Regatta season makes cautious start

A month into the relaxation of lockdown measures most members are enjoying the return to rowing and the gym has reopened for personal exercise, while the beer garden and caravan site have resumed business and are starting to bring in much needed income. The summer regatta season traditionally starts in April following the Boat Race.[…]

Silver for Roger at World Rowing Indoor Championships

Roger Stainforth of Durham ARC rounded off another successful indoor rowing season with a magnificent silver medal-winning performance in the finals of the 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships held between February 23rd and 27th. The Championships attracted 935 finalists from 63 countries who over the preceding three months had come through five Continental Qualifiers to[…]

Club closure for Lockdown 3

The Prime Minister announced on the evening of January 4th that nationwide restrictions in light of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases will come into effect immediately. The club is therefore now closed in order to follow the Government’s National Lockdown rules. All access to the club building and boathouse will be closed and the key[…]

2021 starts in Tier 4

In response to a rapid rise in infections attributed to the spread of a new variant of Covid-19 the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a new Local Alert Level Tier 4 (Stay at Home) on December 19th 2020. The next UK Government review of Tiers on December 30th moved the whole of the North[…]

AGM takes place via Zoom

2020 has been a year of firsts and the Club’s first virtual Annual General Meeting was another. Expected to have taken place in July the lengthy delay was unavoidable because of the lockdown and enforced closure of the clubhouse, so the only option was for it to take place online as has become the norm[…]

Club set to reopen after second lockdown

On December 1st MPs backed the introduction of the tougher system of Covid-19 tiers for England, announced by the Government on November 26th, which placed the north-east into the Very High alert level Tier 3 as the second national lockdown ended on December 2nd, having entered it in the High alert level Tier 2. As[…]

Clive Hole 1940-2020

Tributes have been flooding in from the rowing community in memory of long time member Clive Hole who died on Thursday, October 29th at the age of 80 following a short illness. Clive was a true gentleman and an endearing character whose interests were many and varied He lived life to the full, devoting much[…]

Winter timetable introduced

As the clocks go back and the hours of daylight shorten the club has made some changes to the timetables for members using indoor training facilities as well as to on-water schedules, so as to accommodate as many members as possible within Covid-19 guidelines. Eights can now return to use and on Saturday, October 24th,[…]

Learn to Row courses 2020

The first of the Club’s Learn to Row courses this year was completed successfully in September. The course has had to adopt a different approach from that of previous years because of Covid-19 restrictions, and coach Tim Morris has therefore devised a series of 2-hour sessions using the club’s Glide One single sculling boats that[…]

Cancellation of Autumn Small Boats Head and LDS Series

Following the cancellation of Durham Autumn Sprint Regatta on September 26th the club has taken the decision not to go ahead with Durham Autumn Small Boats Head which was scheduled for November 7th 2020. There were a number of reservations about the feasibility of staging such an event during the Covid-19 pandemic, including the need[…]

Partial river closure

We have had confirmation that the river will be closed under New Elvet Bridge from September 1st to September 30th 2020. All rowers will therefore have to turn after Baths Bridge and will not be allowed to proceed any further. There may be days where we can row through Elvet Bridge but we are not[…]

Virtual Regatta results 2020

Durham City Virtual Regatta

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of innovative methods for engaging the club’s membership and providing fun activities to maintain interest among members. The Club’s first Virtual Regatta took place on Sunday, May 10th with participation restricted to past and present members and their families. The regatta involved competitors taking part in timed[…]

Cambridge University Lightweight crew 2020

Lightweight Boat Race 2020

Members were delighted to hear of the selection of Durham ARC alumnus Matthew Edge in the Cambridge University Eight for the Lightweight Boat Race, to be raced on the Tideway between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on Sunday March 15th. Now in his second year at Cambridge Matthew is the youngest member of the[…]