Following a very successful day at the Herne Bay regatta towards the end of August – when the Junior Men and Master’s 50 crews secured the CARA Championship – Folkestone Rowing Club were again prepared and ready to give it their all when they competed in the South Coast Rowing Championship 2021 the weekend of 18th and 19th September.
The 64th South Coast Championship, postponed in 2020 due to Covid, this year was hosted by the Hants & Dorset ARA – and took place from the Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton.
The Folkestone Rowing Club crews line up included: Men’s junior championship: Lodi, Dan, Tom and Finn, coxed by Vanessa, Master’s 40 open and 50s championship: Mark, Steve, Matt and Tony, coxed by Vanessa. The Novice ladies open: Zoë, Hattie, Becky and Maddie and Junior ladies open: Eddi, Jo, Finn and Holly – and all crew members were raring to go.
The course is 1880m but could be shortened to suit conditions if necessary – on the day it wasn’t necessary, the course for the Junior Racing is 910m.
The crews and distinctive yellow boats arrived in Shoreham, with help from Tony of the Dover Rowing Club, bright and early ready for the challenges ahead – and they had a fantastic weekend.
The Masters Crew came in 3rd in the 50’s race and then went on to have an amazing win in the 40’s race. The Junior mens team also did incredibly well with a brilliant win over the Shoreham team proving they are also CARA champions. All rowing club teams, and supporters too, did us proud.
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