivia, Jodie and Rob (honourary girl) competing.

It was a solid row from the quad – with Olivia and Charlotte growing in confidence under the guidance of Charlotte and Rob developing his sculling technique. They came away satisfied, but still itching to get a full womens crew racing soon.

TU SBH W 4x+The Women’s Novice Coxed Quad of Alice, Katy, Amy and Bella had an impressive row – Club Chairman Gav who was coxing noted that the girls had some fantastic spells of sculling as a crew and was quite excited for future potential come regatta season. While the girls came off a little disappointed, Club Chairman Gav came off far from it and was really pleased with their performance.

The last crew of the day to racTU SBH M 4x+e was the Mens Novice Coxed Quad of Gav, Sunil, Rob and Kev with Charlotte coxing. Deciding to row in the Mens Novice category and not Masters B as they could have done this was the first time the club had put out a ‘senior’ mens crew in to race.

What the guys lacked in style and finesse they definitely put into effort in the race – even Club Chairman Gav who muttered ‘last time I raced was four years ago in a scratch crew on this river and im doing it again’ enjoyed himself and while the time wasn’t what they wanted, that racing spark had been ignited for all of the guys.

The last thing the club members got to do on the day was to get a tour of the Tyne United Rowing Club facilities from Gav, including their indoor rowing tank and indoor rowing machine room. A future training camp location had been confirmed in the minds of the club members!

A huge thanks to Sunil for driving the minibus that got the club members up to Newcastle and a massive thank you to Tyne United Rowing Club for the loan of the quads and the blades and their hospitality on race day. We’ll be back again next year.

Christmas Pudding Races at Hull Kingston Rowing Club

Before the club broke up for Christmas, Club Chairman Gav and Club Secretary Charlotte hit upon the idea of having a fun mini-regatta to finish off what had been a huge year for the club.Plum Pudding 13

A plot was hatched and word went out to the membership to turn up for fun racing with the instructions that Christmas attire was mandatory! Meanwhile Gav went out to the supermarket and came back with far too many Christmas Puddings!

Plum Pudding 4So the club members turned up festooned with Christmas hats (and in the case of Treasurer Rob – a pirate outfit!). Names were drawn out of a hat and crews took to the water for doubles racing in our Explore Rowing doubles.

The weather wasn’t the best, but everyone took to the racing in good spirits with some close races, some very interesting steering and some very dodgy starts from the Club Chairman!

On top of the doubles racing, we also let the parents loose in the Explore Rowing singles for a spot of sprint racing. An interesting (and for some of the parents very wet!) experience and certainly gave the parents a taste of what the juniors do each weekend!

A brilliant mornings fun racing and a huge thank you to all the club members who have helped the club develop over the summer to enable the club to move forward and grow!

Hull returns to racing at York!

Having moved ourselves over from our old boathouse on Oak Road and settled in properly into East Park, it was decided that we needed to get ourselves back out on the local racing scene.

It had been many years since a community rowing club in Hull had put out many crews ‘in anger’ – in fact Dave (our oracle of knowledge when it comes to rowing in Hull) commented that he hadn’t known many Hull crews racing since the days of Kingston Rowing Club in the 1970s – so we decided that it was time we changed that.

York Small Boats Head was our first target – the standard of sculling had increased since moving to the lake and the old addage of ‘mileage makes champions’ was soon changing to shouts from the lake side of ‘sit up!’ and ‘lengthen your stroke’.


We entered an armada of crews into the event with all three divisions being filled with Hull crews – for most of our juniors, it was their first head race and excitement was high.

Sadly the weather gods intervened and cancelled the original date – thankfully, York City Rowing Club were able to put the event on a fortnight later and with a few changes around, we got crews racing!

Our Club Treasurer Rob braved the single and raced in Novice and IM3 singles, giving him his first race in the 1x in a while and acqu10858116_337474909771010_7979943398082065452_nitted himself well in both the first and third divisions.

While we had to scratch a couple of our double sculls crews due to the new event date, Max and Oscar carried on in their double sculls. Having sculled together for a while, this was an opportunity for them to race competitively together for the first time.


For Max and Oscar it was a good learning curve, giving them some good racing experience and the chance to see what winter racing was all about.

10406845_337834789735022_5346879374816905600_nFinally we got the junior girls out racing. Our junior girls group had been growing steadily and it was time for them to get some racing under their belt. The girls quad of Amy, Katy, Bella and Jodie (having only started rowing a few months earlier), coxed by Club Secretary and Coach Charlotte did incredibly well given that they had no time in a quad. Again a steep learning curve but great experience for the girls.


Overall a great day out for Hull Kingston Rowing Club with some fantastic experience for all of our scullers. A huge thanks as always to Dave Wilkinson for his support getting people on and off the water and transporting equipment and a huge thanks to York City Rowing Club and Bradford Amateur Rowing Club for the loan of boats to help us race.

Membership fees

At the Extraordinary General Meeting in October, the new club committee was asked by the club members to look at the membership rates going forward.

It was accepted that the current membership rates for Juniors and Adults was not reflective for a club which wished to grow and also faced new costs due to rent and facility hire.

The club committee examined the best options which would allow the membership rates to remain competitive locally, at a price which would not prohibit people from joining and also allow the club to increase revenue into the club. In addition to this, the club committee was asked to examine ways of encouraging people to take up British Rowing membership (which for a Gold membership for adults is £53 per year).

It was decided to encourage people to take up British Rowing Gold and Silver memberships by the club including the membership into the club fees.

If you go to the memberships page you will find the new membership fees, effective immediately.

Should people have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Rob Aitken, the Club Treasurer.

York Small Boats Head – cancelled

Sadly York Small Boats Head has been cancelled meaning that the crews will have to wait a little longer before we get out there and race competitively.

Hopefully the event will be rescheduled and our crews will be able to go out and race on the Ouse soon.

Hull Kingston Rowing Club would like to thank both York City Rowing Club and Mark Edwards from Bradford Amateur Rowing Club for the generous loan of boats for the event to help us race.