The Rhodes University Rowing Club (RURC) is a prestigious club with a lot of history. It was established in 1934 and since then has won nearly all that South African University Rowing has to offer. The club has had numerous members with national representation and frequently medals at the South African Championships.
Some of the main regattas that the RURC attends are the following:
- VLC Regatta – Johannesburg
- Buffalo Sprints Regatta – East London
- USSA-R Regatta – Cape Town
- South African National Championships – Pretoria
- Coastal Universities Boat-Race – Cape Town
- Tri-varsity – Port Alfred/Port Elizabeth
- Universities Boat-Race Regatta – Port Alfred
The club trains on the beautiful Settlers’ Dam, recently voted as the 5th most beautiful place to row in the world (World Rowing, 2014), as well as on the Kowie River in Port Alfred. The club has its own clubhouse where all of the ergometers are situated for land training (Land training is made up of ergo sessions, gym sessions, runs, cycles and the occasional swim.). The clubhouse also contains all of the history of the club with its past achievements, club photos and trophies laden on the walls and Presidents room.
The RURC is renowned for its ability to train up novice rowers, who have never rowed before coming to varsity, into nationally competitive athletes. Coming to Rhodes without any rowing experience should not stop you from joining the club.
The rowing club is known for its dedication to the sport with long hours spent training towards victory in the various regattas held around the country each year. These long hours do not deter the athletes however as all of the training brings the athletes together forming a close knit group of individuals that strive together towards the success of the club.