2000 - 2014

Katina Bonham at KES, indefatigably backed by Keith Osborne at Chester celebrated the turn of the century with a millennium Ball Cup at Chester. The Henley Stewards backed the finances, over 100 crews competed, and The Admiral of the Dee attended.

However, the Ball Cup in the South hit a wall, with the annual event virtually stalling through a combination of rivers flooding and with nobody offering to host it there was a risk it would disappear off the rowing calendar. Following a call from Keith Osborne to Michael Righton (who was Master in charge of Rowing at the Dragon) in 2002, it was obvious that something drastic needed to be undertaken if the event was to survive. Michael suggested that the event be moved to Dorney, which was being developed at the time but that some of the underlying rules had to be changed (such as the £1 entry fee…), but the concept of the event being available to small Junior Rowing Clubs and Schools should be maintained. With strong support from the Henley Stewards Charitable Trust, funds were found which offset most of the fees in hiring the facility. Michael together with Barbara Wilson (OUBC Boat Club Administrator) who organised the Umpires reestablished the event at Dorney in 2003.

2003 With a dozen or so schools and around 150+ participants the event was back on the road and the Ball Cup was won by King’s Rochester. At this event, Graham Middleton met with Michael and mentioned that the Ball Cup had Trophies and that he would be willing to look around for them. In 2004 Graham returned with the Trophies and volunteered to help in the running of the event. Over the next four years, Graham looked after the Entries and Michael the logistics and the event grew from strength to strength.

2004 welcomed 49 schools to compete at Dorney, some 300+ crews. Reading Bluecoat School won The Southern Ball Cup. In the north, on the Mersey, Warrington Schools RA won The Northern Ball Cup by the narrowest of margins from Bradford GS. 80 crews competed.

2005 saw yet further expansion. The Southern Ball at Dorney attracted 75 schools and nearly a thousand competitors. Nearly one hundred races ( all bar, unfortunately the traditional fours events, the last on the programme cancelled due to squalls and lightning ) left the small organising team promising to scream for assistance in 2006! Putney HS took the Senior Ball; The American School in London were runners up. In the North, Hollingworth Lake was besieged as the northern schools echoed the southern frenzy. Bradford GS avenged their previous year’s defeat by turning the tables on Warrington. Runcorn RC hosted the 2006 Northern event, with Queen’s Park HS coming out on top. Back at Dorney, the girls of Sir William Perkins took the southern event.

2007 at Dorney again saw squalls, with racing again suspended for a while. The resumption saw The American School in London avenge their previous year's narrow miss by narrowly beating Sir William Perkins' School. In the north, Trentham RC took the event from Grange School, who will host the 2008 event.

2008 saw a glorious day at Dorney, with a yet higher record of 426 crews, 1036 competitors squeezed into a 114-race day. The Ball Regatta welcomed newcomers Springhill Juniors, who with youngsters from Burway, Gloucester and American School closely pressed eventual winners Sir William Perkins. In the North, Grange School successfully hosted the event for the first time.

2009 in the North saw Grange just pip Sir John Deane's. The event was hosted by Runcorn. The search goes on for a permanent northern multilane course. At Dorney, over 1,000 competitors again competed in glorious weather. Oratory School took both Ball fours events from Charterhouse; Peterborough City Schools were the Victor Ludorum from Kingston Schools and Evesham SRA. On the organisation side, Phillip Clements became the Event (or OC) Chairman.

2010 at Dorney retained entries at saturation levels. Over 1,000 competitors in 440 crews from 50 clubs contested the event. Walbrook Teddington Schools took the Victor Ludorum. Whitgift School won the traditional Ball Coxed Fours, Stratford-on-Avon the Girls Event. In the North, Runcorn prevailed over Warrington.

2011 in the south had another record entry, requiring a change to the heat system so that the fastest 6 crews across all heats went through to the final. Weybridge, Lea and American School came first, second and third respectively in the Victor Ludorum. The Ball Cup supported the Runcorn Junior Regatta, rather than holding it’s own regatta.

2012 in the South used the same system as in 2011. Kings School Ely, American School and Upper Thames were first to third in the Victor Ludorum. This was Barbara Wilson's last year as Chairman of the Race Committee. The Ball Cup Regatta is very thankful for Barbara's help in re-establishing the event..

2013 at Dorney was affected by the recovery of the land after the Olympics and strong winds threatened. However the regatta went well with a close VL of 5 points separating the top 5 crews with Cambridge City RC the eventual winners. Paul Holmes became the Chairman of the Race Committee.

2014 at Dorney was cancelled for the first time as the water was only good for coastal rowing.