Durham Regatta volunteers needed

Preparations for this year’s Durham Regatta, which takes place over the weekend of June 13th and 14th, are moving into full swing. Regatta Chairman Nigel van Zwanenberg yesterday unveiled the Regatta’s first charity partner – Row2Recovery.

Founder members of Durham Regatta include the University of Durham, Durham School and Durham Boat Club, known today as Durham Amateur Rowing Club. The Regatta, first staged in 1834, originated as a parade of boats in celebration of Wellington’s victory over Napoleon in 1815 at the Battle of Waterloo, so the partnership with Row2Recovery, a charity that combines the armed forces with rowing, is highly appropriate.

Row2Recovery’s flagship partner Gateshead Community Rowing Club, will be hosting a stand at this year’s Regatta and will be entering adaptive teams.

This year’s plans also include some re-enactment races, recalling the style of racing from the 1830s and 40s, and volunteers are being sought to take part in these!


RE-ENACTMENT RACES WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 1.30 AND 2.30pm ON THE SATURDAY (13TH JUNE) – note all other racing will stop during this period.

We need

  1. Scullers for a Skiffs race (in Brown’s boats) using old sculling blades and wearing authentic rowing kit – 6 to 9 people needed. Please sign up with you contact details
  2. Paddlers for a “Wear Scurry Race” – this will probably be in punts, using miners’ shovels – and you will need to dress up as 19th century miners! 12 – 16 people needed. Please sign up with your contact details

Obviously there will be advice on dress, a briefing, and a dry run, sorry, that should read a wet run, nearer the time.

Volunteers should sign up on the list on the notice board at DARC.
Any questions should be directed to Andy Jaggard (ajaggard@btinternet.com ) or Nigel van Zwanenberg (chairman@durham-regatta.org.uk).