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The next South Coast Championships Rowing Regatta to be hosted by the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association will take place on Saturday, 2nd September, 2017 at Dorney Lake, Eton - the venue for the 2012 Olympic Regatta - and the South Coast Rowing Championships in 2007 and 2011.


Eton Dorney was chosen as the venue for the 2017 Regatta by the Hants & Dorset ARA because it is prestigious, High Profile and gives us an opportunity, at all levels, to experience racing on a multi-lane, international standard, rowing course – and an Olympic venue. We believe that it is the fairest Racing course offered for any South Coast Championship Regatta with the best facilities for the athletes and it is a course that almost guarantees the event being held regardless of weather conditions.

The decision to go back to Eton Dorney was made after careful consideration of the alternative venues. These have been explored extensively. The traditional Hants & Dorset venues – Western Shore, the I.W and Swanage are all vulnerable and have lost events in the past. The Hants & Dorset has no multi-lane inland course where the Regatta can be staged and the event guaranteed to take place. While the date is earlier than we would have liked a precedent had been set by the date of the 2016 South Coast Championships which took place at Herne Bay on the 3rd September and two years notice of the date has been given to the South Coast Council and WEARA and CARA to allow them to plan their 2017 fixture list accordingly. 

Dorney Lake is located near Windsor and Eton and within five minutes of the M4 motorway (Junction 7). Windsor and Eton are less than two miles away and have mainline British Rail stations. There is ample parking on site - although a charge would be made. Eton Dorney would be able to accommodate the six championship events and the nine Open and Invitation events over a full 2000m course.

Eton Dorney is an eight-lane, purpose built Rowing Course owned by Eton College and opened in June, 2000. The Lake is operated by an independent charity called the Dorney Lake Trust Company and is a subsidiary of Dorney Lake Services Ltd. The lake was the venue for the World Rowing Championships in 2006, the World Junior Championships in 2011 and the Olympic Rowing Regatta and Canoeing events in 2012. The Lake hosted the 2007 & 2011 South Coast Rowing Championships and under 16 Regatta’s. It is a magnificent, modern venue, set in a secluded 400 acre nature park near the River Thames. The course has eight fully buoyed lanes over 2200 meters long plus a return lane. Designed to FISA guidelines the course has shallow angled, gravel edged banks for Safety and wave dampening. There is a start and finish tower, fixed starting positions, and a PA system covering the last 300m of the course. There is ample boat storage, changing, shower and toilet facilities available. In addition to the Rowing Lake Eton Dorney offers a modern boathouse with boat storage and repair facilities, a gymnasium, changing, shower and toilet facilities, sports medicine facilities and conference/reception and catering facilities. The Lake can be made available for training in the days prior to the Championship although there will be a charge for this. There is ample parking space and an excellent view of the course for spectators. There is also ample space for Boat Trailers and plenty of boat racking available

More information on Dorney lake can be found on their Web site - click here.

Training at Dorney Lake prior to the Event.

The Rowing Lake at Dorney is available for Clubs to train prior to the event however there is a charge, the session has to be booked in advance and can only be booked by calling Dorney Lake.

They take bookings during the week (though you should check their events calendar for major event days) and they are open at weekends if there is sufficient demand (they take provisional bookings for weekends). You must bring a coach and book in with reception. 

Session times and prices –

The morning session runs from 8.00am – 12.30pm

The afternoon session finishes at 4:45pm.

Adult cost per session is £6.50

Junior cost per session is £4.10

Please call Dorney Lake reception on - 01753 832 756 - to book.

The lake WILL NOT be available for training at any point on the day of the Regatta – Saturday, 2nd September, 2017.