Exmouth Rowing Club have won a £50,000 grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to pay for an impending move from our old compound into the nearby Lifeboat Station.  This represents an important step change for the club, and a huge opportunity for non-rowers in the town to get stuck in.

To celebrate the award, we enjoyed a super event on the seafront and invited the public to come and enjoy a taste of rowing. It took place on Sunday 25th August (Bank Holiday Sunday).

The day’s theme was “Exmouth – a Centre for Excellence in Watersports” and in recognition of the town’s remarkable sporting prowess we invited eight current super-athletes to take part (on our rowing machines) in Exmouth’s very first Champions’ Challenge.

The race lasted exactly one minute.  The winner was be judged on distance covered.  There was absolutely no cheating.

The contenders were:  Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison (Olympic dinghy sailors),  Steph Bridge (World and European kite-surfing champions),   Olly White and Tara Dudley (Channel swimmers),  Ali Martineau (recent winner in ‘La Porquerollaise’, a 65km offshore Polynesian canoe race out of Toulon) and an ERC member, and our very own Max Goodesmith (junior gold medallist at the Welsh National Indoor Championships) and Mike Mulholland, Exmouth’s Water Polo Team Captain.

In the ladies category, the winner was Ali Martineau and for the gentlemen, Ben Rhodes stormed to victory.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make the effort really special.  We raised £201, hopefully raised the Club’s profile and – most important of all – had a really good time. Great spirit.  Massive effort.  Major fun.  Please stay tuned for information about what will happen next….