Juniors

Kingswear Junior Rowing Club

WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR ENTHUSIASTIC ADULTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BECOME INVOLVED IN RUNNING JUNIOR ROWING.

PLEASE SEE DETAILS BELOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.

The Club used to have a thriving Junior Group aged from 9 to 18. We  worked with Kingswear Community Primary School to give children from the age of 9 an opportunity to experience rowing, although children did not have to attend the school to come along. Older and more experienced juniors rowed as part of a team on the river and younger juniors and beginners learned to row on Waterhead Creek during Junior Rowing sessions which were run every other Sunday during the summer.

The Junior section dates back to 2002 and ex-members include GB World Champion rower Bill Lucas and Men’s Champion of the Dart Fraser Dyer. We had an excellent record at Dartmouth Regatta winning the under 18 Whaler race 3 years in a row and the under 16 Pair Oared race on many occasions, the most recent being a 1st place for both the boys and the girls crew for the first time ever in this race. One year we took a 1st and 2nd in every under 16 and under 18 race for boys and girls!

Junior Rowing in Waterhead Creek
During the Summer (when the weather allowed !) we ran informal rowing sessions on Waterhead Creek.  Each session normally lasted for one to two hours and we also provided opportunities for adults who would like to ‘have a go’ afterwards.

There was no charge but we did ask that each child was accompanied by a parent or a guardian for the full session, as they were not in the boats for the whole time. Each rower (or parent) was required to complete a registration form for the year.

The meeting point was on the green of Jubilee Park, Brixham Road, at the head of the Creek, the perfect spot for a picnic while watching the rowing !

Children not only learned how to row fixed seat four and two oared boats but also developed an understanding of safety on the water. We provided life jackets, but children were welcome to wear their own if they had them. Our coxes were fully qualified and experienced and the rowers were accompanied by a safety boat.

Starting times varied and were decided by suitable tide times.