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[…]

Junior Formal Dinner

The third annual formal dinner for the Junior squad and coaches took place on January 4th 2020. Organised by the Junior Captains Adam Morris, Ella Sampson, Matthew Harrison and Ella Metcalfe the 3 course meal celebrated the successes of 2019 and got the new year off to a flying start, with awards presented by the[…]

A successful year over, many yet to come

The passing of another year, and depending on your point of view, another decade, allows for some reflection on what has passed and what is yet to come. Although successful 2019 has been a mixed year, with only 2 out of 6 competitive events scheduled on the River Wear actually taking place, Durham Regatta, Durham[…]

Community Coach vacancy

Durham Amateur Rowing Club is seeking an enthusiastic Community Coach to provide co-ordination and coaching for our Learn to Row and community rowing sessions for both adults and juniors. Full information and job description are available on our website at https://www.durham-arc.org.uk/about-us/jobs/   The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st October.

Junior Championship medals presented

Two months after the British Rowing Junior Championships the J14 girls have at last received the medals they won for the double sculls omnium. The Chairman of the BR Junior Championships, Chris Callow, travelled up to Durham from Bedford last week to present Libby Morris and Tilly Stoddart with the bronze medals they won at[…]

James Snowball medals with GB Eight

Former Durham ARC Junior James Snowball was selected to represent Great Britain in the Men’s Eight for the European Under 23 Championships at Ioannina, Greece on September 7th and 8th. James (front, front second right) now competes for Oxford Brookes University, with whom he won in the eight in the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley[…]

Former DARC Chairman Allan Pratt (1925-2019)

The family of Allan Pratt reported his death in Nottinghamshire at the age of 94 on August 15th 2019. Allan was a civil engineer by profession and served as Chairman of Durham ARC between 1965 and 1971, during which time he was one of the driving forces behind the relocation of the Club’s facilities from[…]

Trip up the Tees 2019

On August 6th Tees Rowing Club played host to 14 members from Durham ARC who joined them for the annual 25km social row up the Tees to Yarm and back followed by a sumptuous BBQ back at the River Tees Watersports Centre. Tees were joined by Ally Barr from Lakeland and three quads and a[…]

International selection for alumni

Two former Durham ARC Juniors are included in the 50-strong Under-23 squad selected by British Rowing to represent Great Britain at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships at Sarasota Bradenton, Florida on July 24th to 28th. James Snowball will row in the men’s pair and Hope Cessford in the women’s coxless four. James Snowball is selected[…]

Durham ARC wins again

A long serving Club boat has been brought out of semi-retirement to enjoy renewed success. In March 1983 a new carbon fibre coxed four named “Durham ARC” was bought by the club from Janousek Racing Boats. This was at a time when most racing boats were wooden in construction, with many of those used in[…]

Farewell to Keith Yates

Today we said farewell to one of the club’s most successful competitors of the 1950s and 1960s at a small ceremony when the ashes of Keith Yates were scattered in the River Wear by his widow Anne. Keith was the cox of DARC’s first four between 1958 to 1962 during the period when they achieved[…]

Senior Men’s squad looking to expand

The DARC Senior Men’s Squad is looking to expand after a successful racing season, and we are happy to accept novice and experienced rowers – get in touch via email if you are interested in joining us for the 2019/20 season. We accept rowers throughout the year, and people new to the sport (those who[…]

Junior training camp to Banyoles 2019

In April this year 17 rowers and 4 coaches flew to Catalonia for a week of hardcore training and a lot of fun. There was plenty of work but lots of fun too and just enough drama to keep everyone on their toes. Each day we had access to 2 coxless quads, a brand-new coxless[…]

Boat Race weekend

Boat Race Day generally marks the end of the winter head racing season and the start of the summer sprint regatta season. This year’s races took place on Sunday April 7th, and while most media attention was focused on James Cracknell becoming the oldest competitor in the Boat Race’s 165 year history, Cambridge took the[…]

Learn to Row in 2019

Dates of Learn to Row courses for Adults in 2019 have been published. Our first course starts on Sunday April 28th and will take place each Sunday thereafter for 8 weeks between 11.30am and 1.30pm. The course is for age 16+ beginners, and no experience of rowing is necessary. The cost is £95. To apply[…]

The Big Pink Ergo 100km challenge

There’s been no time for resting on his laurels for DARC’s Roger Stainforth since celebrating a fifth success at the British Rowing Indoor Championships in December. Never one to forego a challenge Roger’s latest endeavour stemmed from a chance conversation at the Burns Night supper which led to him gathering together a team for the[…]

Keith Yates

Durham Regatta has lost one of its most loyal servants following the death of long time commentator Keith Yates at the age of 79. Many will remember Keith as the voice of the Regatta for over 40 years. Although originally from Langley Moor he spent much of his life in the Midlands, returning to Durham[…]

Touring rowers visit

On Monday, October 29th we welcomed John and Caroline Turnbull from Weyfarers Rowing Club and British Rowing’s Recreational Rowing Committee, who joined the daytime rowers for a paddle before retiring to the clubhouse for soup and bacon sandwiches prepared by Gene and helpers, where they addressed members about the virtues of rowing tours. John and[…]

Additions to the fleet named

Around 120 members of the Junior, Senior and Masters squads gathered on Sunday September 16th for the naming of the club’s three new boats, a Stampfli quad ‘Darc Side of the Moon’ and double ‘Darc Legacy’, and a Janousek quad ‘Great White Darc’, whose purchase has been funded in part from the bequest of former[…]

Rowing the Canal du Midi

Rowers from Durham ARC took part in the 37th Rallye du Canal du Midi in August, an annual rowing tour taking in 200km of the Canal du Midi in Southern France. Now a World Heritage Site the Canal is a marvel of 17th century engineering, the work of engineer Pierre-Paul Riquet, connecting the Bay of[…]

BR Tour on the Upper Thames

The annual British Rowing Tour took place over the weekend of August 31st to September 2nd 2018. Being the 25th tour gave added cause for celebration for all those taking part, none more so than John and Caroline Turnbull from Weyfarers RC, chair and secretary of BR’s Recreational Rowing Committee, who first took on responsibility[…]