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Henley Women’s Regatta 2019

DARC’s senior squad was represented at Henley Women’s Regatta by Grace Stewart-Piercy and Gabrielle Maxfield in the Aspirational double sculls. The pair took part in the time trial over 1500 metres of the famous Henley reach on Friday June 21st. With only 16 to qualify for the knock-out phase of the competition they were unlucky to be placed 22nd, missing out qualification by only 5 seconds.

Results of the time trials can be found here.

There is video footage of the time trials on YouTube with the DARC crew appearing just under 3 hours in.

The three day event is the most important rowing competition for women in the UK and each year attracts competitors from around the world.

The squad also had some success at York Summer Regatta on Sunday June 23rd, including a win in the Women’s double sculls, with the men’s coxless quad reaching the final of the Open 4x- and the Open coxed four reaching the semi-final in the band 1 event.

Photo by Margie Stewart-Piercy.

Medals at British Rowing Masters

Durham ARC had 22 crews among the 444 from 81 clubs across the UK entered for the British Rowing Masters Championships on June 15th and 16th. The venue at Strathclyde Park was a departure from the usual Nottingham and although conditions were variable the Scottish welcome certainly met with the approval of competitors who attended, though numbers were down on recent years, perhaps because of some being deterred by the long journey north and favouring other competitions further south.

DARC returned with 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal over the two days, most success coming on Saturday in the championship sculling events.

The first gold on Saturday came in the Women’s Masters F 2x for Gill Prescott and Eva Rankin (of Loch Lomond RC) who repeated their success at the same event last year. The pair were then joined by DARC’s Helen McMillan and an X-Press composite to take a silver medal in the Women’s MasD/E 4x-. Two other DARC crews were in the same final, the WMasD 4x- of Susan Jackson, Aisling Dutton, Gabrielle Moore and Clare Woodward (below) taking 3rd place and a bronze medal, while the WMasE quad of Nicola Field, June Davison, Vickie Jackson and Julie Kitson finished 7th.

Another silver medal went to Sam English, John Lyons, Christine Heppell and Richard Court (pictured top) in the Mixed Masters D/F 4x-.

The most exciting race of the day came in the Masters G/H handicap coxless quad which produced a dead heat between the DARC MasG crew of David Walker, Paul Rutter, John Appleby and John Watkinson who overhauled the handicap to dead heat for second place against their old adversaries (Tony Stocking, Ralph Pickles, Bob Bainbridge and Chris Kenyon) in the Tees RC MasH quad, both finishing 4 seconds adrift of a Dart Totnes, Exeter and Upper Thames composite. The DARC and Tees crews were both awarded silver medals.

For the purposes of the Victor Ludorum trophy gold medals are awarded in championship events with at least 2 entries, silver in events with 4 or more and bronze medals are awarded where 6 or more compete. In non-championship races only the winners receive medals.

Sunday is predominantly the day when non-championship events are scheduled. Only individuals who have not previously won a gold medal in the same discipline at Championship level are eligible to enter non-championship events.

Sweep-oar events also got underway on Sunday with a 4th place finish for the DARC/Blue Star MasG 4+ and a 5th for the MasF 4+.

Two DARC Masters E doubles qualified for the final of the MasD/F non-championship Intermediate 2x. Paul Rutter and David Heppell finished 2nd, and Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin 6th.

The Women’s Masters E 8+ finished 4th in the final of the WMasE/F 8+ handicap.

The only medal success on Sunday was a gold for the Mixed Masters F 8+ (Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Sarah Rutter, Angela Lund, John Watkinson, Paul Rutter, David Heppell and John Appleby, coxed by Nigel van Zwanenberg) who won the final of the MxdMasD/F 8+ handicap against London Otters.

There were other good performances in non-championship races but without further medal success.

Full results for both days can be found on the Rowresuts website.

The top 3 places in the overall Victor Ludorum went to –

1 Star Club
2 St Andrew
3 Stirling and York


Victor Ludorum at Hexham

Traditionally held the weekend before Durham Regatta, Hexham Regatta proved very successful for DARC, returning with two Victor Ludorum awards for the best overall results and the best results in Masters races. George Watson’s College took the Victor Ludorum for Juniors.

Ten hours of racing over three divisions on the River Tyne produced wins in 10 events and plenty of good performances from the 35 crews and scullers entered by the club.

Winners were

J13 4x+ – Lucas Walker, Tom Pfetscher, James Bruce, Eshaan Singh and cox Oliver Davison

J16 4x- – Thomas Taylor, Dominic Crilley, Tom Brumwell and Oliver Beattie

WJ16 4x- – Ella Sampson, Ella Metcalfe, Nathalie Einbeck and Madalyn Elmer

J17 1x – Adam Morris

WJ17 1x – Honor Cessford

Open 2- band 2 – Dan Pearson and John Roxborough

Women’s 4+ band 1 – Becky Chilcott, Kate Sowden, Heather Tosley, Sarah Buist and cox Diana Stserbakova

MasE 2x – Paul Rutter and David Heppell

WMasE 4x- – Julie Kitson, Carole McCarthy, Linda Forwood and Nicola Field

MasH 4x- – John Appleby, Philip Stephenson, Derek Gordon and Barry Hudson

We look forward to continued success over the coming weeks. After Durham Regatta on June 8th and 9th will be 

Juniors shine at National Schools’ Regatta

Durham ARC had 4 entries in the National Schools’ Regatta (NSR) at Eton Dorney over the weekend of May 24th to 26th. The event is the biggest of the season for parents, coaches and Junior squads representing schools and clubs around the United Kingdom who have been training hard all year.

Established in 1947 it now takes place at the 2012 Olympic Rowing venue and attracts around 5000 competitors aged 14 to 18 each year. National Schools’ Regatta is a charitable trust run by a committee of volunteers and is a not for profit event.

Chairman, George Hammond and his committee are supported by over 100 NSR volunteers.  The team come from within the sport of rowing and the local community of Windsor and Slough. “NSR could not operate without the time and energy given so generously by every single volunteer” he pointed out.

As well as the racing, the NSR is all about parents, coaches and volunteers working together with their athletes in a supportive environment. There was even a Best Marquee Competition this year!

Competition takes place over 1000 metres for J14 and some J15 races on Friday, while J16 to J18s race over 2000 metres on Saturday and Sunday. Where numbers are appropriate time trials precede semi-finals and finals on the 8 lane course.  

First to go for DARC was the youngest crew, the J14 girls coxed quad of Jennifer Napora, Tilly Stoddart, Libby Morris, Orlagh Windle and cox Francesca Suggett, who finished 6th fastest out of 50 entries in the time trial on Friday morning and qualified for the A final on Friday evening where they were also 6th, the highest placed DARC crew of the weekend.

Next was the J15 boys coxed quad (in photo above by Ian Suggett) of Lewis Davison, Thomas Crabtree, Jacob Windle, Ellis Black and cox Thomas Woods who were 5th fastest in their time trial and went into the A/B semi-final on Friday afternoon, where they finished in 4th place, qualifying for the B final where they were placed 5th.

On Saturday the J15 girls 8+ of Amy Slater, Lydia Kind, Niamh Lang, Ruby Coe, Anna Airey, Georgia Powell, Miriam Stewart, Alice Davies and cox Eve Rich, who have had recent success in their first season of sweeping, placed 16th in the time trial for J15 girls 1st and 2nd 8+s.

On Sunday Adam Morris was one of 66 entries in the Championship single sculls contested over 2000 metres for the Sculls Cup, finishing 43rd in a very strong field in the time trial.

Everyone performed to the best of their ability and did themselves and the club proud.

Results for DARC are on the Time Team website, where results from all races can also be found.

Tees Regatta 2019

DARC had an excellent return of 9 wins from Tees Regatta on May 18th, plus 3 second place finishes on the 4-lane 850 metre  buoyed course, while other crews performed well in battling through semi-finals.

The Juniors did very well as they build up towards the National Schools’ Regatta at Eton Dorney next weekend. For the second week running the J15 girls won the Women’s 8+, this time against senior opposition from Leeds University, Teesside University and the host club Tees RC. Adam Morris had a successful day winning his semi-final in the J18 single sculls then holding off the Tees RC sculler to win the final by 2 lengths. A further win came from the J16 girls in the coxless quad.

There was a good win for the senior men in the Open 4+, and  John Roxborough and Dan Pearson repeated their success of last year in the Open pair, while the senior women’s coxed quad of Emily Hanscam, Hannah Gravatt, Clarissa Cahill, Vickie Sincock and cox Millie McIntyre recorded their first success of the season.

Gabrielle Maxfield and Grace Stewart-Piercy won their semi-final in band 1 of the Women’s double but had to settle for second place behind Tees RC in the final, while Nicholas Baird and David Rutter won through to the final of the Open 2x but lost out in a close finish between all four crews in the final.

Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin won the MasE 2x. Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Aisling Dutton and Susan Jackson won the WMasD 4x-, and the Women’s Masters E 8+ won their race against Tees RC.

Full results are on the Tees Regatta page.

DARC has four entries in the National Schools’ Regatta on May 24th to 26th.

The J15 boys 4x+ (Lewis Davison, Thomas Crabtree, Jacob Windle, Ellis Black and cox Thomas Woods) is one of 60 in time trial for the Creber Cup at 10am on Friday. The fastest 18 qualify for the semi-finals on Friday afternoon.

The J14 girls 4x+ (Jennifer Napora, Tilly Stoddart, Libby Morris, Orlagh Windle and cox Francesca Suggett) is one of 50 in the time trial for the Hunter Cup at 12.30pm on Friday.

The J15 girls 8+ (Amy Slater, Lydia Kind, Niamh Lang, Ruby Coe, Anna Airey, Georgia Powell, Miriam Stewart, Alice Davies and cox Eve Rich) go in the King and Picton Goblet at 8.20am on Saturday, and Adam Morris is one of 66 scullers in the Championship 1x for the Sculls Cup at 9.30am on Sunday.

A full list of entries and results can be found on the Time Team website.

The next regatta in the northern region is Wansbeck on May 25th.

Glorious weekend for Durham City Regatta 2019

The month between Durham City Regatta and Durham Regatta marks one of the busiest periods of the year for Durham ARC.

Durham City Regatta on May 11th and 12th attracted entries from schools, colleges and clubs around the northern region and from Yorkshire to the River Wear for the club’s annual home event, with Durham University colleges well represented. Over 400 races were contested by boats of all sizes over 700 metres on Saturday and 500 metres on Sunday.

DARC achieved a good haul of victories, winning 10 events on Saturday and 6 on Sunday.

Saturday produced some success in the double sculling events, including Jacob Windle and Thomas Crabtree in the J15 double, and in the senior races Grace Stewart-Piercy and Gabrielle Maxfield combined to take victory in the women’s band 2 double. The final of the Masters E double sculls was contested between two DARC crews, with Paul Rutter and David Heppell getting the verdict by three quarters of a length against Rob Coe and Martyn Calkin.

There were two wins for John Appleby, the first coming in combination with Micky Stevens, racing as Masters G against an old adversary in the form of the Tees RC Masters H double of Bob Bainbridge and Ralph Pickles, the DARC pair taking victory by a length. The second race in the single sculls was even closer with Appleby and Bainbridge racing one another from a level start as Masters H, the DARC veteran getting to the finish quarter of a length ahead.

The Women’s Masters DE coxless quad final also involved two DARC crews, with the D crew of Clare Woodward, Gabrielle Moore, Aisling Dutton and Susan Jackson overturning the masters time handicap to take the verdict by 2 lengths.

The senior men (Joe Owen, Brad Knights, Tom Richardson, Reece Stockport, Aidan Rome,  Tom Southworth, Nicholas Baird, David Rutter + cox Millie McIntyre) won the Open Senior 8+ band 2 after winning their semi-final against Collingwood College by three quarters of a length when opponents from University College then scratched from the final. The squad has been training hard for the regatta season in the eight and coxed fours and would welcome contact from anyone interested in joining them.

Two more wins for DARC came in senior women’s eights finals, the first going to the J15 girls (Georgia Powell, Anna Airey, Miriam Stewart, Amy Slater, Ruby Coe, Niamh Lang, Eve Rich, Aimee Liddy + cox Lucy Bisson), racing in the Women’s Novice 8+ and overcoming two college crews to gain their first sweep-oar victory, and the other going to the Women’s Masters E 8+ (Helen Adair, Clare Woodward, Susan Jackson, Gabrielle Moore, Sarah Rutter, Christine Heppell, Sam English, Angela Lund + cox Nigel van Zwanenberg) who, with no masters opposition, took victory against much younger opponents from Grey College in the Women’s Senior 8+ final on Saturday evening.

The Juniors enjoyed a better return on Sunday, claiming five of DARC’s six victories, including the J13 boys double and J13 coxed quad, and both the boys and girls J15 coxed quads. Jennifer Napora and Tilly Stoddart also won the J14 girls double sculls, while the Women’s Masters E double sculls was contested between 3 DARC crews with the victory going to Clare Woodward and Gabrielle Moore.

There was a notable double success over the weekend for Gill Prescott, along with Eva Rankin of Loch Lomond RC, who overcame York and Talkin Tarn over 700 metres to win the Women’s Masters F double sculls at Durham City on Saturday, before heading to Nottingham to race again over the 1000 metre course at an unusually placid Holme Pierrepont on Sunday in the Nottingham City and Masters Regatta, beating Henley Rowing Club to win the band 1 WMasF 2x and then teaming up with Birgith Sims and Caroline Willet from Kingston RC to win the band 1 WMasE 4x-, this time beating Eton Excelsior and Henley.

Full results from Durham City are available in pdf format for Saturday and Sunday races. Recent wins for Durham ARC are listed on the results page.

It was pleasing to receive much positive feedback from visiting clubs about their experience of Durham City Regatta which continues its popularity while providing the club with one of the its main sources of income each year.

The smooth and efficient running of the weekend is testament to the efforts of the many volunteers who played their part in making it happen, and the timely arrival of glorious spring weather certainly helped!

The rescheduling of the British Rowing Senior Championships at Nottingham so that it now falls on the same weekend as the National Masters Regatta only adds to the calendar congestion and creates difficult choices for competitors, as does a new event for Juniors, the Brandon-Bravo Regatta at Nottingham, plus the Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Park both scheduled for the same weekend as Durham Regatta.

The next competition in the northern region is Tees Regatta on May 18th, while, fresh from their Easter training camp at Banyoles, the J14 girls 4x+, J15 boys 4x+ and J15 girls 8+ will be looking to impress at the National Schools’ Regatta (NSR) at Eton Dorney on May 24th to 26th, where they will be joined by Adam Morris who will contest the Championship single sculls at the NSR.

Meanwhile Masters will be preparing for the National Masters Regatta, held this year at Strathclyde Park on June 15th and 16th.

With entries now open competitors of all ages will be looking in eager anticipation towards Durham Regatta on June 8th and 9th, when we hope for a repeat of last weekend’s fine weather.

Sunday League goes to Berwick

On May 5th the third round of the Sunday League visited British Rowing’s northern outpost at Berwick-on-Tweed, taking in the small clubhouse with its particularly scenic location overlooking the Tweed estuary and the Royal Border Bridge.

Eleven teams from the northern region joined one from Sheffield RC for a series of races in stable quads over a 200m course. DARC was represented by Close Encounters, a mixed crew taking part in the open league. Margaret, Maureen, Colin, Andrew and cox Caroline won 2 of their races to retain third place in the league.

The competition, now in its 8th season, is aimed at novice and recreational rowers and retired racers. Entry fees are very reasonable and boats are provided by the host club. All those taking part enjoy the challenge of racing but the main focus is on the camaraderie and social side of the event and the opportunity it provides to go to places that it would otherwise not be possible to visit.

The fourth round on June 2nd is the most exciting of the year with boating from the beach at Tynemouth. New teams are always welcome. Details of how to enter are on the Northern Rowing website.


Scottish Spring survives Storm Hannah

The sprint racing season stuttered into full swing at the weekend, the predicted effects of Storm Hannah putting paid to the Junior Inter Regional Regatta (JIRR) on Saturday, while further north Strathclyde Park was able to avoid the worst of the weather to enable the newly styled Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta to go ahead.

Fresh from their Easter training camp at the Barcelona Olympic lake in Banyoles, Spain, the Juniors will be disappointed at the cancellation of the JIRR, scheduled for the first time to take place on the 4 lane course at Peterborough. DARC crews had been selected to represent the Northern Region in 4 events, the J14 girls 4x+, J15 boys 4x+, J16 girls 4x- and J16 boys 4x- after coming through trials at Cambois Rowing Club in March.

The 2-day Scottish Spring Regatta (incorporating the Scottish Student Championships) attracted a strong field from Scotland, Ireland and the North of England to contest over 200 scheduled races, with the14 entries from DARC distributed evenly between Saturday and Sunday.

First in action on the 8-lane buoyed course on Saturday morning were Gabrielle Maxfield and Grace Stewart-Piercy coming 7th in the ‘Restricted 1’ 2x, and soon afterwards 5th in the Women’s Open 2x.

Next to race were Sam Taylor, Mark Humphries, David Dowsett and Adam Morris, finishing 6th in the J18 boys 4x- behind a strong Chester-le-Street quad.

Masters events got underway in the afternoon over a shorter 1000 metre course, Kim Forster and David Muse (top) putting in the performance of the day taking second place to Berwick in the Open Masters C double sculls. Shortly afterwards Kim took 4th place in the Women’s MasC 1x.

Adam Morris was in action again in a field of 20 scullers entered for the Open ‘Restricted 1’ 1x, finishing 4th in his heat and therefore failing to qualify for the final.

The senior men rounded off the day with a fifth place finish in the Open ‘Restricted 1’ coxed four for Nick Spong, David Rutter, Nicholas Baird, Reece Stockport and cox Kathryn Rogers.

Sunday morning started well for Adam Morris who came through heat 2 from a large field of 23 in the Open J18 single sculls to qualify for the semi-final, but a fourth place finish prevented him by just one place from qualifying for the final.

Success was to arrive thick and fast in the Masters events, David Muse finishing a close third behind Stirling in the MasAB 1x before John Appleby secured the first win of the weekend in the MasGH 1x.

Kim and David went one better than Saturday’s performance, holding off two Talkin Tarn crews to win the MasB ‘Restricted 2’ 2x. Race 379 included two DARC quads in the final of the MasFG 4x-, with the G crew of  Paul Rutter, David Walker, John Appleby and John Watkinson running out victors while the F crew of Gerry Sharpe, Michael Seed, David Oliver and George Adair finished a creditable 4th.

The day rounded off with 3rd place in the Open ‘Restricted 1’ 2x for David Rutter and Nicholas Baird, leaving DARC with a good haul of 3 first, 1 second and 2 third places over the weekend.

All the results can be found on the Rowresults website.

Strathclyde Park hosts the British Rowing Masters Championships this year on June 15th and 16th.

Success would not be possible without the efforts of an army of volunteers whose preparation and diligence enables events such as these to take place, and we should be most grateful for the time and effort they put in.

Congratulations go to former Junior squad members Harry Coe and Havana Tilly who have been a massive help to the J13 and J14 squads, and who recently completed their Level 2 Coaching qualifications. The development of new young coaches is a great asset to the Club.

As well as this six members have recently qualified as Level 2 Royal Yachting Association launch drivers, which will be another asset to the Club, so we extend thanks to David Oliver, David Beattie, David Hepple, Ray Dominy, Fiona Ashton and Martyn Calkin.

Thanks are also due to the growing band of trailer drivers who have helped to transport boats to recent events. The list now includes Vickie Jackson, Peter Robinson, Tom Richardson, George Adair, Helen Adair, Rob Beattie, Dan Lockey, Mark Bell, Alex Taylor, David Rutter, John Appleby, Paul Rutter and Ray Dominy.

With a busy regatta season upon us additional help spreads the load and is always appreciated so don’t be afraid to come forward.

A congested racing calendar continues locally with York Spring Regatta on Saturday, followed by Durham City Regatta on May 11th and 12th and Tees Regatta on May 18th.

Thanks to Rob Eyton-Jones for the photos.

March comes in like a lion

It’s been a busy few weeks for squads as the Tideway season looms for some, while others concentrate on preparations for the coming regatta season in April.

Conditions were good for Tyne Head of the River race on February 16th with 10 crews from DARC among the 150 entries joining crews from Lancaster, York and Glasgow, as well as local clubs and Durham University colleges, to contest two divisions over 5km from Scotswood to Newburn. George Adair’s Masters F 4x- ran out winners in their category and the senior men’s 8+ were second to York in band 3 of the open 8+. All the results can be found on the Tyne Head website.

The following weekend saw the Juniors off to Nottingham for the Head of the Trent on Sunday February 24th. An excellent day it proved to be with good conditions after a misty start, and a 100% success rate for the DARC crews, the J15 girls 8+, J15 boys coxed quad and J14 girls coxed quad, racing over 3.8km in division 2, all winning their events, overcoming opposition from Nottingham, Bedford, Birmingham and Leicester, while Gill Prescott’s composite women’s Masters F coxless quad also won over 5.7km in division 3. Results and other information are on the Head of the Trent website.

Next was the Yorkshire Head on Saturday March 2nd, organised by the Yorkshire Rowing Council, again with 10 crews from DARC entered amongst 175 in the two division time-trial over 5.1km of the River Ouse in York, this time with victories for the Masters F 8+, Andy Jaggard in Masters G 1x, Adam Morris in J18 1x and Gill Prescott in a women’s Masters F 4x- composite with Loch Lomond, Mortlake, Anglian & Alpha and Barnes Bridge Ladies RC. DARC’s senior men’s 8+ finished second to Leeds in band 2 of the open 8+. Full results can be found on the Yorkshire Rowing website.

Trials for the Junior Inter Regional Regatta, postponed from February, also took place at Cambois on March 2nd  and it proved to be a successful day for the DARC competitors. There were event wins for the J16 4x-, J16 8+ (DARC/Durham School composite), WJ16 4x-, J15 4x+, WJ14 4x+ and WJ14 2x, who go forward to be considered for selection for the squad to represent the Northern region at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta at Peterborough on April 27th, subject to satisfying rules relating to doubling up. Results of the trials are here.

On Sunday March 3rd Roger Stainforth organized a group ranging in age from 7 to 74 to take part in The Big Pink Ergo 100km challenge, with 27 members of various squads raising funds for breast cancer charities. The first round of the Sunday League  took place at Tyne ARC on the same day with the team from DARC getting off to a good start winning 3 races out of 4.   Round 2 is a sweep-oar splash & dash event at Durham on April 7th, the same day as the University Boat Races.

The first Tideway heads of the season take place next weekend with the Schools’ Head on Friday March 15th and the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race on Saturday March 16th. Good luck to the J15 girls eight and J16 boys quad in the Schools’ Head. The Head of the River Race is 2 weeks later on March 30th and the Vesta Veterans’ Head takes place on March 31st. Also on March 16th is the Ponteland Junior Head on the River Tyne.

The first regatta of the new season In the Northern region takes place at Chester-le-Street on April 6th, and DARC’s Boat Race Ball takes place the same evening at 7pm.

Durham Small Boats Head 2019

Snow and freezing conditions greeted rowers from around the northern region who converged on the River Wear for Durham Small Boats Head on Saturday February 2nd. They were joined by competitors from Bradford, Lancaster and George Watson’s College in Edinburgh who had also made the journey.

The time trial over 1800 metres, passing through the arches of Elvet Bridge, is a highlight of the winter racing season in Durham, and provides an excellent opportunity for crews to compete in smaller boats as they build up their training in preparation for racing on the River Tyne, in Yorkshire and on the Tideway in London in March.

The head always attracts a good spread of competitors of all ages from local clubs, schools, colleges and Universities who come together to gauge their performance and to enjoy the sport they love, and this year was no exception, with capacity reached in record time once entries opened in January.

The temperature rose and spirits lifted as the four divisions progressed, while river conditions remained good throughout, allowing excellent racing despite some of the original 400 entrants opting to stay away because of the wintry conditions.

The overall winner was the Open Senior coxless quad from Durham School who completed the course in a time of 6 mins 16.4 secs. The fastest women’s crew was Talkin Tarn’s coxless quad in 7.14.4.

The host club was the most successful with victories in 16 categories, followed by George Watson’s College with 10 and Durham School and Talkin Tarn ARC with 6 each.

George Watson’s College had the fastest open single sculler and their J16 open and women’s double scullers were also faster than senior opposition, while Talkin Tarn’s J18 single sculler was the fastest of the women’s singles.

As usual there was keen competition between the Durham University colleges in the coxed fours. St Aidan’s College won the open four in 6.23.8 and Collingwood College won the Women’s coxed four in 7.24.5. Events with larger numbers of entries were divided into bands as permitted by the British Rowing rules of racing. Durham ARC won band 2 of the Open fours while Butler College took band 3. In the Women’s coxed fours Durham School won band 2 and St Leonard’s School band 3. There was also a junior women’s J18 coxless fours race won by St Leonard’s School in 7.30.2.

Durham ARC achieved victories over an age range from J13 juniors to Masters G (65-69), including both open and women’s senior crews. The J13 quad finished in 8.04.7 for their first racing success, David Dowsett and Mark Humphries won the J18 double in 7.10.2, while, with no Masters opposition, Gill Prescott and Eva Rankin from Loch Lomond RC combined to win the senior Women’s double sculls in 7.49.9. DARC’s boys and girls J16 coxless quads also both recorded wins.

There was a double success for DARC’s David Rutter and Nicholas Baird, winning the Open double sculls in 7.04.4, then combining with Will Hamlyn, Brad Knights and cox Millie McIntyre to win band 2 of the Open coxed four in 6.50.6. John Watkinson, John Appleby, Paul Rutter and Micky Stevens won the Masters G coxless quad in 6.42.2 before John Appleby and Micky Stevens combined again to win the Masters G double sculls in 7.12.5, and Andy Jaggard won both the Masters F and Masters G single sculls, achieving the better time of 7.58.4 in division 1.

St Leonard’s School won 3 events as did Tyne ARC, while Tyne United won one. Smaller clubs had some success. Sunderland City won 3 events and Cambois and Hexham won one each. Berwick ARC achieved a 100% success rate from their only entry, Andrew Cairns and Chris Eke winning the Open pair in 7.11.6.

Fifty four categories were contested, with trophies awarded to winners of those with sufficient opposition. Winners are listed below in order of their finishing time.

Open 4x- band 1 Durham School 6.16.4

J18 4x- George Watson’s College 6.17.4

Open 4+ band 1 St Aidan’s College 6.23.8

Open 4x- band 2 Tyne ARC 6.32.9

J16 4x- Durham ARC 6.35.8

Masters G 4x- Durham ARC 6.42.2

Open 4+ band 2 Durham ARC 6.50.6

J16 4+ Durham School/Takin Tarn ARC composite 6.51.4

Open 4x+ Durham School 6.51.7

J16 2x George Watson’s College 6.53.4

J15 4x+ Hexham RC 6.54.9

J15 2x George Watson’s College 6.56.3

Open 2x Durham ARC 7.04.4

Open 1x band 2 George Watson’s College 7.08.9

J18 2x Durham ARC 7.10.2

Open 2- Berwick ARC 7.11.6

Masters G 2x Durham ARC 7.12.5

Women’s 4x- band 1 Talkin Tarn ARC 7.14.4

J18 1x George Watson’s College 7.14.9

Women’s J18 4x- Cambois RC 7.15.6

WJ16 4x- Durham ARC 7.23.0

Open 1x band 1 George Watson’s College 7.23.6

Women’s 4+ band 1 Collingwood College 7.24.5

Masters C 2x Talkin Tarn 7.26.3

Open 4+ band 3 Butler College 7.27.4

WJ18 4- St Leonard’s School 7.30.2

J16 1x Talkin Tarn 7.32.2

WJ15 4x+ Durham ARC 7.41.2

WJ16 2x George Watson’s College 7.41.3

WJ18 2x George Watson’s College 7.43.1

Women’s 4x- band 2 Sunderland City RC 7.45.2

WMas E 4x- Durham ARC 7.45.3

WJ14 4x+ Durham ARC 7.49.5

Women’s 2x band 1 Durham ARC/Loch Lomond RC composite 7.49.9

J15 1x George Watson’s College 7.55.4

Masters G 1x Durham ARC 7.58.4

Masters F 4x+ Durham ARC 7.58.6

Women’s 4+ band 2 Durham School 7.59.9

WJ15 2x St Leonard’s School 8.04.1

J14 4x+ Sunderland City RC 8.04.2

J13 4x+ Durham ARC 8.04.7

WJ16/18 4+ Durham School 8.06.3

Women’s 4x+ Durham School 8.09.9

Masters F 1x Durham ARC 8.11.8

J14 2x Sunderland City RC 8.13.9

WJ18 2- Durham School 8.17.9

Women’s 2x band 2 Tyne United RC 8.24.1

WJ18 1x Talkin Tarn ARC 8.24.5

WMas C 4x+ Talkin Tarn 8.26.2

WJ14 2x Tyne ARC 8.30.5

Women’s 4+ band 3 St Leonard’s School 8.30.8

WJ16 1x George Watson’s College 8.31.5

WJ15 1x Tyne ARC 8.35.5

WMas C 1x Durham ARC 8.43.1

The complete list of results combined over the 4 divisions can be found here and there is a list sorted by gender and boat class.

Winning DARC crews are on the results page.

SI Event Photography has provided a set of images of crews.