New boat for Bournemouth rowers

On Monday June 20, Westover & Bournemouth Rowing Club launched their brand new river quad boat, which was purchased with a grant awarded by the Steven Bernard Foundation.

The Steve Bernard Foundation Ltd was formed after the tragic passing of Stevie (a talented local footballer) in November 2005. After an overwhelming amount of generosity following his passing, his family felt it was only right that any funds raised in Steve’s honour should be put to that which he loved best, sport. Since its formation in February 2006, the foundation has raised over £225,000 for local sporting projects.

IMG_0023The boat naming ceremony took place at the WBRC’s new temporary boathouse in Iford, where Tony Bernard of The Steven Bernard Foundation unveiled the aptly named ‘Stevie B’. The river quad will be used to help young talent from local schools learn to row and then compete in local and national events.

Westover’s newly promoted Junior crew christened the boat, and have recently gone on to secure the boat’s first win while racing at Swanage. Westover & Bournemouth Rowing Club are very grateful to the Steven Bernard Foundation for their grant, which will provide young rowers with the opportunity to realise their true potential at the club.

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Find out more about The Steve Bernard Foundation at

Westover & Bournemouth Rowing Club was founded in 1865 and are one of the oldest coastal rowing clubs on the south coast of England.

Want to join? A beginner’s course takes place next month. See Facebook for more information.










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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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