CLUB DINNER EVENT (UPDATE).
As previously detailed, the Newport Rowing Club annual dinner event will be held at the New Holmwood Hotel in Cowes, on Saturday 2nd March. Tickets for the event are £24.50 per person.
Invitations and dinner menu's were distributed with the AGM packs, but if you have not received yours please contact the Club Secretary. Your completed invitations need to be returned to the Secretary by Saturday 23rd February at the very latest.
The event is not just for club members, and we encourage husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and parents of Newport juniors etc to join us.
MEMBERSHIP FEES DUE NOW.
Membership fees for the year 2013 are payable to the club now. Appropriate fees should be paid within one month of the Annual General Meeting. All members will have received the renewal form with their AGM pack. Fees have been held at the 2012 rate. Please see the Membership page of this website for the current tarriff.
Members should be aware that failure to make payment by 28th February will result in suspension of membership.
Fees should be paid to the Honorary Treasurer (Mark Hayward) or to the Club Secretary (Kev Bennett). Payments can be made in cash or cheque, which should be made out to NEWPORT ROWING CLUB.
NEWPORT ROWING CLUB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2013
Newport held their annual general meeting at the Riverside Centre on Monday 28th January. The club are pleased to announce that Grant Smith, Olly Hayward and Mickey Westmore have been elected on to the committee, and recently joined members Mark Crook and Natalie Bee are to be co-opted to attend meetings. Following the AGM, it was off to the Bargeman's Rest to celebrate the 50th birthday of Newport's Vice-captain and CWO Fran Ladd.
ROWING FOUNDATION GRANT FOR NEW OARS.
Following an application made by Newport's junior representative Anja Bennett, to the Rowing Foundation, a grant has been made to the club to cover 50% of the cost of four sets of Braca Sport Ultralight competition sculling blades. The new sculls have already seen extensive use by Newport's more experienced scullers (both junior and senior), and feedback is very positive. Supplied by Janousek in Surrey, the sculls are a high quality, top of the range product weighing in at just 1.25Kg's each. Newport Rowing Club are most grateful to the Rowing Foundation for their generous grant, which put this very technically advanced product within reach.
SOUTH COAST CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2012.
Following last year's history making win in the open event at the South Coast Championships at Dorney Lake, Newport's 2012 ladies junior four crew have, once again, re-written the record books by becoming the first ever from the club to represent the Hants & Dorset ARA as a championship crew.
The 2012 South Coast Championship regatta was hosted by the West of England ARA at the picturesque venue of Bideford, North Devon, and took place over the weekend of the 8th and 9th September.
Featuring in Saturday's senior regatta, the ladies junior four crew of Fran and Emily Ladd, Maddie Taylor, Sarah Rigby and coxswain Anja Bennett earned their place on the start line by finishing as H & D season runners-up, having won four of the last five competitive events. The ladies took their place alongside champions and runners-up from the south coast associations, and rowed to a well deserved fifth place, just one boat length behind the winners.
Newport also entered three crews in the open regatta, including men's J/S, men's Junior, and ladies novice fours.
Anja and Emily pulled off the best result of the weekend, by claiming third place in the final of the Ladies J16 double sculls in Sunday's junior regatta.
Competitors also had the opportunity to talk with Olympic champion GB rower Helen Glover who dropped in during the senior event.
CLUB DINNER EVENT 2013.
The Newport R.C annual club dinner event is to be held on Saturday 2nd March 2013, with the venue being, as in the previous four years, the New Holmwood Hotel on Princes Esplanade, Cowes.
David and Cheryl, along with their staff, always put on a great evening for us, and the quality of the food is excellent.
The 2013 club dinner will see the start of celebrations to mark the 150th year of Newport R.C, and with a real upsurge of membership lately, we hope to see a record attendance for the evening.
Invitations to this prestigious evening, which also features the awards for the junior oarsman and oarswoman of the year will be sent out to club members soon, and as always, we would like to remind everyone that your partners are most welcome to join us.
NEWPORT LEND CHANNEL ROWERS A HAND.
Newport R.C are currently helping seven ladies who are planning a charity row across the English Channel in June 2013.
Following a telephone call from one of the ladies, Rowan Middleton, to Newport club secretary Kev Bennett, to ask for help, the club are coaching the ladies, who are all complete novices. The team are currently training twice per week in a fixed seat Solent Galley, and have already had training sessions on the rowing machines and attended circuit training evenings. Club Chairman Gordon Groves reports good progress from the training sessions, and forecasts that the ladies will be in great shape by the time the challenge takes place.
Rowan and her team will be rowing 22 miles, from Dover to Calais across the world's busiest shipping lanes in aid of the Ahoy charity. Ahoy are based in Deptford, London, and aim to give less privileged youngsters opportunities to experience sailing and rowing activities. Their longer term plans include the building and maintenance of new boats, which will be done by youngsters on apprenticeship courses generated by Ahoy.
More details of this fantastic challenge will appear on this site soon, along with contact information should you wish to sponsor the team.