The Gravesend Town Regatta was first registered in 1846 and next year’s celebrations will mark 172 years of traditional skiff rowing in the Borough. The Regatta will take place at the Gordon Promenade Leisure Area over the weekend of 30th June/1st July 2018.
The organising Committee is made up of elected members of the public, who all give their time voluntarily, plus 3 additional members appointed by Gravesham Borough Council.
Gravesend Regatta Committee always hold their Annual General Meeting in January, at which the public members are elected. The Council representatives are then nominated in April each year, at the Council’s own Annual General Meeting.
Currently there are 11 members on the Committee, including the Council reps, with the longest serving member being the Chairman, Ian Stevenson, who joined in 1971.
This coming year will see a reorganisation of the current Committee, with several new posts being created and the current Chairman will be standing down at the A.G.M. after 46 years. So, more than ever, we are keen to find other enthusiastic people to join us, bringing along exciting new ideas, who will help us to continue providing the residents of Gravesham, and its surrounding areas, a sport with such a fine history.
We, therefore, invite anyone interested to come along to our A.G.M. on Monday 29th January 2018, at 7.30pm, at The Civic Centre, Woodville Halls, to see what we are all about.
We are always keen to find new members to join us.
We always need new crews to ensure that the oldest regatta in the country can survive.
We currently invite entries for crews from pubs, clubs and port workers amongst others. We also hold mixed and veteran races. Apart from the main Regatta, we also intend holding other races and events during the summer rowing season, which runs from April to September every year. We attract people from all walks of life, who just want to have a good time and can keep fit too! Details of where to meet, what times training sessions are and what to do next can be found here…
Throughout the year the Gravesend Regatta Committee organises its own Regattas and races for the local teams. In addition, it also encourages entries into other group's races. These currently include The Great River Race and the Round Canvey Race.
For the first time in the history of the Gravesend Regatta Committee, 2006 saw sponsorship of our skiffs.
In return for sponsorship, the Committee advertises the company name on the side of each skiff and our motor boat. The company logo is also included on our posters and headed paper. Every time the Regattas are reported in the local papers, the accompanying photographs serve as a further advertisement.
If you've looked through our gallery you've likely seen previous sponsor's names of our skiffs. If you would be interested in sponsoring the Regatta in some way please read on…
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