Rowing History book can you help Deal Walmer Kingsdown ARC?


We got this email from Rachel trying to track down a rowing family

I have been looking for some help with a book I found over 6 months ago. It is signed by the author FJ Hunt and is a history rowing book.  I absolutely love it and have read it many times. It’s from Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown rowing club. I look forward to a reply thanks Rachel

We asked Rachel for more detail and she added

“The front cover says Deal Walmer and Kingsdown amateur rowing club 1927-1977. A history of 50 years achievements.

It was written by FJ Hunt and was dedicated to the rowing members lost on active service in World War II. F J Hunt has signed and dated the 1st page July 1977. The book itself tells of his journey with the club when it was first started and founded by Ernest Charles in 1927.

I believe that there was not many  of these books printed and I have tried to research but the only thing I can find is this book posted on a rowing history book.

On reading this book I was made to feel a part of the rowing history and was thinking that I had to ensure this book was eventually back where it belonged if this is the only one of its kind. Could you tell me If you’ve ever heard of this book and FJ Hunt the captain of the club for many years or the Hunt family are they still around.

I look forward to a reply, 

Well we had a look and Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown ARC still exists and have made contact with the club via their website to see if the Hunt family are still involved.

Do any of the Rowperfect readers have contacts at the club or know the Hunt family and can help Rachel get the book returned to them?


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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Manuel Marques

    Hi there,
    I do know a couple of people from Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown ARC, namely their captain (I think?). I can try to give him a call if your contact is unsuccessful.
    Best wishes,

  2. Tyler Amos

    I’m a member of Deal, Walmer & Kingsdown ARC have asked around,
    apparently one of the old sculls was named after Frank Hunt.
    He was a man who won the Bideford bowl back in ’93.

    Unsure if there are any Hunts still about,
    There aren’t any who are still actively rowing.

    Hope this was of use!

    1. Rachel

      Hi all thanks so much for replying, I would like to attach some photos of this book but am unsure how to do this. F j hunt did I believe row as per the results published in this book, is there anyway I can attach some pics of the book to this site.
      Thanks in advance

      1. Rebecca Caroe

        members of the club have asked their Facebook group if anyone is still in touch with the family.
        We will get you an introduction to the Hunts!
        You can email me pictures info at


  3. Rebecca Caroe


    How very kind of you – the Rowing online community connections are AWESOME.

    Would you call them and tell them about the blog post so we can put Rachel in touch?


  4. Graham Perry

    I stumbled across this site by accident and was surprised to read about Frank Hunt’s book on DWKARC. It brought back lots of fond memories for me.. I rowed for Deal from the early 1970’s through to the 80’s. Before moving to London and joining the Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club
    I remember attending the 50th anniversary celebration and have just unearthed my copy of the book.. If I can help please don’t hesitate in asking.

    1. Rebecca Caroe

      Graham, thanks so much for your comment… I suspect we were at TTRC at similar times!
      We’ve been heartened by the numerous helpful comments and private emails from DWKARC members – Rachel’s request to get in touch with the Hunt family has been put onto their private FB group and so hopefully someone will know them and can re-introduce her.


  5. Clarence Crook

    I would like any information from the book regarding Peter Sanders rowing achievements
    I am preparing his eulogy and would like as much information about his rowing career as possible.

  6. christopher pierce

    I have picked up your website purely by chance. I raced a senior sculler in the early 1960s named Mick Hunt.He was very good & I had some hard races with him.
    We both left to row on the Thames but lost touch with him.
    Chris Pierce

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