Monthly Archives: May 2017

Chester-le-Street Regatta 2017

Durham ARC had 22 entries (12 Juniors, 4 in Senior events and 6 Masters) racing over 900m at Chester-le-Street Regatta in bright but breezy conditions on April 30th, the regatta being held this year on Sunday to avoid a clash with York Spring Regatta, which took place on Saturday. With some 320 entries overall it proved to be one of Chester-le-Street’s best supported events ever.

This was the first regatta of the season for the Northern Region and the first to be held under British Rowing’s new Competition Framework. Under the new system, a banding classification is applied to well subscribed events with the aim of achieving closer racing. Several events were sub-divided into B1 and B2 bands, with Ranking Index points awarded dependent on finishing position. The system is being phased in during 2017 and will become fully operational for the 2018 regatta season.

DARC entries included J13 2x and 4x+, J14 1x and 4x+, WJ14 2x (B1), J15 4x+ and 2x (B2), WJ15 2x (B1), Women’s 4+, Women’s 4x+, Women’s 2x, Masters 1x (B2), Masters A 4x+, Masters D 2x, Women’s Masters D 2x and Masters G 1x.

It was a successful day with the new combinations of David Muse and Andy Jaggard winning the Masters D double, and Kim Forster and Gabrielle Moore winning the women’s masters D double. Emily Hanscam and Ruth Hodges won the women’s 2x and Andy Jaggard the masters G 1x. Other wins came in the J15 2x and masters A 4x+.

Full results are on the Chester-le-Street Regatta page.

Hope in GB team for Munich

British Rowing today announced the team to represent Great Britain at the International Deutschen Ruderverbandes (DRV) – German Rowing Association – Junior Regatta in Munich over the weekend of May 6th and 7th. The 32-strong team includes Hope Cessford of Durham ARC.

Around 900 athletes from 16 nations, aged between 15 and 18 will take part in the regatta, organised by World Rowing, with strong contingents from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as well as Great Britain.

Hope who is coached at Durham by Gordon Beattie first represented GB at the World Junior Championships in Rotterdam last August in the women’s pair along with Lauren Irwin, then of Chester-le-Street ARC. Hope is the northern region’s only representative in the squad for Munich. Lauren, who now represents Durham University Boat Club, won a silver medal in the women’s four last weekend at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Regatta in Nottingham.

The Munich regatta takes place on the course used for the 1972 Olympics and comes two weeks before the Junior European Championships in Krefeld, Germany.