City of Exeter Regatta

City of Exeter Regatta hosted by Exeter Rowing Club took place this weekend. The Regatta was a fun, free and family-friendly day out that took place in the heart of the city on the beautiful and historic Exeter Quayside.

An annual event, it attracted hundreds of competitors of all ages and abilities that competed in over 140 sprint races along a 400m course. The event attracted many spectators who followed the close racing from the vantage point of the Quay and the cafes, restaurants and bars that line the course.

Races were rowed in a variety of boat classes from the single sculls, all the way up to the large sweep eights. Exeter is one of the regattas that make up the West of England Rowing Championships for coxed fours and single sculls.

Rowing has been a very popular sport since the 19th Century, and Rowing has a long and successful history in Exeter. There was an Isca Boat Club rowing on the Exe and competing in the early 1800s, few details remain of their activities however records from Exeter Rowing Club show that both clubs were racing in 1864. The first meeting of the West of England Amateur Rowing Association was held in 1896 and in 1897 the City of Exeter Regatta became a WEARA event.

A total of 141 races were raced including near to 60 finals for those that won their closely contended heats. Exeter Junior rowers again were a force to be reckoned with winning 11 finals. Phoebe Muir continued her winning streak winning both the Junior 16 and Junior 18 women’s single scull. Megan Hunter showed potential winning the Junior 13 women’s single scull as well as coxing a senior crew for the first time in competition. Emily Vater won the Junior 15 women’s single scull easily. Also F Bonfield and E O’Brien won the Junior 14 women’s double. The Junior 18 quad of E Drew, M Batchelor G Bonfield and B Spivey also claimed a win over the other crews of Castledore and Dart Totnes.

The junior boys also had a successful day with Edward Fuller winning the Junior 14 men’s single scull and Tom Shipton winning the Junior 13 men’s single scull. Both boys joined forces and also won the Junior 14 doubles race. Shipton along with S Wickham, L Allen and M Hunter also stormed to victory in the Junior 13 Quad. Fuller also with M Johnson, A Scott and N Bonfield also rowed easily to win in the Junior 16 quad.

The seniors also had a successful day. The Masters winning the women’s 4x Allison, Gordon, Silver and Ffrench-Constant beating another Exeter crew of Taylor-Broadhurst, Harper Houghton and Atkinson narrowily to claim medals and also taking the title of Mix Mas 4x.

Other successes included for Exeter Rowing Club were the Womens Nov 2x, Men’s Novice 4x and the Men’s novice 2x.

As it was our home regatta our senior men’s crews provided some close fast racing. P Minchell, J Webber, G Forrest and S Fotheringham claimed the M SA 4+ and with Clifford Eggen Bryon-Edmond and Bates also the M SC 8+.

The days racing ending with a charity 8x race followed by the prize giving and bar b q at the club house. Exeter rowing club would like to thank all its’ sponsors without whom the event could not take place.

Junior Coordinator’s Report – April 2017

Junior training is generally progressing well with the competitive juniors displaying good commitment to attendance and training programmes. The younger and/or less experienced juniors have been asked about their personal goals with most expressing a wish to compete this season. We will do what we can to see that this happens but at this level most will row in crew boats. The importance of committing to training at the same time and at similar levels to their peers cannot be understated. Plans are made for weekend water sessions based on expected attendance times. Unfortunately the final shape of outings often has to be adjusted at the last minute when expected crew members do not arrive. As we are now looking to planning crews for the competitive season it is really important that Sue is notified in advance (mail or text please) of planned non-attendance. (illness does not fit into timetables!)

The under 14 girls have continued to set a good example by always wearing their hi-viz tops. All juniors should have these, as per club bye laws, but unfortunately some feel that because they can see that others will see them. Coming into, hopefully, sunny weather white or bright tops are OK but for their own safety – other people must be able to see them clearly and stealth scullers wearing dark colours are not easy to spot. They are travelling quite quickly (hopefully) but backwards! Boys in particular – please take note.

Shrove Tuesday training was not warm weather – however Danielle led the group for their dynamic warm up – complete with pancakes – before the ethos and Pilates began.

Phoebe and Ed both went to Lee Valley to take part in the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships on 17th March. Both were extremely successful with Ed coming second (by three metres – gutted!) in the boys J14 category and Phoebe first in the girls J15 category. After the event Phoebe was given the award for the fastest girl (based on overall split) in the whole competition. As well as a trophy she was given enclosure tickets for the Boat Races on 2nd April. Really well done both of you.

On 23rd March the Club entered its first girls eight in the Schools Head, raced on the tideway from Chiswick to Putney – or so we thought. Unfortunately the wind was against the tide and so conditions were dire. After the girls had boated the race was shortened to two kilometres. Not the experience the girls had expected but nevertheless an achievement for the Club to be able to field a junior girls eight – Abbie, Jasmine, Kate, Evie, Phoebe, Molly, Rebecca, Bree and cox Danielle – well done girls! Many thanks to Kevin and Paul for taking on trailer duties and to all the parents who supported the girls. However perhaps Phoebe’s comment summed up the day “Not one of your better ideas Dave!”

On a more positive note Oliver Wickham (J14) took it upon himself to complete a marathon equivalent on a rowing machine. (3 hours, 26 minutes and 52 seconds, 42195m, average split 2.27.)

Having completed this and survived he let us know and arranged a Just Giving page for sponsorship for Comic Relief. A great individual effort for a good cause. Well done Ollie! 

Danielle Stuart has attended the first part of a BR Session Coach course having helped with coaching juniors for over a year now. She will complete the course on Easter Sunday.

Finally – good luck to the juniors who are representing the western region at the National Junior Inter Regional Regatta at NWSC, Nottingham on 22nd April. Ed in J14 1x, Emily and Phoebe in WJ15 2x, Fin (and Jordan from Dartmouth) in J16 2x and Evie who has a place in the Castledore/Wimbleball/Exeter J16 8+. Here’s to a non-windy lake…
Susan Brooks

Success at Bideford Regatta for Exeter Rowing Club

What a wonderful day Exeter Rowing Club had at Bideford on Saturday, the sun shone brightly (reflected in the range of tan lines acquired on the day) and the racing conditions were superb. Exeter’s success was a result of countless hours of training, not always in the fabulous weather that we experienced on the day.

The day started well with the Mens Senior C fours consisting of Danny Clifford, Tom Zawalnyski, Vince Simpson and Jack Doble rowing to an easy victory over the competition both in the heats and final. The Mens Junior 16 coxed quad of Matt Johnson, Nat Bonfield, Ash Scott and Ollie Wickham, cox Kate Doble put up an excellent fight resulting in third place by only two boat lengths. As a new team having only rowed together a couple of times we wait to see what the future holds for them.

The Ladies Junior 14 coxed Quad Megan Hunter, Lily Allen, Ella O’Brien, Frankie Bonfeild and cox Danielle Stuart had a flying start and held on well to a tight lead until a shipwreck meant they finished third overall.

More disappointment followed for the Ladies Junior 18 Fours, Evie Drew, Molly Batchelor, Rebecca Vater, Bree Spivey and cox Pheobe Muir after a fantastic race and initial first place they were disqualified for crossing another boats racing line. Dan Wilmington lifted our spirits by gaining third in the Mens Senior Single Sculls.

Matt Johnson and Nat Bonfield had a close race and came third in the Mens Junior 16 Double sculls. Again the Seniors lead from the beginning of the Mens Novice Fours winning by 1 ½ boat lengths, a great row by Danny Clifford, Tom Z Declan Murphy and Steve Gibson.

The Ladies junior 16 coxed Quad Abbie, Kate, Evie and Ella came a close fourth after a good race. The Mens Junior 14 coxed Quad, against stiff competition from Dart Totnes and Dartmouth, managed to hold onto their lead from the start to win. Well done Edward Fuller, Tom Shipton George Copley, Ollie Wickham and Cox Frankie. Edward and Ollie also won the Mens double junior 14 sculls and Edward also won the Mens Junior 14 single scull.

Other successes were in the Ladies Open Double Sculls where Phoebe Muir and Bree Spivey won by a good boats’ length. Phoebe continued her winning streak with a fantastic clear win in the Ladies Junior 16 single sculls against very experienced competition.

The scorching sunny weather took it’s toll on our rowers not to mention their supporters and four legged friends and we were all pleased to find some shade at the prize giving before the journey home.

Exeter Rowing club is based at Haven Banks and has 140 members It has a very successful junior section with its popular learn to row courses and with young rowers being supported by a dedicated team of volunteer coaches.

Both senior and junior crews will be on the water at the City of Exeter Regatta on 8 July . It is believed to be Exeter’s oldest sporting event and is staged in the heart of the city on the river Exe, along-side Exeter Quay. It attracts hundreds of competitors aged from 13 to 70 who take part in over 100 sprint rowing races along the 475 metre course

To continue to stage the regatta and to nurture talent , maintain equipment and promote rowing as a sport the club is always keen to hear from potential sponsors, who can contact the club via the website.

Junior Coordinator’s Report – June 2017

We had five Exeter juniors in the team representing the Western region at the Junior Inter Regional Regatta held at the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday April 24th. 

Emily and Phoebe in the WJ15 2x, Ed in the J14 1x, Evie in the WJ16 8+, Fin in the J16 2x.

Fin and Jordan (Dartmouth) raced in the B final, the eight missed out on a Bronze by two tenths of a second, Ed won Bronze and Emily and Phoebe won gold. 

Well done to all of them!

Many thanks to their parents for their support (very vocal!).

As you know this year Exeter had a crew in the National Schools Regatta held at Downey Lake.

Evie, Phoebe, Rebecca and Bree were entered in the Championship coxless quad event (for 18 year olds). It’s a prestigious event with the top crews going on to compete at Henley.
There were 27 crews in their event. This morning they all time trialled over 1500m. The girls didn’t quite make the A/B semi finals (14 fastest crews) but they did get into the C final which was raced over 2000metres. Fourth off the start they pushed through i last 400 metres into second. St Edwards won but the girls impressed everyone, including the commentator, with their determination. 

Brilliant team spirit girls helped by fantastic support from your parents, Emily and not forgetting Ollie (Drew). Many thanks to Kevin for trailering – and the lift to our car! Tiring for all but very satisfying too. Well done!

Well done everyone! A great start to the WEARA Regatta season from all of those who took part. Despite the horrendous but thankfully short lived downpour, deceased gazebo and the occasional zoological discoveries (crabs, lobsters etc.) great efforts from you all. 
Our newbies, competing for the first time did well and pitched in helping others all day long. I was really impressed with the way you all worked together as a team. Wonderful!
Special mention for the Paul’s – Mr Wilson, Club President (who thinks he may now have webbed feet) and Mr Spivey who took on the trailering job today. Also David wants me to thank Ollie for quietly helping all day long. Many thanks too for all the family support. What a huge contingent we had there today!nielle

Congratulations to all our winners and thanks for being so organised with the wash and brush up back at the club.
Wimbleball next Saturday!

Head of the Taff – Sunday 29th January

Very well done to all those who raced and supported our crews at the Head of the Taff – especially Team KP and their parent helpers and Kevin for towing for us. The weather was horrendous with non-stop rain. No fun for all those who raced twice with little opportunity to dry out or warm up. Despite this the team had a successful day, as did the masters ladies coxed quad. All crews ‘enjoyed’ the stretch of water and won in style.

IM3 4x+ Di Parrish, Jane Silver, Kirstie Ffrench-Constant, Anne-Marie Allison, cox Chrissie Hunt

IM3 8+ Abbie Johnson, Jasmine Stanbury, Evie Drew, Molly Batchelor, Rebecca Vater, Phoebe Muir, Emily Vater, Bree Spivey, cox Danielle Stuart

IM2 4x- Evie, Molly, Rebecca, Bree

WJ16 2x Phoebe, Emily

WJ15 2x Jaz, Abbie

J14 2x Edward Fuller, Oliver Wickham

J14 1x Ed

J13 1x Tom Shipton. Well done Tom – first ever race as a sculler – excellent result!

Mens’ Squad Report – November 2016

Men’s squad continues to grow. In the past 2 months we have taken on 3 new seniors from Exeter University, all of whom have been great additions to the squad and James has been particularly helpful with coxing even while limping around with a broken foot!

Continually getting 2 solid senior fours out for water sessions as well as a gradually growing consistency from the novice seniors, turning out for an 8+ most sessions. A limiting factor here has been the availability of coxswains. But c’est la vie and members are actively trying to encourage people down to cox.

New inquiries are coming through as well – trying to steer them into getting involved with the ergo/off water sessions for the time being while we don’t have L2R courses running.


For what was my first full club event, we had a great turn out for Gloucester Autumn Head across all sections of the club.

Senior men winning in both divisions and setting course records. The quad with a mix of some of the more senior Juniors and Seniors had a blistering div 1 result setting the fastest time of the day, but encountered equipment problems in the 2nd. (N.b. Need to order replacement grips).

Representation from the masters squad as well, unfortunately classic canal conditions meant they had a closer than wanted encounter with a barge! Sue is to stand close to the start next year for better photo opportunities.

Sorry no record of times/finish orders as no results online yet!

Unfortunately due to lack of availability no racing for the Novice men.


Next upcoming race – FOURS HEAD 12th November
Senior men racing Saturday and Sunday, Junior 4x- racing Saturday.
Noted on the draw that the quad are boating from BBL and Senior crews are boating from Cygnet…query?
Racing again on the Sunday for Veteran Fours Head IM3 4+ x 2


Would love to get the novices a race! Not sure if we have enough numbers for an 8+, too soon for a 4+? Limited by availability of coxes? Is having a small selection of novices to go out on erg evenings (master’s water evenings) a solution? I am aware they have been erging a LOT recently, so would love to get them on the water with more of an aim. I will email around again to try and getting some indication of commitment.


Having noticed a lack of representation from DTARC senior squads at GRC Head, I am going to contact DTARC and inquire about the possibility of borrowing their Filippi 4+…if you don’t ask you don’t get.

Final little point, having come from DTARC where they were avid cleaners of salty river water off the boats. Would be nice if boats turned up to events having had a good wash and inspection before loading.

Ben Bryon-Edmond

Junior Squad Report – February 2017

Very well done to all those who raced and supported our crews at the Head of the Taff on Sunday 29th January – especially Team KP and their parent helpers and Kevin for towing for us. The weather was horrendous with non-stop rain. No fun for all those who raced twice with little opportunity to dry out or warm up. Despite this the team had a successful day, as did the masters ladies coxed quad. All crews won in style.
IM3 8+ Abbie, Jaz, Evie, Molly, Rebecca, Phoebe, Emily, Bree, cox Danielle

IM2 4x- Evie, Molly, Rebecca, Bree

WJ16 2x Phoebe, Emily

WJ15 2x Jaz, Abbie

J14 2x Ed, Ollie

J14 1x Ed

J13 1x Tom
Trials for the Junior Inter Regional Regatta were held at Totnes on February 4th.   All those entering had to submit a 1500m ergo time beforehand and race over 1500m. Our crews all raced in Division 1.

Evie was part of the Castledore/Wimbleball/Exeter WJ16 8+ which was the fastest crew in Div. 1.

WJ 15 2x, Phoebe and Emily finished in 6.00

J14 1x, Ed 6.23

J16 2x, Fin & Jordan (Dartmouth) 6.18

All are to represent the western region at JIRR, Nottingham, in April. Well done everyone! Many, many thanks to Kevin – and his exetremely efficient assistant Emily – great job with the trailer!

Our core training sessions with Jane Silver are developing well with correct technique being the emphasis. Many thanks to her for helping all those who are able to attend improve their core stability in a safe manner. Hamstring stretching is also being emphasised (boys!) so apologies to parents who hopefully may come across their children lying in doorways with one leg up the door jamb.

Can I please remind all juniors to keep anti-bacterial wipes in their bags for ergo cleaning in these virus ridden months? Also they should NOT share water bottles and must remember to bring hi-viz tops if they wish to go on the water.

Unfortunately our Welfare Officer Phil was unable to meet the juniors on Sunday 15th January. Another date for a meeting will be arranged asap.

Junior Squad Report – January 2017


A great day was had by our junior participants in BRIC 2016.

Emily and Ed got gold in their 500m sprint races and went on to get silver, (Emily 2/58) and bronze, (Ed 3/47) in their 5 and 4 minute tests.

Rebecca had really stiff opposition having moved into the sixth form girls (WJ18) group with lots of triallists and the first three finishing under 7 minutes! Wow! Rebecca was 14/53 girls in 7.28. Lily was fourth in her sprint and 5/25 in her 3 minute test.

Really well done all of you! A great effort all round and we’re really proud of you all.

Christmas break with lots of home based core training planned…

Most juniors have now completed their relevant test pieces and PGM scores have been calculated. The Café Nero gold awards will be given to those who beat the system by scoring 100%+ on their tests (Emily, Phoebe and Sam). In addition to their excellent standard scores are the additional 2k scores from Emily (WJ15) 7.47, Phoebe (WJ15) 7.34.8 and Ed (J14) 7.14.

A girls eight has been going on the water on Sundays, looking towards some entries up country as the season progresses. Several entries have been made for the Head of the Taff following the necessary cancellation of our own head race. Some juniors will be attending the JIRR trials at Totnes on 4th February.

Our Welfare Officer Phil will be meeting the juniors on Sunday 15th January. She will be discussing the use and potential pitfalls of social media and making them aware of our bullying policy and grievance procedures.

Susan Brooks


Juniors Row Hard at Totnes Head Race

Our small competitive junior group represented the Club well at Totnes Head Race alongside the senior and masters squads. A great day for the club all round. Great family support and many thanks are due to Stu and Ben for taking on towing duties.

Division 1 saw fantastic times from Phoebe Muir and Emily Vater in the WJ15 2x which they won finishing in 14th place overall (67 crews). Ed Fuller was the sole entrant in the J14 1x and finished 29th. However only the MSA single scullers beat him on time with his time 26 seconds ahead of the men’s novice winner.

Division 2 saw two more junior wins. The WJ15 4x+ saw Emily and Phoebe teaming up with Jasmine Stanbury, Abbie Johnson and cox Tom Shipton finishing first in their event just ahead of our WJ18 4+ of Bree Spivey, Molly Batchelor, Rebecca Vater, Evie Drew and cox Danielle Stuart.

Division 3 saw Jack Doble and Seb Dohany win the MJ18 2x and Emily got her third win of the day by winning the WJ15 1x. Well done Emily!