About Us

Founded in 1860, the Southea Rowing Club has a long, proud tradition of offering the thrill of coastal rowing from complete novices to experienced oarsmen and women. 

Southsea Rowing club is affiliated to British Rowing, the National Governing Body for rowing. Situated in Portsmouth, the club has the privilege of belonging to both the Hants and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association and the Coastal Amateur Rowing Association (CARA). We compete in regattas as far west as Swanage and as far east as Dover. Each summer we welcome clubs from both associations at our annual Southsea regatta, the largest on the south coast. Additionally, we are proud to be a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC).

The racing season begins in March with head races (5k time trials). These races provide a good opportunity for crews to see how they perform against other clubs, whilst continuing to train for the upcoming regatta season. From May–September rowers compete at regattas on 2k courses. There are also opportunities to enter head races in the autumn and indoor ergo competitions in winter.

Typical training times are Monday–Thursday nights at 6pm, and weekend mornings at 8am or 10am. The number of days you train depends on your availability and interest. We aim to form consistent crews in order to achieve the best results from all members. When rowing, it’s essential to know your crew well, and to move as one. We match up rowers of similar ability levels and availability; there are opportunities for everyone. Please see our Racing and Recreational rowing pages for more information.

Individuals may start rowing in our Junior program as young as 15, and compete in races specifically geared towards the 15–16 age group. After that, individuals compete in the open competition at varying levels: novice, junior, junior/senior and senior. Additionally, there are veteran races for over 40s. However, please note, we welcome all ages (15+) in our open competition.

In addition to rowing and racing, the club is a great way to meet new people. We frequently host social events including our annual Oarsman supper and New Year’s Eve party. Many of our events are held right at the club, which has a private bar and fabulous views of the sea, with room to dance or play giant Jenga. When you join, you become a part of our Southsea community.   

Club membership is £15/month for members and £11.25/month for junior members (age 15–18), paid by standing order. Please see our Essential Information page for membership forms and more information.