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The Annual General Meeting of the Gravesend Regatta Committee was on the 16th January 2017.  Officers were elected to run the committee for the next year. A resolution was passed to set up The Gravesend Fixed Seat Rowing Club.
The committee meets once a month to discuss forthcoming events, to co-ordinate the running of the regattas (including the shore events) and the single races.  Committee members give a Shore Report and a Boat Report.  A Sub-committee has been put together to help with publicity for the rowing events.
We are very lucky in Gravesend to have the RNLI lifeboat station ‘on our doorstep’.  The crew normally perform a rescue display for us at each of our Regattas and this is always an impressive event to watch.  As the organisation survives solely on donations, they have a fund-raising stall on the promenade too.    To help with much needed funds, we have, in the past, organised sponsored rows.  The first event took place in September 2002 and was to the Higham Buoy and back (7miles).   During the years 2002 to 2005 our committee, crews, and their friends and families have raised over £2000.
2006 and 2007 saw the rise of another race which always encourages charity sponsorship, the Great River Race.  Crews, in Gravesend Regatta skiffs,  race from Richmond to Greenwich (22miles).   2006 saw Demelza Children’s Hospice in Sittingbourne benefit from sponsorship and 2007 was the turn of The Diabetic Society.  All 5 of the Gravesend Regatta skiffs (including the last traditional wooden skiff, the Stefan Scott) entered in 2008, the Lions Hospice and Dogs for the Disabled were the chosen charities.  In 2009, our fibre glass skiffs entered the race and the Lions Hospice was, once again, the charity supported.
A Gravesend Regatta Committee skiff has won the Clayton Class in the Great River Race for the last three years.
Can you help????  The committee own a backboard called the Robert Mckellar, which was last seen in the Phoenix Public House when Syd Wright was the landlord.  The Phoenix is long gone but was on the corner of Brunswick Walk, Gravesend.  If anyone knows the whereabouts of this piece of Gravesend History, please contact us by telephone or via the website e-mail address.
If you would like any further information about the committee or if you have any ideas or news that might be of interest to us, please contact Ian Stevenson on 01474 535022.