Durham Regatta

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Durham Regatta
Durham regatta Univ College Durham v's Newcastle Uni.jpg
Durham Regatta 2009 - University College Durham vs Newcastle University
Genre Rowing regatta
Date(s) Second Weekend in June
Frequency Annually
Location(s) River Wear, Durham United Kingdom
Years active 183
Inaugurated 1834
Next event 10 and 11 June 2017
Website
www.durham-regatta.org.uk

Durham Regatta is a rowing regatta held annually on the second weekend in June on the River Wear in Durham, North East of England. Known as the Henley of the North,[1][2] Durham Regatta was formed several years before the more prestigious namesake Henley Royal Regatta. Durham Regatta is the second oldest rowing regatta in England, preceded only by Chester Regatta.[3] The first regatta was held over 17–19 June 1834, opening with a six oared race in 1834 won by Velocity, owned by W. L. Wharton, High Sheriff of Durham, against the Durham University Original Club in Sylph.[4]

The race has been held 182 times and, in recent years, the regatta has had competitors from all corners of the UK, as well as crews from as far afield as Nereus[5] in Amsterdam.

Durham Regatta is a popular day out for residents and students at the University, providing the climax of the rowing year for most college rowers.[6] Almost all colleges will compete across a variety of boat types and standards, and it is usually the chance to determine which college has the strongest crews of the year.

In 2008, Durham Regatta celebrated its 175th anniversary and to commemorate this, there was a variety of entertainment on the Saturday evening, culminating in a huge pyrotechnic display.

Events[edit]

Events are competed over either the short (regatta) course, a 700-metre stretch of river which provides an excellent view of racing from start to finish,[7] or the long (championship) course. The long course of 1800 metres takes in a number of sweeping bends and Elvet Bridge[8] and ends near Prebends Bridge.

Grand Challenge Cup[edit]

The blue riband event is the Grand Challenge Cup, which has been run since 1854. It has recently been dominated by Durham University Boat Club and Newcastle University Boat Club.[9] This event is for Elite Men's Coxed Fours, and due to the introduction of the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for Student Coxed Fours at Henley Royal Regatta this event has proved to be useful practice for student crews from the University Boat Club and College Boat Clubs in the run up to the Royal Regatta.

Year Winner Beat Verdict
2002[10] Durham University Boat Club Newcastle University Boat Club 5 lengths
2003[11] Durham University Boat Club Newcastle University Boat Club easily
2004[12] Durham University Boat Club St Leonard's Boat Club 3 lengths
2005[13] Durham University Boat Club Skadi Rotterdam 2 lengths
2006[14] Durham University Boat Club Collingwood College Boat Club
2007[15] Durham University Boat Club ARSR Skadi
2008[16] St Aidan's College/Durham University Boat Club composite Northumbria University Boat Club easily
2009[17] Newcastle University Boat Club Durham University Boat Club
2010[18] Durham University Boat Club (Ford) Durham University Boat Club (Dawes) 3 lengths
2011[19] Newcastle University Boat Club John Snow College/Tyne Rowing Club composite 3 lengths
2012[20] Regatta cancelled
2013[21] Durham University Boat Club Durham Amateur Rowing Club
2014[22] Newcastle University Boat Club Durham University Boat Club 6 lengths
2015[23] Durham University Boat Club Newcastle University Boat Club
2016[24] Newcastle University Boat Club Durham University Boat Club 2 lengths

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Durham Bids to be UK City of Culture 2013: The North East's Best Kept Cultural Secret". artdaily.org. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  2. ^ BBC News (2005-06-11). "Thousands flock to Durham Regatta". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  3. ^ The Northern Echo. "Cream of rowing talent compete in 176th Durham Regatta". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Durham Boat Regatta". York Herald. 28 June 1834. Retrieved 27 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Scott Logic. "Scott Logic sponsors Durham Regatta". Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Whatsonwhen. "Durham Regatta". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  7. ^ BBC- Wear. "Rowers of the Durham Regatta". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  8. ^ BBC- Wear. "Durham Regatta 2009". Retrieved 2009-09-26. 
  9. ^ Durham Regatta Home. "Durham Regatta". Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  10. ^ "Full Results - Sunday 2002". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2003". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2004". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2005". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2006". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Results by Event - 2007". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 12 June 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2008". Durham Regatta. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Results by Event - Sunday 2009". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2010". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2011". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Durham Regatta 2012". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2013". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2014". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Results of Finals - Sunday 2015". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "Grand Challenge Cup". Durham Regatta. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 

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