Our latest raffle at Jeppe Boats and Blades is giving you the chance of winning either a displayed Gilbert Size 5 Springbok™ Rugby Ball signed by Francois Pienaar or the 2nd prize of a Proteas Signed Cricket Bat

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The raffle is now closed. Thank you to everyone who supported us and purchased a ticket. A total of 71 tickets were sold and the winning ticket was drawn by Tracy’s family for us on June 30th. 

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Congratulations to James Johnston who was selected as the winner and thanks again to everyone for your support.

In conjunction with Simon Moore, director of Jeppe rowing and the rowing club, we are pleased to announce that with the use of drones, we will be streaming three events from SA Champs 2021 this Sunday. The 3 events will be:

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JM16 4+ Final – 14:38

JM16 4x Final – 15:38 (Junior Women)

JM18 8+ Final – 16:26

By using drone’s for the streaming, you will get up real close and see all the race action. Simon Moore says:

‘We believe Jeppe are at the forefront of technology with pursuing this technological capability and also believe it will create greater amount of access/ exposure to rowing and therefore help grow the profile of the sport’.

Viewing is free and YouTube links will be provided on the Backsplash and Jeppe Boats and Blades Facebook pages 10 minutes before the race starting times.

It would be great to get your feedback on the races and on the quality of the feeds.

See you at the races on Sunday

2020 was a phenomenal year for Jeppe Rowing. In reading this statement the natural conclusion would be to look for the results achieved at regattas. COVID 19 restrictions put a stop to that, so instead we will measure success through other achievements.

Thanks to the support and generosity of the school, the Jeppe Rowing Club and Jeppe boys (past and present), Jeppe Boats and Blades raised R500 000 to purchase “Damascus” for the 1st 8 crew. This in itself was a significant achievement but 2020 still had a lot more to give and we were able to acquire another 13 boats (complete with blades) for the club.


These additions to the fleet will ensure that many more Jeppe oarsmen have the opportunity to train and race with confidence, allowing Jeppe Rowing to grow in size and be a force to be reckoned with in every age group.
The first objective for Jeppe Boats and Blades in 2021 is to settle the acquisition of these boats. At R220 000 it represents less than half the amount we needed to raise in 2020. Thanks to the support of the old boys, the adoption of boats by Martin Maine (JRD Tomlinson) and Claudio Salassa (Gladius) we have already raised R50 000. To read the stories of all our successful projects please visit our website .
In addition to the generous monthly contributions Jeppe Boats and Blades receives, we are looking to settle the R170 000 balance through our Adopt a Boat initiative. There are a number of boats (4+, pairs and sculls) looking to be adopted.

How does Adopt a Boat work?
An individual, crew or group of people adopt a boat at R10 000 a seat (Section 18a tax certs available)
They get the naming rights of that boat
The boat is launched with its given name
If you are interested in adopting a boat please do get in touch with us and we will provide you with next steps.

Yes, I want to get involved with the “Adopt A Boat” programme

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Sunday the 11th April 2021 will leave an indelible memory for every person who attended the event or watched the live stream from around the world.


The success of the event that coincided with Jeppe Rowing’s year end prize giving event was a fitting tribute to the efforts of everyone who made it possible.
The christening of JRD Tomlinson and Damascus are milestones in their own right too. The impact of these two boats on Jeppe Rowing cannot be overstated. As Simon Moore said in his speech, Jeppe Rowing is indeed entering into a new era.


It is said that a picture paints 1000 words and this video clip does just that. Martin Maine is seen christening the boat he adopted and named after JRD Tomlinson who started rowing at Jeppe and schoolboy rowing in the Transvaal. This is followed by Michelle Kirby and Christopher Midlane christening Damascus and a ‘row-by’ with the current 1st 8 getting the boat on the water for the first time. The launches are testimony that together, we can achieve anything we put our minds to and together we celebrate and pay tribute to every Jeppe Oarsmen through the ages.

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The Kiwi Pair,” the New Zealand pair of Hamish Bond and Eric Murray, was the most successful men’s pair in the history of rowing. In addition to world records, gold medals, and total dominance during their unbeaten streak of 2009-2016, the duo are known for shaking things up and not being afraid to train differently, and for openly questioning some of the dogma in rowing training. It became known at some point that the duo were not doing traditional strength training with barbells and free weights. “The Kiwi Pair Doesn’t Lift” then became a meme around the Internet to justify a lack of strength training in rowing programs.

Fortunately, Eric Murray himself had a chance to set the record straight when he appeared as a guest on Rowperfect UK’s “Rowing Chat” podcast. Host Rebecca Caroe was kind enough to read the question verbatim, and it has been reproduced the discussion below with some additional notes to follow.

RC: “Our next question comes from Will Ruth, who says, “The Kiwi Pair Doesn’t Lift” is often bandied about on the Internet as rationalization for lack of strength training in other rowing programs, elite and otherwise. I’ve only been able to find passing mentions in interviews and articles, so I would be interested to hear his own account. Did you ever do strength training (bodyweight, bands, weights, etc.) in your life or career? Where does strength training fit (or not fit) into your philosophy of rowing training?

Murray didn’t say exactly when he started strength training, but he rowed and played rugby in high school before graduating in 1999. If he started as a high school student-athlete, he may have had up to 11-15 years of strength training before he cut things back to plyometric, bodyweight, resistance band, and core exercises in 2010.

He specifically says that he doesn’t think the absence of strength training would work for big boats, only for singles, doubles, and pairs.

Murray talks about maxing deadlift at 200kg (440lbs). It’s not clear if this is hypothetical or actually what he was able to deadlift, but that’s a very reasonable number for an elite rower to be able to lift for a max, and also a very reasonable number at which a rower might say, “hey, I’m strong enough for rowing, adding more to my max is going to require a significant amount of work and may not help me as much on the water,” and begin prioritizing other forms of training that will yield greater returns.

The Bottom Line:

Use strength training as part of your rowing training to build your base of strength and muscle and improve performance especially in bigger boats. When you’ve done this for YEARS, consider your strength training in the context of the rest of your training program and maybe, if you’re on a high-performance track in small boats, consider cutting it down to “just” bodyweight, plyometrics, resistance band, and core work. If “years,” “high-performance,” and “small boats” doesn’t describe you and your training…it’s probably best to get back to strength training

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