Eastbourne Rowing Club’s 150th year anniversary season finished in style as they enjoyed success at the South Coast Rowing Championships.
Captain Joe Guppy’s innovative recruitment programme introduced a group of his river rowing colleagues to the challenges of coastal rowing. Their presence at the club enabled many of our long standing members achieve wins and in some cases, elevation to a higher racing status.
Appreciating the harsher conditions of coastal rowing, they quickly adapted and slotted into crews to help gain many wins and places for the club. They dedicated a great deal of time to training and qualifying for Eastbourne’s first ever entry into the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta.
Coached by Henley winner Colin Guppy, they put up a fierce challenge to the seeded crew from Bayer Levekusen losing by just a length, their losing time quicker than many other qualifying times. The final event of the year took place at the South Coast Rowing Championships at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor.
The club’s selected championship crew put up a strong challenge in the Vet 40+ coxed four and came in fifth place amongst the pack, separated by only a canvass.
In the Open Senior Event, Eastbourne rowed to a convincing win over the 2000 metre course. Club chairman, Bob Noakes, praised the commitment, dedication and application from both the athletes and the support crew throughout the year.
The club will now take it’s autumn break when the boats are relocated to our winter water training site and the boathouse is set up for gym work.
They re-open in the first week of October. Follow on Facebook or the club’s website eastbournerc.co.uk