The Manningtree Rowing Festival will be taking place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June 2018.
On Saturday we will be holding ‘have a go’ sessions from 1pm with the last row at 3pm. Come along and see why coastal rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. If you are coming for a Row wear comfortable clothes that you can move in and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. There is lots more information about rowing with the Club on our Rowing pages and in the leaflet Rowing with SSC
Then on Sunday 17 June – come along and see the racing in action as we host visiting Clubs and Crews for a race from Manningtree to Wrabness and back – around 7 miles in total. The start is at 2.30 and the lightest, fastest boats will be back across the line around an hour later with the slower boats taking up to 2 hours depending on the conditions. In a twist in the tale however the first boat across the line is not necessarily the winner as the boats are handicapped according to the type of boat and the type of crew so that all boats and crews can compete on an (almost) level playing field.
The race will run in accordance with the Harker’s Yard Gigs Rule of Racing April 2018 HY Rules. Entry can be made on the day Race Entry Form 17 June 2018 . A location map is provided below. Cars and trailers are advised to enter Quay Street from the entrance on the Walls, a beach marshall will be available to direct crews and launching will be mainly via the Club Compound which is opposite the Fire Station. Parking on Quay street is very limited and cars should be parked along the Walls or in the public car park on Kiln Lane.
If you are planning to come and race High Water is 3.40, Race Briefing will be 1.30 and the Race start will be 2.30 with boats going off with our traditional gun start. As usual food and refreshments will be available both before and after the event, the Marquee is up, the Bunting Is up, the Bar will be open and this year we will even have some post race live music from a very special new local band Duvet – featuring one of our rowers who will be drumming after rowing to Wrabness and back.
The event is open to all boats and crews – and as usual GRR based handicapping will be applied for fixed seat coxed boats, and there will be class categories as well. Sliding seat boats suitable for our tidal estuary are also very welcome. Entry will be £3 per person.