The Royal Navy & Royal Marine Amateur Rowing Association (RN & RM ARA) formed in 1964, following keen interest in the sport at the former engineering college at Manadon in Plymouth. Before this time, rowing throughout the Navy had generally been sporadic and confined to the Naval College at Dartmouth, although whaler and gig racing were strongly supported for several centuries across the Navy.
The Club consists of 3 main parts. RN Squads, Plymouth Command and Portsmouth Command. Individual units RM Condor, Thunderer Squadron and Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth also have their own clubs. Most clubs meet weekly, with coaching usually available locally. All clubs have instructors capable of teaching beginners; funds are also available for professional coaches.
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Featured Person: Peter Reed
- Peter Reed
- Engineering Officer
- British University Indoor Rowing Champion 2003
- Double Oxford Blue (Rowing 2004 and 2005)
- Boat Race victory 2005 beating Cambridge by 3 lengths
- Double British Rowing Champion. National team trials winner 2005 and 2006
- Fours Head of the River Champion 2005
- Eights Head of the River Champion 2006
- Henley Royal Regatta winner 2005, The Stewards Challenge Cup.
- FISA (Rowing governing body) Team Cup winner in Coxles 4 and Coxless pair 2006.
- FISA Team cup course record holder. 500m Coxless pair.
- Royal Navy Sportsman of the Year 2005
- Combined Services Sportsman of the year 2005
- BBC West Sportsman of the year 2005
- Nominated Morgan Stanley Great Briton – Sports Category 2006
- Gold Medals: (Coxless Four)
- World Cup, Eton, UK 2005
- World Cup, Munich, GER 2005
- World Cup, Lucerne, SUI 2005
- World Cup Champion 2005
- World Championships, Gifu Japan 2005
- FISA Team Cup 2006
- World Cup, Munich, GER 2006
- World Cup, Poznan, POL 2006
- World Cup, Lucerne, SUI 2006
- World Cup Champion 2006
- World Championships, Eton, UK 2006
- Nominated Sports Team of the year 2005, Sports Journalist Association.
- Double World Champion