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Swanage Sea Rowing club prides itself on not only promoting rowing, but also as being an asset to, and part of, the community of Swanage.        

As well as normal club activities, much time and hard work voluntarily goes into organising events such as the Carnival Row, Carnival float, Carnival sand-castle building competition, the Lifeboat week race, Open race day and the Swanage 10K road run.

In addition, holidaymakers are welcome on our open rowing sessions on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings during the summer. Not many other seaside resorts offer a chance to try a row in such a scenic bay for a less than the cost of an ice cream -something obviously appreciated by the large numbers who take part!

The Carnival Row (click here for more details)

Held on the Wednesday of each Carnival week, local clubs, companies or just a bunch of friends put together a crew and race against other equall novice crews along the sea front. A great spectacle for those attending carnival week.

Carnival float

Boats don't have to be in water all the time! Each year one pilot gig dresses up, gets on a trailer and takes part in the Carnival procession - great fun all round!

Carnival Sand Castle Building competition

Taking place on the beach at the same time as the row, SSRC members 'oversee' a competition to build the best sand castle in a limited time. It gets very competitive!

Lifeboat week race

One evening during Lifeboat week in August, other local gig clubs are invited to take part in a mini-regatta. Apart from the fun side, this raises valuable funds for the RNLI - and the local cafes do well too!

Open Race Day

Following the growing success of the Carnival Row, 2013 saw the first Open Race Day. Essentially the same format as the Carnival Row but held off season.

Swanage 10k Road Race

Held each January and organised entirely by SSRC volunteers, the number of participants have been growing rapidly each year.(click here for more details)