Rowing News

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Saturday Rowing Taster Day cancelled - SATURDAY 15th February 2020
Due to the heavy wind forecast for Saturday 15th we have cancelled our rowing Taster Day. 
The rowing lunch is also cancelled. 
Another date will be scheduled shortly.

Rowing Events 2020
Itchenor Rowers can enjoy the following events:

Sunday 19 th January. Club members' row and rowing lunch.
2 x 2 boat outings at 1000 and 1400
Please book rowing via Club to Class. 
Book roast lunch via the office.

Saturday 15 th February. "Taster rowing for uninitiated club members"
Bring your friends to try rowing, even if they are novices. All comers welcome.
2 x 2 boat outings at 1000 and 1400
Enjoy a club lunch with fellow rowers. 
Book lunch with the office.
Book rowing via c2c or email Christine  or Stella 

Saturday 21 st March. Coxes training day with lunch. 
Outings at 1000, 1100, 1200, 1400 & 1500
Land based coxing forum for those not involved in rowing at the time.
Book lunch with the office.
Book the coxing forum by emailing Christine or Stella. Contacts below.

Sunday 22nd March Rowing Rally at Itchenor. Open event.
Visiting boats arrive and outings 1000 onwards 
Lunch 1230 with fellow rowers. Pls book with office 
1400 - 1600 more outings.
Boats from Bosham, Dell Quay, Chichester and Langstone welcome to join in. 

Monday 13 th April Launch party for our new sliding seat quad.
Lunch - please book via the office.
More details to follow.

For more information on:
Rowing generally contact Rowing vice captain: Christine Graves - click to email
March onwards contact Rowing Captain :Chris Blevins click to email 
Rowing and Club to Class bookings: Rowing Committee: Stella Vesey  click to email

Great River Race, September 2019.

Video courtesy Susie Green

Posted 17th may 2019

Mid-summer BBQ Sunday 23rd June from 1400 at ISC

Please save the date for a Mid-summer BBQ at ISC from 1400 till late.

Provisional programme:

1400 to 1630 Taster rowing, RS 2000 taster sailing, paddleboarding, Kayaking, canoeing, motor boating, ribbing etc.
1500 to 1700 Tea and cakes available
1730 to 1830  Happy Hour
1800 onwards BBQ

Save the date and watch out for more information.

Please let me know if you would like to join in with a boat, board, kayak etc?


Posted 13th May 2019

Our Captain of Rowing found himself in deep water outside the Bosham cafe on May 10th. The tide was flooding while he enjoyed his tea and cakes .....

Rowing Open Day - May 2019 report

The day started at 0730 when Swift Rowing who lent us the sliding seat coastal boats moved their trailer out of Haines in quiet sunny conditions and started to unload the 2 single sculls, one double scull and the quad to transfrm the staging into a hive of rowing activity. The first "Tasters" arrived 0930 and last at 1630.

We saw rowing regulars mix with members coming for their first experience from all sailing classes in the club all of whom apparently enjoyed their experiences according to the pictures!

The Swift Rowing boats proved very popular with all that tried them and having coxed at least 5 quad outings with a mixture of experienced and novice crews I was amazed at their stability and how quickly each crew adapted to sculling to produce some creditable coordination and speed.

A fun day in the sunshine which finished about 1730. Big thanks to Christine, Stella and Sarah and the many other helpers for making the day a great success. Thanks also Mike Gilbert for the loan of the Ergos.

Also thanks to Swift for the boats and agreeing to brave the Bank Holiday traffic back to Bedford arriving at 2230, so a long day for Dom.

Link to photography here

Posted 2nd May 2019

Itchenor Rowing Taster Day - Friday 3rd May

An opportunity for club members to come and try our two ISC coxed fours as well as 4 sliding seat sculling boats - 2 oars each person (see picture).

We will have some Olympic standard Coastal Rowing sliding seat boats for you to try as well as our own 2 coxed fours. The Olympic boats will include single sculls, a double scull and a quad scull.

This will be of great interest to those who have been asking for this type of rowing at Itchenor as well as those who have done competitive river rowing.

No experience of rowing is needed. Wear warm scruffy clothing, waterproofs, sailing boots, crocs or trainers, sailing gloves and bring a life jacket if you can.

Programme for Friday 3 May:

0930 onwards        Registration

1000 to 1600          Outings in Bembridge

1000 to 1600          Outings in Iccanore

1000 to 1600          Outings in Olympic sliding seat boats

0900 onwards         Clubhouse facilities, buttery and bar available.

Come and join 


Posted 4th March 2019

The sun shone and the boats and people kept arriving for the first Itchenor Rowing Rally on Saturday 2nd March. They rowed from Eastney, Langstone, Emsworth, Bosham and Westlands and drove from the Hamble and Portsmouth to assemble a flotilla of different styles of rowing boat. 

The aim of the day was to get as many people rowing in as many different types of boats as possible. 

By midday Itchenor Sailing Club had a wide array of boats including a St Ayles Skiff, a Cornish Pilot Gig, Solent Galleys, a Celtic Longboat, Burseldon Gigs, a Claydon, an Epona, a moving seat quad scull, a moving seat coxed 4, a single scull and a Langstone 4. 

Over eighty people turned up from the local area to try out all the boats in the Itchenor Reach creating quite a spectacle. 

Particularly popular were the Celtic Longboat, Solent Galleys, Bursledon Gigs and the quad sculling boat, which had queues all afternoon. 

The day was followed by an evening talk in the Club House by Steve Woods of Langstone Cutters on how to win the annual Great River Race on the Thames. 

The Rally was scheduled to continue through Sunday but sadly activities were cancelled due to Storm Freya.

Posted 19th February 2019

Itchenor are hosting a Weekend Rowing Rally on Sat 2nd and Sun 3rd March and have invited rowers from other other local clubs to attend with their boats. The aim being to get a gathering of different types of rowing boats all together so that as many people as possible can experience rowing in as many of the different types of boats as come.   


Saturday 2nd March:
1000 to 1200  Boats arrive at ISC by land and sea
1200 to 1215 Welcome to ISC
1215 to 1300  Lunch and bar 
1300 to 1630  Rowing outings in Solent Galleys, Celtic Longboat, St Ayles Skiff, Bursledon Gig, Single Scull, Pilot Gig, Coastal sliding seat four, River sliding seat four etc
1630               Tea and cakes
1730 to 1900   Talk on Great River Race with photos by Mike Gilbert of Langstone Rowing Club
1900+              Bar and Supper

Accomodation is available at ISC for £16 per person for those that would like to make a party of it and stay the night? Please contact to book your bed. Phone is 01243 512400. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Sunday 3rd March:
0900 to 1000    Breakfast
1000 to 1230    Rowing outings in Solent Galleys, Celtic Longboat, St Ayles Skiff, Bursledon Gig, Single Scull, Pilot Gig, Coastal sliding seat four, River sliding seat four etc
1230                 Bar and lunch followed by return to home club.

Itchenor have a splendid all tide slipway, moorings and pontoons that faciltate launching and storage of boats over night.
Itchenor will have a RIB available to facilitate swap overs and act as a Support Boat.
All participants to bring personal bouyancy.

I hope you will all come and try out the boats that come and enjoy meeting rowers from other clubs?

Posted 5th September 2018

Bembridge is ready for re-launch. Her first outing will be at 1730 on Friday 7th September 2018.

Posted 23rd July 2018

Another first, visited the War Graves at Thorney Island church see picture. Saw a seal basking on the Eastern shore of  the Thorney channel on the way home. This was the inaugural rally for the RS 2000s and the Rowers! Great coffee and cake thanks to Clare and Sarah. Biggest slice of cake for Lilly and great 1st outing for Sarah BP.

Posted 17th July 2018


Friday evening took us to Pilsey Island to inspect the obstuctions at low water and the oysters. Please join in - we now have two boats and need more coxes and crews! Contact the office for details.

Posted 9th July 2018

What a great week, 22 people visited Henley Royal Regatta on Thursday

Posted 1st July 2018

Round Hayling Island Rowing Race

A rowing team from Itchenor entered the Round Hayling Island Rowing Race last Sunday 17 June joining 25+ other boats which included Cornish Pilot Gigs, Solent Galleys, Whalers, St Ayles Skiffs and Bursledon Gigs. Our boat is a Solent Galley called Bembridge and was one of four galleys entered.

The day dawned with leaden skies and 20+ knot winds forecast so the organisers decided to change the route from right around Hayling Island to a course from Langstone Bridge to Fishery and on to Sandhead and back. As the tide turned and the wind reached 25+ knots the waves increased to nearly a metre round Fishery and still our stalwart team battled on in stormy winds and waves to finish third in 3hrs 5min. This was always billed to be an epic journey of 2-3 hours rowing with no opportunity to stop and catch one's breath on the way. Our intrepid team was: Jacky Norris Warton, William Plant, Chris Blevins and Jim Dunn, mostly ably coxed by Colin Maclean.

Essential to the success of the day were the many supporters that cheered the team round the course, helped tow our boat to Langstone and back, and provided food and drink after the race. All arrived back at ISC very tired with a few blisters after a long day at 20:00.

A noble effort by Itchenor rowers in their first competitive event.