Welcome to the Broxbourne Rowing Club website! We are friendly rowing club with a fine fleet of boats, a fully equipped gym, and a modern, spacious club house with a bar. We row pretty much undisturbed on a delightful stretch of the river Lea. We compete vigorously and successfully in local and national races and welcome all including senior, masters, beginners, juniors and recreational rowers.

If you haven't rowed before, the sport provides full-body outdoor fitness, stimulates your senses and challenges you physically. There are few things as exhilarating as rowing at full pressure in a well synchronised crew. We run regular Learn to Row courses for juniors and adults to set you on your way.

If you are a more experienced rower, you will find a racing crew to meet your aspirations, whether you want to compete at Henley, in the masters world championships, or national and provincial races. Some prefer to enjoy recreational rowing and our touring boats travel far and wide on long weekends away, or compete in pageant-spectaculars like the Great River Race.

We also welcome aspiring and experienced coaches and coxes. These vital members of the club have the opportunity to make a real difference to the crew. Inexperienced or new coxes will receive support, training and coaching and are unlikely to be short of crews to practice with!

If you are interested please get in touch with the club.

Our latest:

Quintin Head 2018 – Mens Squad

Posted by Ryan Cheale | January 31, 2018

Quintin Head took place on the 27th January over on the tideway. A ‘small’ 8’s race which saw the likes of Thames, UL, Imperial and Cambridge rock up.

This year we fielded an IM2 8+, a mix of our Senior and Intermediate squads to gauge how winter training has gone.

For a crew which had a single outing together prior, it seemed cohesion was not an issue and grinding away in small boats over winter has had its benefits. The crew set off behind Vesta and Lea rowing club with Quintin behind. For the majority of the race the eight stuck with Vesta but did lose grip eventually with Vesta pulling 9s out of the crew. The Lea boat saw the crew row through them near Chiswick Eyot and finish the race ahead.

The overall placing was 42nd and 8th/16 in Category in a time of 10:59.7, winners of the category were Imperial College in a time of 10:40.5 – a mere 19s difference for a scratch crew is a brilliant achievement. As HORR beging to loom, moving into larger boats will only build a faster, more consistent 8.

Reading and Curlew has already laid down the challenge of a rematch.

Star New Year Head – Well done Broxbourne juniors

Posted by Amanda Jones | January 15, 2018

The juniors had a very successful day at Star’s New Year’s Head on Sunday with 8 wins, well done everyone, you all did very well. Maybe the sumo wrestling cross training at the junior party helped 😉

Scullers Head – Mens Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | December 12, 2017

This year the scullers head was run on the flood going from The Mile Post to Chiswick Quay.

We had two entries in the Mens Squad; Phil Robinson-Moore and Ryan Cheale.
Phil competed in the club division and came top 5 in club – a very strong achievement.
Ryan competed in the Elite division and came in 10th – a respectable result.

The final results can be found here:
https://www.vestarowing.co.uk/vesta-scullers-head/

We’ll next be at Quintin Head and Cambridge Head to Head.

Kingston Small Boats Head 2017 – Senior Men Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | November 5, 2017

Kingston Small Boats Head.

Low winds and warm weather made for good racing conditions this weekend. Kingston is a 5km head race with a long bend and a couple of bridges to push off of.

This year we had entered:

Div1

IM2.2- Ryan Cheale / Phil Robinson
IM2.1x Russ Theobald
MasC.1x Russ Bielby

Div2
IM1.1x Ryan Cheale
IM3.1x Phil Robinson
IM3.4x Peter Maynes / Adam Brown / Dan Richardson / Russ Theobald

We had two wins:

IM2.2- Ryan Cheale / Phil Robinson

and

MasC.1x Russ Bielby

A constructive weekend with our scullers learning a lot in prep for Scullers Head.

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal 2017

Posted by Ryan Cheale | October 30, 2017

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal

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The touring boats are usually stable coxed quads. These are easier to control in locks and can squeeze through narrower gaps than rowing boats. Pedants may want the tours to be re-named “Sculling Tours”.

Daily routine. You get up very early. You regret staying up so late in the bar the night before (optional). Dozens of hungry rowers eat lots of breakfast before anyone else in the hotel is awake. You go to the loo, look for the things you will need during the day, think about spending the day in an open boat and go to the loo again. Coaches take us to the where the boats were stored overnight. Everybody helps everyone else to carry heavy touring boats to the river. This may involve lifting them over fences, going through holes in hedges and carrying up or down flights of steps. Eventually it is your turn to launch and you start paddling. After about an hour and a half you start looking for cafes, pubs, loos or even hedges that are accessible from the river. There is a planned stop for lunch, which may be sandwiches, then more paddling and looking for accessible amenities. At the overnight boat storage place everyone helps lift boats out of the river and over any obstacles. You might fall asleep on the coach that takes us back to the hotel. Re-hydrate in the bar, shower, change clothes, eat dinner, listen to announcements about the following day and make facetious remarks about the plan. Go to the bar to chat and stay there until late.

The organizers must have endless patience and limitless optimism. A strong sense of humour is very important. Peter Barker was an excellent organizer. He and his helpers had every detail of the tour covered. He was perfectly happy replying to the banter that met his announcements and his sense of humour never failed him.

The limerick competition. Saturday evening is always dress smartly evening and this year there was a limerick competition. It closely resembled I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, with Peter Barker playing the part of Humphrey Lyttleton, making up the rules as he went along. Broxbourne won (hooray!) with a rhyme composed by Jane, Rose and Jane and delivered with suitable majesty by Chris Lawn.

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The Tourers are very cheerful and very helpful. If anyone has a birthday – one year it was the coach driver – they like to sing the traditional song at the tops of their voices. They don’t like to paddle past cafes or pubs without stopping.

The Lancaster Canal has no locks, so there was no sitting and waiting. It used to run from Preston to Kendal, following the contours of the Lancashire hills. In fact it curls around some very tiny hills. It is a very scenic canal. Sometimes you go between steep banks with overhanging trees. Sometimes you are level with pastureland and can look past grazing cattle to stone built hill farms. There are places where you can see the land falling away to Morecambe Bay. It runs over

several inconspicuous aqueducts and at Lancaster you paddle across a big spectacular aqueduct over the River Lune. (We all got out of our boats to take photos.)

There are a lot of bridges over the canal. We rowed 38 miles during the tour and went under bridges 18 to 138. So if you do the arithmetic you will find that there are – er – quite a lot of bridges per mile. Most of them are attractive stone arches. The space taken up by the tow-path makes them slightly narrower than the bridge at the end of The Cut. At the command “Make the boat narrow!” you swing the scull handles behind you and if the boat has enough momentum it glides through. At the northern and southern ends of the navigable stretch, the reeds are encroaching into the channel. This gives you opportunities to practice the Make the Boat Narrow drill.

There is a tow-path along the whole length of the canal, so with a bit of effort you can always scramble out of your boat to find amenities.

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Strategy. There is no point in being first to the finish during a tour. The coach won’t take you back to the hotel until the last boat has arrived and the last crew to arrive will have the most people available to help them lift and carry. And riverside cafes and pubs should not be deprived of income.

The Natives were nearly always friendly. We got lots of smiles and waves and encouragement. The powerboat drivers, with only two exceptions, were all very considerate.

We met Rosie Sanderson who rowed at Broxbourne before moving to Settle.

The following are my favourite comments from people that I didn’t know.

When I asked the coach driver if it was going to stay dry he demonstrated a Lancastrian’s philosophical attitude to rain and said “Hmm, possibly.” (It didn’t rain.)

A small lady called Beryl, who is probably even older than me, held out her hand to help me bridge the gap between the boat and the bank. I asked her if she was strong enough and she said “Oh I’m strong, don’t you worry about me love!”

A man with a Scottish accent watched us and said “I’m not seeing perfect harmony here!” Was he a rowing expert who could see some (modest cough) minute imperfections in our timing? Or was he just winding us up? We’ll never know.

Thank you Jane for doing all the trailer towing and for recognizing that when I offered to drive I didn’t really want to.

— Chris Moody

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