Bexhill Rowing Club is targeting the overall title at the prestigious South Coast Championships in Deal tomorrow (Saturday).
The town’s most successful sporting club has at least one crew in every race and has high hopes to bring back some more silverware to add to the Coast Amateur Rowing Association (CARA) Championship which Bexhill won easily again this year.
Club captain Nick McCorry said: “Winning the overall title is probably the main goal for the club. There are five championship, and 15 open crews at the club, so we should be able to score highly across a number of disciplines.
“We have 20 entries for Saturday, which is the largest for any of the South Coast clubs, and we have strength and depth across the board in the men’s, ladies’, junior or veterans’ races.”
Bexhill topped the CARA (which regulates competition from Worthing to Herne Bay) league standings with 695 points to the 476 of second-placed Shoreham.
And tomorrow the club will be hoping to reproduce this form at an event which brings together CARA crews, and the Hampshire and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association (from Swanage to Southsea) along with those from the West of England ARA.
Any early risers would be able to tell you how seriously the club is taking the championships. Bexhill’s rowers have been out on the sea from dawn until dusk training in recent weeks.
“Everyone has been training intensely throughout August, with the top-end crews out on the water six times a week for at least an hour,” added McCorry. “Hopefully that commitment will be rewarded.”
The races start at 10am with the under-16 quads. The day’s final event is for the prestigious Bideford Bowl, in which the men’s senior coxed fours battle it out.