Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Grape Escape

On August 23rd twenty members enjoyed a wine tasting evening at the club hosted by Chris Merchant.

The convivial social gathering which involved sampling a selection of 6 wines from around the world proved to be a great success. Food was provided in the form of tapas style nibbles while Chris gave an insight into each of the wines to help guests decide on their favourite, with an opportunity to enjoy it later at their leisure.

A good time was had by all!

Rowing the Tyne for Stroke Association

Thirteen of DARC’s daytime members are combining with rowers from Tees and Stourport RC to enter three mixed quads for the Great Tyne Row on September 2nd while raising funds for a good cause.

‘We wanted to use the occasion to raise funds for a worthy cause, and as all of us has a family member or friend whose life has been affected as a result of a stroke we decided to adopt the Stroke Association as our chosen charity’ said Vaughan Gordon, one of the crew members.

Roger Bean of Stourport recovered from the stroke he had in 1997 but was fortunate enough to make a good recovery which allowed him to complete the Great Tyne Row for the first time in 2014, also following heart surgery.

Another member taking part is Victoria Dektereff of Tees RC, who started rowing as a means of getting her life back on track after suffering a stroke in 2009.

The Great Tyne Row is arranged by the Northern Rowing Council and takes place annually over 25km of the River Tyne between Newburn and Tynemouth.

For further details see http://www.greattynerow.com/

Team members including Chris Merchant, Colin Lawson, Jane Auster, Kalpana Ganatra, Nicola Field, Caroline Scholl, Dave Green, Steve Auster, Vaughan Gordon, Victoria Dektereff, Clive Hole, Elizabeth Judson, Linda James, Roger Bean and Sue Lyons hope to raise £1000 for the charity.

All donations will be gratefully appreciated. To support the team please sign the list on the Club notice board or see their JustGiving page on https://www.justgiving.com/teams/darcgtr

Record entry for Bled

DARC Masters rowers are making final preparations for the World Rowing Masters Championships, this year taking place at Lake Bled, Slovenia between September 6th and 10th.

Known as one of the most beautiful rowing courses in the world Bled is ready to welcome a record entry of 6376 rowers from 861 clubs from around the world.

With entries in 62 events the DARC contingent of 36 rowers occupying 154 racing seats is easily twice the number catered for before.

Entries over the 5 days include –

Wednesday – Masters A 1x, F 1x, D 2x, E 4+, B 8+, Women’s Masters D 2x, W C 4+, W E 8+

Thursday –  H 1x, E 2-, F 2x, F 4-, G 4x-, G 8+, W C 1x, W F 1x, W D 4+, W E 4x-

Friday – E 1x, G 2x, F 4x-, F 8+, W D 1x, W C 4x-, W F 4x-

Saturday – B 1x, G 1x, C 2x, E 2x, D 4x-, F 4+, G 4+, H 8+, W B 1x, W E 1x, W G 1x, W F 2x, W D 4x-

Traditionally Sunday is reserved for mixed races with entries drawn during the course of the Championships. DARC has entered for the Mixed Masters B, E, F and G 2x, and C and G 4x.

Draw details and times can be found here.

Watch a video of the F/G 8+ training on the Wear, and find out more about the squads on the Masters page.

Gateshead visit

DARC rowers maintained links with neighbouring clubs by accepting an invitation to visit Gateshead Community Rowing Club for a social visit on August 17th. A group of 11 daytime rowers enjoyed a first outing rowing along the River Derwent in a selection of Gateshead’s expanding fleet of boats before a BBQ at the new clubhouse.

Since the club was formed in 2014 Gateshead has relocated a short distance along the Tyne from the Sea Cadets building at Derwenthaugh Marina which was its base at the time of the launch of Harry Clasper. They are now fortunate to enjoy access to the River Derwent as well as the Tyne.

Several clubs in the Northern Region and beyond have developing recreational groups who enjoy visiting one another and networking. See our recreational events page for more about activities in which we take part. We look forward to continued good relations.

Visit to Yarm

The summer months are an ideal opportunity for recreational rowing, with visits, tours and similar challenges offering the chance to share a common interest while developing links between clubs.

For the third year a group of daytime rowers from DARC accepted an invitation from Tees RC to join them for the annual 25km row from Stockton to Yarm and back. On Tuesday August 8th 10 of the daytime rowers from DARC joined a group of 48 for the round trip organised this time by Len Small from Tees. Crews were formed to combine members of the two clubs and Tees kindly allowed us to use their fine and stable boats to avoid the need for unnecessary trailering.

After a dry start conditions deteriorated for the return journey but the weary rowers were rewarded on their return with an excellent 3 course BBQ lunch prepared by Julian Bunn of Tees RC.

The DARC contingent included Clare Staines, Nicola Field, Paddy Deans, Caroline Scholl, Jane Auster, Margaret Richardson, Colin Lawson, Vaughan Gordon, Dave Green and Steve Auster.

DARC into the lead at Tynemouth

After the July round was cut short by windy conditions on the Tyne, the sixth round of the Explore Series was back on track for the sixth round at Tynemouth on August 6th. The Tynemouth round is always one of the most eagerly anticipated of the season, with challenging conditions guaranteed. After last year’s cancellation this year certainly lived up to expectations for the 14 crews taking over the 300 metre sprint along the harbour wall.

With some very close contests it was a good day for the 3 DARC crews, A Shot in the Darc and Wear Well Away both winning 3 races, and Green Shoots winning 2 as well as being involved in a dead heat.

This took A Shot in the Darc (above) ahead of Wine on the Tyne (from Tyne ARC) to move into overall lead in the women’s league with 36 points with their closest rivals now on 31. Green Shoots move ahead of Tynemouth into 5th on 19.5 points. Wear Well Away retain 2nd place in the open league on 34, two points behind Hextraordinary (Hexham RC), a healthy situation with two rounds remaining.

Tynemouth RC provided their usual excellent hospitality for crews and spectators, and the wet weather held off just long enough to complete all the races.

The next round is a sweep-oar splash & dash event at Chester-le-Street on September 10th.

League tables after round 6 – and Tynemouth results below

 

World Junior Championships, Lithuania 2017

Hope Cessford of Durham ARC was the northern region’s only representative in the Great Britain squad at the World Rowing Junior Championships at Trakai, Lithuania recently. Hope rowed at bow in the junior women’s coxless four along with Flo Donald (Lea RC), Mary Wright (Henley RC) and Charlotte Fennell (Marlow RC).

With 17 nations competing in their event the GB four finished second in heat 1 on Thursday August 3rd, behind the eventual champions Croatia, which qualified them automatically for the semi-finals on Saturday along with Romania, USA, China and Poland. Qualifiers from Thursdays heats were joined in the semi-finals by crews progressing from Friday’s repechage.

In the second of two semi-finals GB finished 4th behind China and USA, with New Zealand only edging them out by 0.6sec from the 3rd place that would have qualified them for the A final. This put GB into the B final which took place at 7.30am on Sunday 6th.

The GB four won the B final, completing the 2000 metre course in 7.15.38, beating Italy, Greece, France, Germany and the Netherlands, ranking them 7th in the world in the event.

Results of the B final and all finals.

Photos courtesy of FISA.

It was a very successful championships for Great Britain, who finished 2nd in the medal table with two gold, one silver and one bronze medals, as described in British Rowing’s report.

River Wear Tour 2017

On Sunday July 30th eight members from Durham ARC enjoyed a day out a few miles downstream on the tidal reach of the River Wear, taking part in the third annual tour of the City of Sunderland. This is arranged by City of Sunderland Rowing Club with the support of the Northern Rowing Council and takes place in coxed stable boats as required by British Rowing.

Eleven boats took part from 6 clubs, starting and finishing at South Hylton and rowing 20km upstream past Cox Green to the Victoria Railway Viaduct and returning for some crew changes before continuing downstream to the Glass Centre and Port of Sunderland.

A new feature this year was the new Wear Crossing, under construction and scheduled to open in 2018. Other sights along the route include the Cretehauser, a concrete tug abandoned since 1942, the Shipwrights pub, Nissan factory, Washington Wetlands Centre, Hylton Bridge, Wearmouth Bridge and Rail Bridge, the Queen Alexandra Bridge, Stadium of Light and the University of Sunderland.

With fine if breezy conditions Kapana Ganatra, Chris Merchant, Caroline Scholl, Paddy Deans, Colin Lawson, Vaughan Gordon, Louise Forster and Steve Auster from DARC were joined by Josie and Victoria from Tees RC to provide sufficient rowers and coxes for DARC’s 2 coxed quads to enjoy a lovely day. After landing and derigging we gathered with members from Sunderland, Gateshead, Tynemouth and Talkin Tarn for a BBQ provided by the host club.

A reciprocal arrangement between daytime rowers from Tees and DARC has been in place for some time with regular exchange visits taking place over a number of years, the most recent visit being on July 20th when Tees visited for an outing and lunch. The clubs will also be sharing members for the row to Yarm in August and the Great Tyne Row in September.  

Touring is very friendly and is promoted by British Rowing which provides online learning resources  to help anyone who wants to organise a tour. BR’s Recreational Rowing Committee supports several tours already and encourages clubs to organise more. Recreational rowing was in existence long before the concept of competitive rowing as a sport.

Al Johnston went along and has shared his usual collection of super photos.

Thanks to Caroline for organising crews, Vaughan for driving and towing the trailer, City of Sunderland Rowing Club for organising the event and everyone else who took part or contributed.