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Rowing News 2022-04

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DQ now has a rowing boat plus 2 club SUPS, and we also have recently expanded kayak storage. Rowing, SuP, and kayaking are all available as part of Fun Fridays and WOW.

The DQ rowing section has had an excellent start to 2022 in our Celtic Longboat, Seafox, typically with two row sessions nearly every week over the winter period, when conditions permitted. We have also been building links with rowers at Chichester YC, Itchenor, Bosham, Mengeham, Langstone, Tudor Sailing club, the Navy and the Coastal Rowing Academy as part of the 3 Harbours Rowing group.

On Saturday 19 March a DQ rowing squad with John Rogerson, Nikki Buchanan, Iain Campbell, Carl Pisani, Helen Dignum, Chris White, Richard Bland along with Steve and Ally Forest, raced at Northney Rowing Regatta alongside 11 other rowing groups in Longboats and Cornish Gigs, with the DQ team achieving a commendable two 1st and two 3rd places racing against established teams including the Navy and Langstone rowing clubs.

Seafox, is available to row, by all DQ club members, and no previous rowing experience is required, and if you want to get involved then the way to get started is to email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Other useful things to know are;

Seafox is being used regularly during the week for club rowing sessions (most Fridays, and often Mondays and Wednesdays), and new and novice rowers and coxes are always being actively sought and welcomed.  There will also be some weekend sessions.  It is an extremely light boat to row, and typical outings are 2-3hrs with an appropriate pit stop (eg Itchenor or Bosham).

Most of the rowing sessions are currently organised via the rowing WhatsApp group - if you're interested, just email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to be added to this group. However, any club member can row the boat provided a DQ approved cox has booked and is in the crew. There are currently 26 DQ approved coxes listed under the "Rowing" tab on the DQSC website.

Please refer to News under the Rowing tab on the DQSC website for upcoming events, for example rowing taster sessions, interclub racing, regattas. Key contacts include Richard Bland, Martin Moss, Nikki Buchanan and John Rogerson via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Draft Rowing Diary dates 2022:

  • 20-24 April 5 Miles from Home (DQ to Itchenor return £10 per crew to enter)
  • 29tth April-1st May Isle of Scilly; World Gig Championships;
  • 14th May – Hamble River Raid; Random race– all kinds of boats and crews; Great Fun!
  • 22nd May – Eastney Cruising Association - Cockleshell Challenge – 7-mile Solent race for Gigs, Skiffs, Coastal Quads and Galleys. Challenging!
  • 2nd-5th June Queens Jubilee Celebrations – rowing at a number of Clubs around the 3 Harbours! Watch this space...
  • 31st July – LAR/LCRC/LPGC Round Hayling Rowing Race – 13-mile race
  • 13th August Tudor Sailing Club – Rowing regatta
  • 10th September – Great River Race 23-mile row through London;
  • 10th/11th September Mistral Paddle Event Sparkes/HISC Round the Island on the 11th
  • 24th/25th September YCRC Bembridge Gig Fest




DELL QUAY Rowing news May 2021 9.5.21DQSC Logo With Flag   0 75 inches

Dell Quay Rowing – Survey update May 2021

Dear Dell Quay Rowers and Coxes

Coming out of lockdown.

Firstly, great to see so many have been out on the water since the end of first stage of lockdown on 29th March, stage 2 with reopening of outdoor cafes on 12 April, and rule of 6 for outdoor activity. There have been several notable outings to the Quarterdeck at Itchenor and to Chi Marina, and including some first-time rowers.

Rowing plan, crew log and sign off (please also see Annexe 2)

The booking cox should also ensure that full crew names are provided to JR at least 48 hours in advance so that billings can be done and H&S sign off for each crew member. DQ Club Rowing Boat operating policy (Aug 2020) Long Boat Operating Policy.pdf ( and/or booking Terms of Use is to be updated and a formal standard row log template to sign on/sign off by each crew member used for each session (ie similar to dinghy sailing sign on/off form). This will require the cox (as per booking) to confirm acceptable weather and tide conditions, approximate route/destination, and boat check, and each crew member signing on in the Row log inside the club lobby. This will include confirming that they are fit to row on the day. On return, the cox to sign off in the log and to log if any incidents or equipment damage. Please note 4 no fenders are to be left attached in the CLB.


In the last month we have asked the approved coxes to indicate their availability and also issued the SCM Rowing Poll/Survey (see below). Many thanks to the coxes who have stepped up and provided the opportunity for others to row. As many coxes also seek to row, and we have a limited number of coxes, we are suggesting that most row sessions will have the lead cox and someone else in the crew, coxing for approximately half the session each. This will enable novice or relatively inexperienced coxes to gain confidence, and also make sure all the crew, including the cox, get a row. However please note the lead cox, ie who books the session, is responsible for managing the crew. It is recommended that with a novice or relatively inexperienced cox at helm the approved cox should be in stroke position to aid communication.

A list of allocated volunteer Approved coxes to end June is provided in Annexe 1 (and will be reviewed in mid-May). Typically, only 1 session each day has an allocated cox leaving opportunity for other crews to row, so if you have a cox and crew please get this on the booking system and crew confirmed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We suggest the cox sets up a separate session specific whatapps group (with JR included) for each session to help liaison with crew and advise of any late changes. Contact details for all coxes and other rowers are either on the DQRG whatsapp group or in the SCM – Directory.

It is recommended that the Longboat only proceeds south of Cobnor Point /Bosham Channel with an approved coxswain at the helm and with a full rowing plan. If proceeding out of Chichester Harbour, it is recommended that the plan is reviewed by the rowing principal (Andy Morley DQ Training Principal) or another lead cox. Please note advice from the Coastal Rowing Academy (8.2.21) is that for longer rows (eg beyond East Head to IOW etc) we need to communicate with the Solent Coastguard before, during and after, and complete a specific risk assessment. This will be reviewed during the season.

If you would like to train as a cox please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and as well as building up initial experience in club row sessions (see below), we will aim to tailor courses accordingly (eg typically 5hrs spread over one or 2 days)

SCM rowing Survey/poll - Rowing Sessions.

Thank you to all those that have taken the time either to complete the Rowing survey on SCM (or have emailed) to help us to gauge your rowing preferences and best identify when coxes are required. John Rogerson has kindly taken on board all the results and the emails responses. We have tabulated, in the section below, the details of overall results, and indicated where rowers have a first and second preference. In summary, the SCM Rowing survey has indicated that as well as Wednesdays and Fridays, there is also some
demand for Thursdays and Saturdays. From early May we therefore plan to have allocated cox sessions for one session for Wednesday club and Friday club rows, plus either Thursday or Saturday AM on alternate weeks when tides permit and subject to cox availability. Where tides allow the second session will be available for any crews.

We fully recognise that the SCM poll reflect rower’s typical preferences and that your actual availability will vary from week to week. We will thus try to recheck your likely availability at least 1 week prior to the session. The survey is now closed we will take on board any further comments and monitor going forward.

Detailed SCM results

poll rowing pref
Note: some rowers are available on more than 2 days (eg Nick Atkins).

We have had approximately 16 responses via SCM plus approximately 5 others from the group of approximately 40 rowers, which is great, and provides a statistically sound sample. However, we would like to also hear from those that have not yet responded and take those on board if possible. A couple of points can be drawn from the detailed results;


  1. Friday is the most popular rowing day, with Wednesday the next most popular. This confirms that trying to allocate available coxes to these days as priority is correct,
  2. There is also substantial demand for Thursdays and Saturdays, and we will try to arrange sessions for alternate Thursdays and Saturdays.
  3. There is benefit in establishing groups to form regular crews ie Wednesday Ladies that Launch, Friday Flyers,Saturdays Steamers, and the emerging Thursday Thalassodocrats
  4. There is demand to include Rowing (alongside kayaking, SUP etc) as part of WoW and BoB.
  5. There is limited demand for Sundays for general rowing, thus minimal overlap with youth sessions that are scheduled on alternate Sundays from 9th May to late September. At least 2 Sundays per month are thus free.
  6. The Longboat is NOT currently scheduled to be used as part of junior week (from 24 July)

Crew Kit

The Dell Quay tailored Rowing kit is now available from Uniqueworkwear just follow the link on DQ website to DQSC
Branded Sail Wear. There is a small surcharge if you want full rowing logos on front and back as below, and for
further information contact Paul Wells on 01243 826132.


DQ Local Rowing Events (please refer to rowing news 16/3/21 for more events)

We’re aiming to get the DQ rowers, possibly including youth teams, to one or more of the local events below;

  • Saturday 5th June - 5 mile timed run Leg 2
  • Saturday 26 June (DQ sailing club regatta with Rowing taster sessions) *
  • Saturday 10 July - 5 mile timed run Leg 3
  • Sunday 11 July Bosham Rock Up and Row (DQ Youth Rowers and DQ coxes to support)
  • Saturday 21 August DQ Row up the Creek & Picnic. (TBC)

Unfortunately, this year we have had to forego the Bembridge Gigfest (reschedule to early July) and the Round Hayling rowing events (Sat/Sunday 26/27 June) mainly due to logistics and trying to cram many events into what is effectively a very short season, although we anticipate rowing activities to extend well into the Autumn this year.


Annexe 1 Allocated cox schedule as at 29.4.21


Rowing Section : Allocated Approved Cox rev D Update 27/4/21
DateHWCox Session 1
(blue indicates cox required)
Cox Session 2Other comments
(sample shown)
Friday 23 April 09:20 08:50 Nick A   Only 1 session  
Weds 28 April 13:20 10:50   12:50    
Friday 30 April 15:00 12:30 Steve Forrest 14:30 Iain  
Sat 1 May 15:55 13:25 Andy M 15:25 Andy M COX Training
Friday 7 May 10:20 N/a only session 2 09:50 Nikki B  
Sat 8 May 11:07   Richard B     Timed 5 mile run
details TBC
Weds 12 May 13:12 10:40 Nick A 12:40    
Friday 14 May 14:20 11:50 Nikki B 13:50    
Monday 17 May 16:10 13:40 Nikki B 15:40   Pino Grigio Day
Weds 19 May 18:03 15:35 Nick A 17:35   Sundowner row
Thurs 20 May 19:05 16:35   18:35    
Friday 21 May 20:10 17:40 Nick A N/A Only session 1 Sundowner row
Saturday 22 May 08:37 08:00 Richard B   Only session 1 Saturday Breakfast row
Weds 26 May 12:11 09:40   11:40 Nick A  
Friday 28 May 13:55 11:25 Steve Forrest 13.35 Iain  
Weds 2 June 18:24 16:00     only session 1  
Thursday 3 June 06:00 17:00     only session 1  
Friday 4 June 20:25 17:55   N/A only session 1 Sundowner row
Weds 9 June 12:07 09:40   11:40    
Friday 11 June 13:25 10:55 Nikki B 12.55    
Sat 12 June 14:01 12:00     Only session 1  
Weds 16 June 16:47 14:20   16:20    
Friday 18 Jun 18:35 6:05 Steve Forrest 18.05 Iain Sundowner row S2
Weds 23 June 11:00 08:30 Only session 2 10:30 Richard B  
Friday 25 June 12:45 10:15   12.15 Nick A  
Sat 26 June 13:50 11:20 Richard B 13:20   DQ Regatta - Row Taster

Cox Session in grey indicates cox required

Annexe 2 : DQ Rowing Session log and crew record template

Download as PDF



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Dell Quay Rowing News - Spring 2021

Your Rowing Section Needs You.


Dear Dell Quay Rowers and Coxes

As we come to the first step of the roadmap out of lockdown we thought it worth just setting out how we see the Rowers getting back on the water with Rule of 6 applying from 29 March and in line with the overall DQ covid guidance. Please refer to DQ website and Rowing tab for most recent details including the Rowing section sub-group.

The Celtic Longboat with no name. The plan is once we’re back on the water we’re hoping to run a fund raiser and naming competition with the winning name announced at the DQ Club Regatta 26 June or at the DQ Row & Lunch Sat 21 August (also see DQ Local Rowing events below) . Good news is that we now have a smart new lightweight launching trolley to help make the boat even easier to get in and out at nearly all states of the tide!

Rowing Sessions. As well as Friday rowing sessions every week, which proved very popular pre-lockdown, we are trying to establish if there is demand for regular Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday sessions, and for WoW and BoB. Key to this is getting approved coxes allocated in advance. To help move this forward, could you please complete the table below or just email DQSC Rowing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to let us know if you are able and willing to cox for 1 or 2 Fridays each month. It is not feasible to cox 2 sessions on the same day. Please see below for cox training.


DateHWCox Session 1Cos Session 2Other Comments
(samples shown)
Friday 2 April (Easter) 16:05 13:30 Richard Bland 15.30   RB also maybe 5/4
Friday 9 April 11:40 09:10   11.10   RB possible
Friday 16 April 15:10 12:40   14.40    
Friday 23 April 09:20 08:50   N/A Only 1 session  
Friday 30 April 15:00 12:30   14:30    
Friday 7 May 10:20 09:50   N/A Only 1 session RB possible
Friday 14 May 14:20 11:50 Richard Bland 13.50   RB either session 1 or 2
Friday 21 May 20:10 17:40   N/A Only 1 session RB N/A
Friday 28 May 13:55 11:25   13.35    
Friday 4 June 20:25 17:55   N/A Only 1 session  
Friday 11 june 13:25 10:55   12:55    
Friday 18 June 18:35 16:05 Richard Bland 18:05    WoW & BoB
Friday 25 June 12:45 10:15   12.15    
Other days you may be available Please provide dates 2 April – 30 June
or indicate general availability
Wednesday RB ok Weds 31/3, 7/4, 19/5, 16/6  

As well as getting rowers on the water, the idea of the Friday sessions is to share the cox role as appropriate with both new (and those learning to cox) and experienced coxes to build confidence to handle the boat under a range of conditions, and also encourage more people to cox. Once we have responses back and some idea of availability of cox’s and we can then draw up outline rota for April, May and June, and then refresh this monthly. If you would like to train as a cox please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will aim to tailor courses accordingly (eg typically 5hrs spread over 2 Saturday or Sundays) or contact Richard Bland (Lead Cox) or Andy Morley (DQ Training Principal)

DQ Local Rowing Events (snapshot only- see overleaf for Three Harbours and other Events)
We’re aiming to get the DQ rowers, possibly including youth teams, to one or more of the local events below;

Wednesday 30th March - Relaunch Longboat
Friday 2nd April – First Friday 2021
Saturday 8th May - 5 mile timed run with Langstone Cutters (venue tbc)
Sunday 11 July Bosham Rock Up and Row (DQ to support if available)
Saturday 21 August DQ Row up the Creek & Picnic. (TBC) ;

Below is a list of Three Harbours upcoming events for 2021 (DRAFT)

 Sat 17 - Sun 18 April Northney Coastal Rowing Academy - Northney Coastal Rowing Event  
 Sat 1 May  Mengeham Rythe SC Gig group hosted - Mengeham SC
Mon 3 May Harbours Rowing Rally (provisional) - 3 Harbours Rowing
Tues 10 Mon 16 May Le Semaine du Golfe Morbihan - Le Semaine du Golfe Morbihan
Sun 15 May The Hamble River Raid - The Hamble River Raid
Sun 23 May Vogolonga, Venice - Vogolonga
Sat 5 June Ocean to City- An Rás Mór - Ocean to City
Sun 6 June ECA Cockleshell Challenge - Eastney Cruising Association
Sat 12 Sub 13 June Bembridge Gig Fest - Bembridge Harbour Events Likely to be rescheduled
Sat 25 Sun 26 June Dell Quay Sailing Regatta to include Rowing taster - Dell Quay Sailing Regatta
Sat 26 June Coastal Rowing Academy hosts a short racing around a circuit at Northney - Coastal Rowing Academy
Sun 27 June Round Hayling Rowing Race - Round Hayling Rowing Race
Sun 11 July BOSHAM SAILING CLUB'S ROCK UP AND ROW - to include coastal and fixed seat rowing, ocean rowing and much more. DQ to support if possible
Sat 21 August Dell Quay Row up the Creek with Picnic on the Pontoon (tbc)
Sun 11 September Castle to Crane, Scotland - Castle to Crane
tbc September. The Great River Race - The Great River Race
Fri 30 Sept World Pilot Gog Championships Isle of Scilly - World Pilot Gig Championships
Sat 1 - Mon 3 Oct World Rowing Coastal Championships, Oeiras, Portugal - World Rowing Coastal Championships