• August News and 100 Club

    This month Duncan Little was interrupted from his painting to make the winning draws watched by our Chairman, Mike McGarva. Thank you, Duncan, but many more thanks are due for your voluntary single-handed repainting, starting with the changing rooms and now spreading to the entrance and beyond. Please make your appreciation known to Duncan.

    To non-members of the Royals 100 Club:

    Thanks to two new members another 5 balls are in play but that still leaves 41 not in play. The Royals 100 Club still needs more members to fulfill its potential. Every ball you take contributes to the target of raising £1,500 this year and at the same time every month it gives you the chance of winning up to £100 - or more if you have more than one ball. Why not join now? Please email me at royalstreasurer@gmail.com to let me know you wish to join.

    To join immediately set up a monthly standing order of £5 per ball to the Royals 100 Club account number 32581238 sort code 60-40-08. The next available numbered ball between 1 to 100 will be assigned unless you have any special requests.


    This month saw the passing away of two retired members who both made long and significant contributions to the life of Royals from the 1960s onwards, Ken Worden and Gwyn Evans.

    Ken, with John Bigland, David Evans, David Parker and Liz Evans was in the first Royals crew to race at the FISA masters regatta in 1981 at Heidelberg winning bronze in the coxed fours. In 2007 it was reported that Ken was competing in the North of England Head for the 61st consecutive year! Ken's funeral is arranged for 11:00am in the Quire of Chester Cathedral on Tuesday 20th August.

    Gwyn was Captain of Boats at the Kings School, returned to Chester in 1965 and was a very active veteran rower and coach until 2006. For many years his company printed the head program and the British Rowing Almanac. Gwyn's funeral service is at St John the Baptist Church, Chester on Thursday 8th August 2019 at 2.00pm.

    If you have any Royals news to share contributions are always welcome.

    Adam Wilson, royalstreasurer@gmail.com


    Competitions entered this month. Congratulations to Ryan on winning at Warrington.

    3 July Henley Royal Regatta; 4 crews entered.

    12 July Henley Masters Regatta; 2 crews entered.

    14 July Runcorn Junior Regatta; 6 crews entered.

    19 July BR Junior Championships; 6 crews entered.

    27 July Warrington Regatta; 1 crew entered; 1 win Op1x Ryan Carney.

    Well done to everyone who represented Royals and thanks to their coaches at these events.



  • Success at Shrewsbury for Royals

    Shrewsbury Regatta is usually a happy medal hunting ground for Royal Chester Rowing Club and the 2017 event on Saturday and Sunday was no exception.

    Two trailers loaded with boats made the trip over the weekend to race on the Severn in Shrewsbury. In the Women’s Junior 15 single sculls Fenella Cowdell won easily begining a busy days racing.

    Next a composite crew of Royals and Grosvenor Junior 17 Girls raced in the Senior Women’s Novice Eights event over 1000m. Competing in two heats they beat their opponents easily to take the medals.

    The girls in the eight are from various Chester Schools and are training to compete at Women’s Henley Regatta later in June.

    The Royals Masters Men - Greg Lawlor, Simon Quarmby, Geoff Wellings, Jack McGarva, John Boothman, Peter English, Mike Stephens, John Hinnigan and cox Anna McGarva entered three events and won them all after some exciting and demanding races. In the eights race the semi final was won by a canvas (one meter) against a very strong Nottingham crew. The final saw a clash of local Chester crews with Royals racing a strong Grosvenor crew and beating them easily.

    The eight the split into two fours to compete in different age categories once more racing the Nottingham crews and winning both events giving Royals five wins on the day.

    Sunday racing brought more wins with the Junior 13 girls winning in double sculls with Neve Artell and Eliza Harris and coxed quads with Neve Artell, Eliza Harris, Kitty Harrison, Mica Bird and Freya Doyle coxing.



  • Royals have two eights at Henley

    Royal Chester senior men’s squad finished a very successful Summer 2017 regatta season by racing two eights in the Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. The first eight had already won the senior eights race on both days at Metropolitan Regatta and the second eight took club eights at Marlow Regatta. Metropolitan and Marlow are two of the most prestigious regattas other than Henley itself and this is the first time a Royal Chester eight had won at Marlow since 1928.

    At Henley there was an entry of 50 crews for the Thames Cup from the UK and internationally. So although the Club’s first eight pre-qualified the second eight had to compete in a qualifying race to reduce the number of boats to 32. They rowed a brilliant race and were believed to be one of the fastest qualifiers. This meant that Royals was the only club outside the River Thames to have two crews racing in the Thames Cup, another first for the club.

    The second eight having qualified were handed a tough draw and raced a seeded crew from Oslo. The crew of Dave Barstow, Will Jordan, Tom Millington, Harry Ballard, Borna Banafshe, Dan Weatherly, Tim Hopkins, Matt Webb and cox Abi Sanders put up a great fight but lost out by one and a half lengths.

    In the first round the first eight raced a strong crew from local club Upper Thames containing a number of ex junior internationals and a Henley finalist. Royals rowed a brilliant race leading from the off and withstanding a strong challenge from Upper Thames as they rowed past their own club house. In the end Royals pulled out to win by almost one boat length. On Thursday Royals came up against a seeded German crew from Hamburg. Royals again lead from the start and won by 2/3 of a length. On Friday they came against another seeded crew, Thames Rowing Club, but this time were unable to repeat their success losing by 1 ¾ boat lengths. The Royals first eight was made up of Jack McGarva, Alex Constaninou, Tom Rushton, Harrison Hunter, Joe Fletcher Hunt, Pete Dean, Harry McGarva, Fraser Morgan and cox Sarah Armstrong.

    The performances cemented Royals position of one of the best Rowing Clubs for senior men outside London.



  • Stunning Win for Royals at Metropolitan

    The Royal Chester Rowing Club senior men’s squad travelled to Buckinghamshire at the weekend to race at the Metropolitan Regatta. This is a multi-lane event held over 2 days on the Olympic Rowing Course at Eton Dorney and is seen as a key qualifying event for Henley Royal Regatta. Some of the strongest crews from the UK and Ireland were competing to lift the trophy for this prestigious event.

    The Royals Intermediate 1 crew of Fraser Morgan, Harry McGarva, Peter Dean, Dan Wetherley, Harrison Hunter, Tom Rushton, Alex Constantinou, Jack McGarva raced on Saturday in the Metropolitan Challenge Cup. They won their semi final race in the fastest time of the day to progress to the final where they beat Nottingham Rowing Club by six seconds.

    Sundays race was highly competitive with a final against local North West rivals Agecroft Rowing Club. At 750m the Royals crew were down by three seconds but hard winter training paid off as they rowed through Agecroft to win by two seconds.

    The Metropolitan Regatta was first held in 1866 and is one of the most prestigious events to win in the UK rowing calendar. The Royals men’s squad is one of the strongest outside of London and is competing all over the UK and internationally.

    The crew will be racing at Henley Royal Regatta, the most distinguished event in the racing calendar and held from 28th June - 2nd July. This is the pinnacle of club rowing and the squad is highly ranked to succeed at this international event.



  • Royals triumph at Northwich

    Royal Chester Rowing Club took two trailers loaded with boats to the Northwich Head of the River Weaver Race on Sunday and return weighed down with winners medals.

    Racing over the 2250m course the club first eight were winners of the Walter Benyon Trophy for the fastest crew on the day, 48 seconds ahead of the second placed Northwich eight. This is the third year in a row that Royals have dominated this race.

    The event is staged in three divisions, which allows for individuals to enter in various boat classes. This resulted in senior crew members also taking wins in senior coxed four with Tom Rushton, Alex Constantinou, Harry Ballard, Jonathan Jamshed and Cox Sarah Armstrong, Senior Pair Joe Fletcher Hunt with Harry McGarva and Senior single scull Harry McGarva.

    Royals have considerable strength in depth with Juniors and Masters also picking up medals. The in form Women’s Junior 17 squad were clear winners in Novice eights and there were also medals for the Women’s Novice Coxed Four, Women’s Junior 13 coxed quad, and single scullers M. Linfield (J16) and M Flood (WJ13).

    The Women’s Master Masters crew of Jane Sweeney, Irene Adam, Nicki Miller and Helen Tweed with cox Jo Hinnigan also picked up medals, continuing their winning run from 2016.



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