Then and Now
Kingswear Rowing Club was formed in 2002 when some 30 people met in the Ship Inn, Kingswear and agreed to form a rowing club. They committed sufficient funds in terms of loans and donations to purchase one Seine Boat. Since that time the club has grown dramatically to over 120 members ( aged from 9 to 70 years old ) who come from all walks of life.
We now own two Seine Boats and two Pair-Oared boats – one of which is identical to the Dartmouth Regatta “Blue Boats”. We also have a single scull, two Concept II Ergometers and a treadmill as well as a boathouse and pontoon in Waterhead Creek and a training area in Kingswear Village Hall.
We have a Junior Section (under 18′s and under 16′s) and work with Kingswear Community Primary School in coaching children from 9 years old, although children do not have to be at the school to come along. One former Junior rower for Kingswear RC is Bill Lucas (shown below) who was under 23 World Champion and is currently a full time member of the GB rowing squad. Our juniors often race and win at Dartmouth Regatta.
We have a fully developed training and safety programme for coxes, to ensure our boats are properly and safely used on the water. Two of our boats are moored on ‘walk on’ pontoons in Kingswear and a further two on our (tidal) pontoon in Waterhead Creek. We use a simple online booking system which can be found on the “On the Water” page to ensure everyone can get out for a row.
In November 2014 we published a members questionnaire on members rowing interests. Over 24% of our members responded and provided some very useful feedback. Thanks to all members who completed a questionnaire and returned it to us. Much of the feedback has been translated into our future rowing plans.