SHOREHAM Rowing Club had plenty to celebrate at their annual dinner and dance at Sussex Yacht Club on Saturday night, after they finished the 2014 season as the winners of the Coast Amateur Rowing Association (CARA) Grand Aggregate Trophy.
It is the first time in ten years that Shoreham have won the prestigious award, which is awarded each year to the club with the most wins during the season.
Shoreham have been going from strength to strength and, after a successful 2013 when they won the senior ladies fours at the South Coast Championships in Deal, hard work and dedication from the club has seen them take home six Kent & Sussex CARA championships this year, along with the Grand Aggregate Trophy.
The winner of the CARA championships were the ladies senior pair, ladies senior four, ladies junior pair, ladies junior four, men’s junior sculls and the under-14 quad sculls.
The club was presented with the championships and the Grand Aggregate Trophy last month by former Great Britain Olympian Sarah Winckless.
At the presentation, Shoreham also picked up the ladies senior points trophy for the senior female rower with the most wins, which Sally Hills won for the second successive year.
The junior ladies points trophy went to Charlotte Pigg for her wins in the ladies junior pair and four, as well as the ladies aggregate and the under-14 and under-16 quads aggregate trophy.
Reflecting on the successful season, club captain Sarah Povey said: “I am so proud of everyone who has raced, coached, coxed, carried boats or even cleaned up this year.
“What I love about the wins we’ve had this season is that it has taken more than just the one, two or four people in each boat. It has taken depth within our squads, a willingness from everyone to sit in as a sub when necessary and to pitch in and help with coxing and coaching.
“Not only have we had our most successful racing season of the last ten years, but winning the Grand Aggregate is a real team effort and reflects just what a cohesive, friendly and inspiring club Shoreham RC has become. I am very excited for the future.”
The club feel the future is looking bright, with the senior men’s four consistently placing in the top three of races this year. Shoreham also had many more men’s scullers racing, and have a burgeoning squad of enthusiastic under-16s and a strong women’s squad.
Shoreham members have already began winter training as they look to match or better their performances next year.
For more information about Shoreham, visit www.shorehamrowingclub.co.uk