Founded in 2016 in Chichester Harbour by Steve Woods, Jesse Loynes, Rachel Norris, Anya Loynes and Chris Partridge, DRC aspires to provide safe, inclusive sliding seat rowing in Chichester Harbour. The club originally launched from Dolphin Quay where it got its name, it moved to Emsworth Marina and now launches from Northney Marina, Hayling Island. This offers the best access to the water that we have ever had and is courtesy of Releasing Potential and collaborative work through a rowing hub with Langstone Adventure Rowing.
The club was possible following generous support from the Emsworth Residents Association community pot, Emsworth Yacht Harbour and British Rowing who provide our beginner boats as well as financial support grants. The club has grown by ten members a year reaching thirty five members by April 2020.
Rowing is excellent for fitness, flexibility and mental health, giving the whole body a non-impact workout and a beautiful, elegant way to explore the harbour and see the seals.
Dolphin RC welcomes everyone whether new to the sport or experienced, and can organise regular beginner and recreational rows in both sweep and sculling boats. We follow the British Rowing Learn To Row curriculum and can provide advice and guidance on how to use our beautiful harbour safely. We are affiliated to the British Rowing Association follow their policy and advice which has been crucial in 2020 with ensuring a Covid compliant club. We look forward to a time when club members take part again in events all along the South Coast from Kent to Devon. Two of our members successfully competed at the FISA world championships in Hong Kong 2019.