So far 2020 has given us plenty of water time and a solid few weeks of winter training. Highlights this month include our masters squad racing at Quintin and Northampton Heads, our capsize drill & water safety briefing. The next couple of months look set to offer some exciting opportunities both competitively and recreationally.

A particular highlight for me this month is to see the re-engagement of the mens squad led by returning coach Josh Rhodes Hook. It’s great to see a mens 8+ regularly going out on the water and we are excited to see them racing at Head of the Trent later on in the month.


Head of the Trent

Sunday 23rd February

North of England Head

Sunday 15th March

Burton Leander Meander

Saturday 21st March

Head of the River Race

Saturday 21st March

Vesta Veterans Head

Sunday 22nd March


The masters squad were flying the flag for Derby Rowing Club competitively this month, racing at both Northampton Head of the Nene and Quintin Head.

At Northampton, we had wins in the Mas.E.4x- in a composite with Derwent Rowing Club and a win for our Mas.G.4+ crew in Mas.E/F/G.4+. Our Mas.E.4+ narrowly came third in the same category following handicap. At Quintin Head our Mas.G.8+ rowed well to finish 4th in their category in a strong field. Special mention goes to cox Ieuan Cornish who steered a fantastic line on his first tideway experience. Well done gents and Ieuan!


A good turnout for our water safety briefing by Sam Cook last weekend. During the briefing, athletes were made aware of the risks of winter rowing, with a particular emphasis on the signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

If you were unable to make the briefing but would like some information, please contact Sam.


Our recreational offering is thriving at the moment and we have recently re-welcomed some old faces back to the club. Recently, we visited Burton RC who have officially invited Derby RC to take part in their annual Burton Leander Meander. The day, consisting of a distance row on the River Trent and some scratch races takes place on Saturday 21st March 2020 and it looks set to be a fantastic day, we even manged to talk Burton into bringing the octuple out for a row. We need to get some names over to Burton by Monday 3rd February so please could you get in touch at captainderbyrowingclub@gmail.com if you would like to attend. There is a cost of £20pp which includes breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee all day. A really exciting opportunity to row on a new stretch of water and to experience a long row and not having to spin every 2000m!


Well done to all of those who took part in the swim test and capsize drill this month.

The swim test traditionally comprises of a short swim test, a 3 minute tread water, a 5-metre under water swim and then the opportunity to experience a capsize in one of our explorer singles. Following the capsize, individuals will be taught how to get on top of the boat and alert others for help.

A further capsize drill will be organised in due course for those that couldn’t make the last one.


Last July, we were visited by Ashby Camera Club and I am happy to now be able to share the images with the membership. For high quality copies, pop me an email and I will send them over.

Thanks to Ashby Camera Club for the great photos and somehow making a rainy July day look appealing. We’ll hopefully have the photographers back this summer.

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