News 2020

Lockdown II Nov 2020

A last row before Lockdown kicked in on the 5th November. The clocks had changed and the Devils were getting used to rowing on the dark River Trent. Our Covid-19 page has been updated and we would hope to get out and about again – probably  following a similar expansion in activity as that used as we came out of the last Lockdown. All the equipment was scrubbed clean according to protocols and will come out again at a date unknown. See our Covid-19 Page here

Last Days of Summer Oct 2020

With the end of a burst of late summer heat, we are now heading properly into Autumn. Tuesday evening training sessions will soon be fully in the dark. This has its own advantages – no one else on the river and rowing along under the moon and stars, when the river is flat and your eyes have adjusted is a whole new way to see the countryside.

Four Up Aug 2020

Progress continues and we can now go out in fours and quads. Thankfully, we have quite a few coxless boats which further mitigates risk. A very rainy and thundery forecast turned out to be a nice, calm summer evening on the Trent.  Eights are still not allowed and it is a frustration that we still can’t yet run this year’s ‘Learn to Row’.

Atlantic Preparations Jun 2020

Founding member of Devils Elbow, Jooles Paillin, is featured in a detailed article in Canals Online. Her inspiration and preparations for the upcoming Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to row across the Atlantic are covered in detail. See the article here

Slowly Back Onto The Water Jun 2020

The lockdown is slowly unwinding and following the guidance from British Rowing there is some access to small boats for individuals and household groups. Strict rules are in place for controlling numbers and for cleanliness but at long last rowing in good weather is again possible. As things progress further, more flexibility will be introduced. We have a specific Covid-19 page to cover these developments which can be seen here.
Staying in Touch May 2020
With no clear prospect of getting back on the River Trent, the Devils took part in a quiz over zoom. It’s much harder quizzing in one and twos rather than proper crews, but it got the competitive juices flowing and provided a chance to see some faces and get an update from Jim, our illustrious leader.  When we can get back to clubhouse and have our much delayed social evening the face to face quiz , without the IT challenges, will seem easier.  As to when that will happen – who knows.

Going Off The Grid Mar 2020

Following the advice from Government and British Rowing, the Devils will be staying off the water for the immediate future. We will back when it is appropriate and look forward to it.  That will also give us a chance to get this year’s ‘Learn to Row’ up and running – watch this space.
Postponed Until Further Notice

Learn to Row 2020 Announced Mar 2020

Our ‘Learn to Row’ for 2020 has now been arranged. It will start down at the clubhouse on Tuesday 7th April at 6:30pm and run for 5 weeks. The obligatory British Rowing capsize drill and swim test will be held on Saturday 18th April at 6:30pm. The course will culminate with a mini-regatta on Saturday 9th May. To book your space, use our contact form or email the club at  We look forward to seeing you and showing you our stretch of the River Trent. You can do so some pre-reading on our Learn to Row page here and our Novices Resources page here.

The Great Clean Up Feb 2020

Storms Ciara and Dennis have come and gone. River levels on the Trent reached  a 20 year high, cutting off the club and boat houses. Water levels finally dropped enough so that access was possible and the damage could be surveyed and repaired. All hands on deck for the great clean up. 

World Famous in Sweden Feb 2020

Adam, one of the club members, recently moved to Sweden. He was erging in the gym in his Devil’s strip when the owner said he had just seen the Devil’s on Discovery Channel Sweden. DERC had helped out in the filming of the Channel 4 programme ‘Britain’s Viking Graveyard’ with the viking boat sequences filmed on our stretch of the Trent, reflecting the route inland taken by Viking settlers. DERC crew ‘saved the day’ and helped haul the viking craft out onto dry land at the Viking encampment. The programme can be seen here.
Website Upgrade Jan 2020
Technology marches on and the Devils Elbow Rowing Club has updated its website to work better across multiple devices and to hopefully provide richer content.
We hope it shows what we are about and provides resources for rowers on land and water. 
If you think you might want to join or even just find out more then contact us by clicking here.
Hosting the Army Jan 2020
Last week we hosted the Army Rowing Development Squad for their first winter training camp. 9 rowers, a launch driver and 2 Level 2 coaches later, here’s a look at what they got up to.
Army Rowing made good use of our equipment and launch and were a dream to host. We look forward to hosting them again in the future.  Special mention to Club Chairman Jim Hawkins, without Jim’s help and support the camp couldn’t have ahead. Thank you from everyone at Army Rowing. Our location on a great stretch of river, our facilities and being so near to the barracks at Chilwell worked well.