Shrewsbury School

OS Rowing - Sabrina

The Sabrina Club is the Old Salopian rowing club

The Club enables members to maintain contact with the RSSBC as linked events are organised throughout the year, most notably at the Schools' Head and at Henley - when a number of Old Salopians gather to support to School.


The Club has also been active in raising funds for building work and new equipment thanks to the generosity of Sabrina members. In recent years this has included significant contributions towards the new rowing tank, construction of the impressive training facilities within the new Yale Boathouse, opened in 2012 adjacent to the 1921 Pugh Boathouse, refurbishment of the Bowring Clubroom in the Pugh Boathouse and purchase of new Empacher eights. In addition to generous donations from members helping to maintain facilities for rowing at Shrewsbury as some of the best in the country, it is now possible to leave a legacy specifically benefiting rowing at Shrewsbury. Further information is available from the Captain Nick Randall or Secretary Rod Spiby.

Salopians who have been members of School Crews, or have attained a high standard of oarsmanship at the School, at their University, or in any rowing club recognised by the Amateur Rowing Association or have been recommended by the Director of Rowing are eligible to join the Club.

 President Miles Preston
 Captain Nick Randall
 Secretary Rod Spiby
 Treasurer Philip Wood

Please send any suggestions of items to be included on this web page or news of members to the Captain Nick Randall or to the Secretary Rod Spiby.

British Rowing Safety Alerts

The latest rowing safety alerts issued by British Rowing providing advice and recommendations are available to download here for Sabrina members taking to the water.


These are now produced biannually.  Enquiries about newsletters should be addressed to Paul Manser, the Membership Secretary, or click here for the latest copy.  Addionally, for the minutes of the 2017 AGM held on 30th September, please click here.


Forthcoming Events

Sunday 13 May 2018

    The Sabrina Club Family Day

    Shrewsbury Regatta is one of the oldest regattas on the racing calendar. It was first held in 1871. I have very fond memories of it – not going back quite that far! – but certainly to the 1960s. It was the first regatta in which I competed at the tender age of fourteen. I remember that I rowed in a clinker built, fixed pin coxed four but cannot recall whether I won or lost (the fact that I don’t remember probably means that I lost)!

    Since I first competed there, thousands more RSSBC rowers have done so, each with their own clear recollections – some good, some bad…. as with all regattas.

    Sunday, the 13th May is going to be an occasion on which you can relive those memories and bring your families and friends to enjoy a day by the river. This time two years ago, we held a similar event which was focussed on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the RSSBC. Roughly three hundred Salopians and their friends and families turned up. This year is focussed more on Sabrina Club members, the parents of current members of the RSSBC (whether they are competing in the regatta or not), as well as School staff and the friends and families of the School. We are hoping that a couple of hundred people will come. Please make sure you are among them.

    Please will you also mention the event to others who may not see this article but may be interested in coming along? There is no need to register with Sabrina that you will be attending – just turn up. You will be most welcome.

    You can bring your own picnic if you want to, although you should be able to buy things to eat from stalls at Pengwern Boat Club and, from mid-afternoon, there will be a hog roast at the School boathouse. Those wanting a free helping of the hog roast will need to go up to the Bowring Room above the boathouse to collect a raffle ticket to use as a voucher to present to the hog roast chefs.

    The day begins at 11.00am. Tea and coffee will be served in the Bowring Room from that time. Then, from 12.30pm, Pimms and a non-alcoholic fruit punch will also be served. There will be races to watch throughout the afternoon and plenty of ‘people watching’, for those who enjoy that. There should also be every prospect of bumping into other Salopians who you may not have seen for years.

    All in all, it should be a great day for you and your family. My wife and I shall be driving up for the day from Central London and will say a few words to everyone in the Bowring Room at about 1.00pm. It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible so please make sure you say hello to me sometime over the course of the event.

    Miles Preston (DB 1963-68)
    President of Sabrina Club

Saturday 2 June 2018

    All day
    Metropolitan Regatta at Dorney

    This takes place over Saturday 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June. Numerous of the School’s crews will be racing that weekend and the Sabrina eight will be racing on the Sunday.

Saturday 23 June 2018

    All day
    Marlow Regatta at Dorney

    The Sabrina crew will be trying to repeat the win it had at this regatta in 2016.  Come to support them if you can.

Tuesday 3 July 2018

    All day
    Huntercombe Meeting

    This is the OS Golf Society's special pre-Henley day and will be the last one before their Secretary, Tim Lewis, retires after many years of great service. Those who are interested in attending, either to play a round of golf or just to come for the excellent supper, should email Rod Spiby – Thirty people came last year; it would be lovely if we could get more this time.

Saturday 7 July 2018

    Sabrina Club Henley Lunch

    Henley drinks and lunch on Saturday, the 7th July. This ever more popular event, at which more than two hundred people attend, takes place in the Henley Cricket Ground from 12.30pm. Free food and drink for all attending.

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