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:

Wallingford Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | May 4, 2018

This year Wallingford Regatta takes place on Sunday 6th May over at Dorney Lake. The first of the Dorney 1,2,3 races and the only one which tends to have no University crews. It’s all out club warfare and we are sending four crews to compete.

Race 15 08:54 Challenge 8+ Heat C

Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
7: Russell Theobald
6: Mike Marsh
5: Alex Woolgar
4: Matt Fidler
3: Ben Hughes
2: Peter Maynes
B: Rick Bolton

Race 53 12:42 Club 1x Heat A

Ryan Cheale

Race 59 13:18 Challenge 4- Heat E

S: Mike Marsh
3: Ben Hughes
2: Peter Maynes
B: Rick Bolton

Race 61 13:30 Challenge 4+ Heat A

Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
3: Alex Woolgar
2: Matt Fidler
B: Russell Theobald

Head of the River Race 2018 – Race Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | March 15, 2018

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The HoRR event is the premier eights race for men’s Eights in the United Kingdom. The Tideway, a mistress to the weather, has often seen this event called off. This year the weather behaved itself and with mild winds, the event was run on Sunday 11th.

This year we entered two crews:

A: 112
Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Unmarino
7: Rick Bolton
6: Ryan Cheale
5: Phil Robinson
4: Steve Turner
3: Russell Theobald
2: Graham Walker
B: Ben Hughes

B: 249
Cox: Cerys
S: Dan Richardson
7: Dan.L
6: Richard Watkins
5: Husayin Aysen
4: Brian O’Purcell
3: Giles Dunk
2: Andrew Jones
B: David Pike

The A crew saw a last-minute illness and forced an unplanned substitution. Nevertheless, we set off hard chasing down Vesta-C boat. We comfortably walked through them at the Chiswick Eyot and begun using them to push off. Post hammersmith the toll of racing was starting to get to us but with some strong calls from our cox we picked it up and continued to push. Up ahead we had begun closing in on a group of crews, sadly (or perhaps luckily) we didn’t catch them in time to be part of the mess of boats. We placed 112th overall.

It was a solid row for the men’s B boat, the conditions were good and we were able to settle into a decent rate off of the start. Unfortunately, the snow had messed up training so we had not done much high rate training, but on the day the crew coped well. Cerys coxed us well through the race, including pulling off a clean overtake in the last stretch. Hopefully, with more training at race pace, we should be in good shape for Bedford 4s.

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.

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