Durban Rowing Club
Welcome to Durban Rowing Club's website. Durban has been associated with sailing ships and hence rowing boats ever since 1497 when Vasco da Gama rowed his boat ashore. Ships tender rowing crews and fishing rowing crews were part of the daily scene. When motor boats became available around 1874, rowing became a club sport. DRC was formally founded in 1874 at a meeting in the Caledonian Hotel in Field Street. The meeting was chaired by Sir Benjamin Pine and the first Captain elected was A Fletcher Evans. The DRC Badge incorporates the Natal Wildebeest and the Magna Carta Crest, with God and integrity, as core motto. Rowing competitions were held long before 1874 with substantial prizes offered. The Club still holds many very old silver trophies. Ladies rowing crews and mixed crews were also recorded long ago. After 1874 faster, narrow, racing boats were used for regular training and crew selection became the norm. Rowing seems to attract the steady, disciplined athlete type. We have over 100 members of different fitness and rowing abilities. There are the hard core competitive members, the members that train regularly in their crews and then there are the social rowers. Weekly conditioning is critical for good performance. Casual Rowing members do not race much, but complement the social side of DRC. Our oldest rowing member is 90 and our youngest is 9 and we have a wealth of experience in our club a great tradition, which we are very proud of! DRC is one of the oldest sports clubs in the country.
Durban Rowing Club has reason to feel proud of its juniors who headed to Rooderplaat Dam, north of Pretoria earlier this month to compete in the South African Schools and Junior Championships, the largest rowing regatta in South Africa.
Durban Rowing Club acheived exciting results in the Selbourne Sprint and Buffalo Regattas held in East London this past weekend.
The Durban Rowing Club will send a team of their best junior rowers to East London to compete in the prestigious Selbourne and Buffalo Regatta on 12, 14 and 15 February. The Buffalo Regatta is one of South Africa's most prestigious events, and this year would be the first time in many that Durban's juniors will be participating. In a recent trip to Victoria Lake in Germiston for the Victoria Lake Regatta, the juniors and adults won one gold, three silver and three bronze medals, raising hopes for the next competition.
"Why should you row a boat race? Why endure the long months of pain in preparation for a fierce half hour that will leave you all but dead? Does anyone ask the question? Is there anyone who would not go through all the costs, and more, for the moment when anguish breaks into triumph or even for the glory of having nobly lost? Is life less than a boat race? If a man will give the blood in his body to win the one, will he spend all the might of his soul to prevail in the other?"
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
"...Reflect on your experiences and accomplishments. Remember the dedication, the pain, the jubilation, the camaraderie, your family. Remember the feel of the oar in your hand, the swing, the perfect catch, the pull, the drive and the run of the boat beneath you. But most importantly, never forget that the glory is not in you or any individual. Instead, remember that the glory is always in the team."
- Joe Blasko, Coach, Saint Ignatius HS (Cleveland)