Monthly Archives: May 2018

National Schools Regatta 2018

DARC’s Juniors squad sent two entries to the National Schools’ Regatta over the weekend of May 25th to 27th 2018. Taking place for the second year at Eton Dorney it is the largest junior rowing regatta in the United Kingdom, offering 6-lane racing to competitors from 14 to 18 years of age. 

The event was established in 1947 and attracts over 5000 competitors each year over the 3 days of racing. With numbers increasing annually J14 and J15 events take place on Friday, followed by Championship events on Saturday and Sunday.

The J15 boys’ coxed quad of Matthew Harrison, Dominic Crilley, Ben Brown and Thomas Taylor, coxed by Ellen Eames (pictured left), was one of 61 entries in their event and finished 30th in the time trial, completing the 1000 metre course in 3m 35.06s.

From an entry of 26 the J14 girls octuple then secured a 12th place finish in their time trial, completing the 1000 metres in 3m 47.53s. This put them into the B final later the same day, where the crew of Georgia Abbott, Alice Davies, Miriam Stewart, Ruby Coe, Lydia Kind, Niamh Lang, Ellie Goad, Amy Slater + cox Libby Morris (top) took 4th place (10th place overall) in a time of 3m 40.46s.

Results and video footage of the WJ14 8x+ final can be found here, while the J15 4x+ time trial results and video are here.


Durham City Regatta 2018

An entry of over 450 meant a busy weekend for the Club at Durham City Regatta on May 12th and 13th. Conditions were ideal and a healthy turnout of spectators drawn by the Spring sunshine was able to witness some exciting racing.

Durham ARC had an excellent return of 17 wins from 59 entries, with 10 on Saturday and 7 on Sunday, ranging in age from WJ13 to Masters G and covering every boat size.

As well as a strong contingent from the host club and schools and clubs across the northern region there was the usual fierce competition between the Durham colleges, with Collingwood College winning both the senior eight and senior coxed four, and also good representation from Yorkshire clubs with Doncaster, York and Bradford to the fore.

The J13 girls (Libby Morris, Tilly Stoddard, Violet Elliiott, Alice Chilvers + cox Francesca Suggett) won their coxed quad on Saturday and then Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddard also won the WJ13 double on Sunday.

The J15 boys double and J14 girls double both won on Sunday, while the J18 boys double won on Saturday.  

The Masters squad had a successful time with Andy Jaggard winning the MasG single on both days, and the WMasE coxless quad of Nicola Field, Linda Forwood, Vickie Jackson and Julie Kitson winning on both days.

There were more wins for the Masters Women on Saturday in single sculls with Kim Forster winning at WMasC and Joyce Collett at WMasF.

The MasD 8+ won on Saturday and another Masters G win went to John Appleby and Micky Stevens in the double sculls.

There was a first regatta win for the WMasF quad of Alison Shepherd, Sue Lyons, Jane Auster and Kalpana Ganatra, with John Lyons winning his first medal as a cox. Another Sunday win went to Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin in the MasD double.

The Senior men’s Intermediate coxless quad of Joe Owen, Nick Spong, Nicholas Baird and David Rutter won on Saturday, as did the Intermediate double of Nicholas Baird and David Rutter.

The performance across the board bodes well for the coming season as crews prepare for Tees, Wansbeck and Hexham Regattas in the coming weeks before focusing on Durham Regatta on June 9th and 10th.

All the results from Saturday and Sunday are available. Also see website for latest list of  results.

The senior squad is keen to recruit new members both male and female. If you are interested please email the Captain at

We are also offering Learn to Row courses over the summer. To express an interest please email

Crews wanted for Allcomers Regatta

Sunday July 15th has been set as the date for the 2018 Durham City Allcomers Regatta, an event for those who haven’t rowed before, and crews are needed!

Entries are invited for our annual fun regatta, racing in stable coxed fours over a short course on the River Wear. All you need to do is gather together 4 people to form a crew.

Entry is £80 per crew. Cox and coach will be provided by the club, as will all equipment, including a boat!

So how does it work?

  • Crews race over a 300-metre course
  • One experienced rower permitted per crew
  • Male, female and mixed crews can take part
  • Four practice sessions in advance of the day
  • Each crew is guaranteed at least 2 races
  • Previous Allcomers winners count as experienced
  • Unsuccessful competitors can re-enter

Entries close on Wednesday July 4th.

Further details can be found on the Allcomers page and on the flyer, so ask your friends to form a crew.

Entry forms will be available soon so start planning now.

Enquiries by email to or telephone 0191 3866431.