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Durham Regatta



Chronology

1834
  • Regular regattas started by Durham University.
  • Durham Regatta was founded by the University with help of Squire Lloyd Wharton of Dryburn, after almost 20 years of aquatic festivities celebrating the victory at Waterloo. Durham University original Club raced in "Sylph"
  • 1835
  • Trophy from the 1835 Durham Regatta won by R.B.Tower now hangs with E.Hastings' painting "Procession of boats on the Wear at Durham to celebrate the battle of Waterloo 1815 presented to University college by Lt-Col W.D.Lowe.
  • 1839
  • Durham Regatta medal die presented to the regatta by some Gentlemen of the University; medals were presented to the winning crews until 1870.
  • 1840
  • Sketch of Durham Regatta by M.Bouet shows crews racing upstream.
  • 1841
  • (June) Durham Regatta - Harry Clasper won scullers race, but prize withheld.
  • 1842
  • (June) Durham Regatta: H.Clasper won in the "Young Hawk"
  • 1847
  • (21/06/1847) Durham Regatta: H. & J. Clasper won pairs.
  • 1848
  • (26/06/1848) Durham Regatta: H. & R. Clasper won pairs, 3 Claspers and J.Wilkinson cox G.Oliver won fours.
  • Procession of boats described by "Cuthbert Bede" in the book "Verdant Green" is alleged to describe the procession at Durham as the author was a Durham student. [Ken I will try to dig this out as we have the book]
  • (20/07/1848)Royal Thames Regatta: 3 Claspers won fours for 100. Harry Clasper stroked the winning four.
  • Clasper won 150 in 4 matches in Durham and London.
  • 1849
  • (June) Durham Regatta: H. & R. Clasper won Members' Plate for pairs and 10, 4 Claspers won Patron's Plate for fours and 30. Also George Hawks son of the Mayor of Gateshead coached by Harry won the Challenge Cup.
  • "University Plate" presented to Durham Regatta later becoming the Wharton Challenge Cup.
  • 1850
  • Durham Regatta: H. & R. Clasper won Member's Plate for pairs and all-Clasper crew won Patron's Plate for fours.
  • The Oswald Plate presented to Durham Regatta for single sculls also known as Championship of the Wear.
  • 1851
  • Durham Regatta: All-Clasper four won Patron's Plate.
  • 1853
  • Durham Regatta: Fours - Taylors beat Claspers, H.Clasper won Wear Stake for singles, Taylors beat Claspers in pairs, H.Clasper beaten by Winship and Bruce.
  • 1854
  • (June) Durham Regatta: 3 Claspers & Wood won fours for 20, H.Clasper won sculler's prize.
  • (June) Durham Regatta: Grand Challenge Cup first raced for.
  • 1856
  • (June) Durham Regatta: 3 Claspers and Chambers won fours for 20, H. & J. Clasper won pairs.
  • 1858
  • (June) Durham Regatta: H. & J. Clasper won pairs, fours Claspers beat Taylors.
  • 1859
  • (27/06/1859) Durham Regatta: H. & J. Clasper won pairs beating Chambers & Winship. H. & J. Clasper, Chambers, Winship won fours.
  • 1860
  • (18/06/1860) Durham Regatta: H. & J. Clasper, Chambers, Winship shared fours' prize of 23 with Taylor's crew. Harry Clasper was allowed to race a number of amateurs who resented his presence and rammed him.
  • 1865
  • Durham Regatta: Durham School win the Grand Challenge Cup for the first time.
  • 1868
  • (30/06/1868) Durham Regatta - James Renforth won the Brancepeth Castle Plate defeating James Taylor and other local scullers. At same meeting was part of Albion R.C. second crew which was beaten in a race for the Patrons' Plate by the Champion Four.
  • 1870
  • (05/07/1870) Durham Regatta - James Renforth wins Brancepeth Plate (scullers race) and Patrons Plate (as part of Champion Four). Tynemouth Rowing Club win the Grand for the first time with a crew containing W.C.Fawcus. They retained the trophy the following year.
  • 1876
  • Henley Royal Regatta: Newcastle ARC become the first North East crew to win at Henley Royal Regatta in Wyfolds, having won the Grand at Durham Regatta for the first time for the club.
  • 1877
  • Hon. John Lloyd Wharton MP for Durham presents the Wharton Challenge Cup to Durham Regatta.
  • 1879
  • Durham Regatta - President's Sculls presented by Rev. W.Sanday of Hatfield to Durham University Boat Club. Lost after 1893, a cup was presented for the race by Capt. Macfarlane-Grieve in 1920. The Challenge Pair of silver oars and rudder presented to Durham University BC by Rev.V.K.Cooper, replaced by a cup in 1913 presented by Rev.& Mrs Gee.
  • 1882
  • Durham Regatta - Gabbett Sculls instituted and a cup presented later that year in memory of W.E.Gabbett who died that summer.
  • 1887
  • Durham Regatta - Lady Herschell Plate presented to regatta by the wife of Lord Herschell MP for Durham to be raced for by fours in strake boats over the short course.
  • 1901
  • [Photo of Durham Regatta officials on Baths bridge worth scanning in?].
  • 1947
  • Last professional event at Durham Regatta.
  • 1972
  • (May 1973) The Regatta was held over Friday/Saturday and received 151 entries.
  • 1973
  • (16 & 17/06/1973) The Regatta moved to a weekend for the first time from Friday/ Saturday, and the course was shortened to 1000 metres for all races due to the construction of the new road bridge at Elvet. The entry list of 187 was an increase over last year of 151. The race of the day was the final of the Grand when Durham School (Brass/Gray/McWilliams/Barratt, cox Mitchell) held on to a lead they built up from their fast start, to win by a canvas.
  • 1974
  • A special guest at Durham Regatta was 'Hero', the steam launch featured in the 'Onedin Line' TV drama, and also the ATV series on Edward VII. Whitbread have reduced the regatta sponsorship from 350 to 50.
  • 1983
  • Tees RC win Grand Challenge Cup at Durham Regatta for first time since 1907.
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