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.

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Maastricht Rowing Weekend, July 20th-21st, 2013

Posted by Chris Lawn | July 29, 2013

For the eight Broxbourne Recreational Rowers who were given a warm welcome by the Dutch hosts, this was serious stuff. Races in stable quads over 1000m on the Saturday morning were followed by mixed crew racing over 500m in the afternoon. Three medals were won in the mixed crews, with Pete Bilyard taking prime honours…here seen making the most of it! A splendid musical barbecue, and a very hot ‘tour’ on the Maas on the Sunday, completed a very enjoyable weekend.
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Broxbourne Masters Find Success at Henley Masters

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 16, 2013

With 4 different crews, and representation in one further composite crew, Broxbourne’s masters enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the Henley reach this Saturday.


Having won the Masters D4x at British Masters back in May, the crew of Andy Kelly, Chris Heathcote, Rob Alexander and Quintin McKellar were favourites to win their event. It was far from a done deal though, with Brit Masters silver medallists Tees in contention. The Tees crew has been the boat to beat in this event over the last few years, so the Broxbourne crew approached the event with the respect it was due.


Both Tees and Broxbourne made their way to the final the easy way – with their semi finals opposition doffing their caps and politely steering into the booms to allow both crews an easy row through. With Broxbourne drawn to make use of the favoured Berks side they were keen to make the most of their luck.


At the island the crews were both level, with maybe a seat to Broxbourne’s favour. At the end of the first minute Broxbourne’s smooth, high cadence style that had spectators wondering if this was a delayed final for the QM Challenge Cup from Henley Royal began to pay off and they moved out to a half length lead. Hearing the Tees crew call a push at 600m, Broxbourne responded by squeezing the legs for another half length, to lead the race by one length moving into the final 250m. The Tees crew then threw the kitchen sink at Broxbourne in the last 250m, but with no good looks left to lose the Broxbourne crew remained unruffled, and cruised over the line 3/4 of a length clear and Henley Masters champions.


There were concerns immediately afterwards that the crew would be disqualified owing to Andy Kelly’s particularly revolting hat, until they remembered that in Masters racing appalling hats are in fact encouraged and usually lead to a reduction in handicap as a mark of respect from admiring officials.

Andy Kelly turns to watch the faces of spectators as they notice his hat, and Chris Heathcote proves once again that he is so fast he doesn't have time to straighten his arms.



Tony Stokes won also, rowing in a H4+ as Broxbourne in a Minerva composite, beating an Offenbach crew by 1.5 lengths in 3:46. This was the same Offenbach crew that the Broxbourne crew of Dave Sprague, Matt Stallard, Rob Pinckney and Tony Stokes beat in a D4- and D4+ in 1997 at the World Masters Championships in Munich. Offenbach’s 4- then scratched their race against the same crew later in the day, so the composite then rowed over to collect their 2nd medal of the day. It can only be assumed that Offenbach were tired of being thumped by a stoked-up Tony, and had headed off in search of opposition that had aged somewhat less aggressively.


The Women’s Masters B4x, Men’s C4+ and Men’s D8+ sadly exited the opposition in first round knockouts, but all crews look forward to returning next season for another full season’s racing at the country’s top Masters events. After wins at Masters Fours Head, the VL at British Masters, and medals at Henley Masters, next year will take some beating.

The Dirty Dozen needs YOU!

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 9, 2013

“Good Day. We are privileged to live another day in this magnificent world. Today you will be tested.” – Mike Livingston from Assault on Lake Casitas

 

The summer racing schedule is now drawing to a close for many of us, and while several squads will be attending some of the smaller regattas in August, many are now starting to eye up what next year could bring.


This is the point where the near legendary group of scullers from Broxbourne Rowing Club begin their transition into a hardened group of single scullers, intent only on submitting their bodies to the sickening cycle of damage and repair that is the build up to Scullers Head, due to take place this year on November 15th.

“You must assume full responsibility for choosing to pursue power. Know that you alone have chosen to be tested, and then proceed without doubt, remorse, or blame. You alone are responsible.”Mike Livingston from Assault on Lake Casitas



The group, coached (metaphorically) by Brad Alan Lewis and Mike Livingston, are known both locally and internationally as The Dirty Dozen.



Sometimes they are simply and affectionately referred to as “The Doz'”.

In previous years, various BRC members have rolled into the Doz’. That the members have ranged from Junior Men and Junior Women to Quintin shows that age and beauty are no barrier. The group trains regularly together to forge a competitive spirit that squads that don’t train with Chris Scorah just can’t replicate.

Only one thing is sure – the Doz’ has never contained exactly a dozen scullers.

“Pain? Yes, of course. Racing without pain is not racing. But the pleasure of being ahead outweighed the pain a million times over. To hell with the pain. What’s six minutes of pain compared to the pain they’re going to feel for the next six months or six decades. You never forget your wins and losses in this sport. YOU NEVER FORGET.” – Brad Alan Lewis from Assault on Lake Casitas

Vesta Scullers Head takes place this year at 9:30am on November 15th. It’s one of the most gruelling, and rewarding, races in the British Calendar – held over the 4.25mile Championship course from Mortlake to Putney. So if you’re struggling to find an aim that seems worthy, join the Doz and represent at Scullers Head.


The build up involves regular sessions throughout the summer that you can pick and choose:

  • Monday evenings – 12k-18k OTW r20
  • Tuesday evenings – 12k-18k OTW r20
  • Wednesday mornings – 12k OTW (r24 if Scorah is down, r20 otherwise)
  • Thursday evenings – 12k-18k OTW r20
  • Saturday mornings in Tidal Flow – Anger and Carnage x 4 – free rate



Once July, August and September have disappeared into a red mist of crushing, lung searing, blistered, joyous pain then it’s time to start racing.

“You must approach each test with the seriousness and passion that you would use to prepare to challenge your death. You must prepare–not to die– but to battle for your life in each moment with every faculty and power available to you.” – Mike Livingston from Assault on Lake Casitas


The exact schedule is subject to sign-off from the Rowing committee, but is likely to feature the following races:



  • 28 Sep – Wallingford LDSc
  • 27 Oct – Upper Thames 4s & SBH
  • 2 Nov – Henley Sculls
  • 9 Nov – Kingston SBH
  • 16 Nov – Vesta Scullers Head



Nothing is concrete, nothing except the want to beat each other is required. In the Dozen, every sculler is his own master. Our accountability to ourselves is what makes the Doz’ fly.

“Nobody Beats Us! served as our main trigger… We practiced using trigger words, private verbal keys, which unlocked certain thoughts for us. We had a half-dozen phrases–some dealt with maintaining our technique, two dealt with maintaining our technique, two dealt with our stroke rating. The most powerful phrase was ‘Nobody Beats Us!’ According to our plan, when I said these words to Paul toward the end of the race, we would immediately shift into our final sprint, rowing as high and hard as possible, straight through, until we crossed the finish line.” – Brad Alan Lewis from Assault on Lake Casitas



Join the Doz’. Do it for yourself. To join, simply let me (Graham Everitt) know you’re interested and I’ll get you up to speed on who’s training when.

Henley Royal Regatta report

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 9, 2013

This year, Broxbourne entered a coxless four into the Wyfold Challenge Cup and a quadruple scull into The Prince Of Wales Challenge Cup.


The entry into the Wyfold Challenge Cup this year was a huge one, with 55 crews going for 32 places, and with just 12 places from the 36 crews required to qualify the boys knew it would be tough. Form said that they were likely to get through, but on the day the row simply didn’t come together and they missed out, coming in as 4th fastest non-qualifier, so a likely 3 seconds or so off of the required pace.


The quad was not required to go through qualifiers owing to an unusually quiet year which attracted 14 entries to the 16 boat event. The quality was high as usual though, and the Broxbourne/Tyrian composite was unlucky to draw the seeded Norwegian U23 quad on the first day. Despite a fast start, the crew were simply outclassed and joined the rest of the club in the Stewards enclosure at lunch time for a commiseratory pint.


The squad now return to single sculls and beach weights for the summer and look forward to next year!

Dorney lake gets Riddled again

Posted by Graham Everitt | June 4, 2013

With the sun arriving at last, the Senior Men’s squad journeyed over to Dorney Lake for the Metropolitan Regatta, one of the UK’s top rowing events. Having come home second four times in the last two years the squad were hopeful of bringing home some medals at last.


The Saturday saw Club Captain, Graham Everitt (me), racing first in a heat of IM3 singles. Repeating Adam Ridler’s words “the great white shark strikes in the second kilometre”, I kept my powder dry and confidently moved into the lead at the 1k mark. I then appeared to be in a need of a bit more advice from Adam as I blew up and nearly fell in with 100m to go, meaning I came in third and had the rep to row a few hours later. #LikeAboss. With one sculler going through to the final there could be no errors, but thankfully there were no more incidents and I progressed in a time of 7:39. With the final at just gone 6pm I came in 4th, pleased with a tough day of 2k racing – my first in a single.


The IM2 4- were next up, and they silently dominated the field in their heat up until 1500m when they went for it Everitt-style and were pushed back into second place, but safely through to the final. After a few conversations to ascertain exactly who was supposed to be making the calls which had been so rigorously planned and discussed, the four boated for the final hopeful of contesting for the win. The standard of the field was high though, and they slipped back into fourth place, disappointed but pleased with what was only their third outing. The crew are looking forward to improved performances at Marlow Regatta and the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in a few weeks.


Craig Allan was next up in the final of IM1 single sculls. In a typical Craig-like performance, from the outside everything looked to be progressing well at 500m in where he was sitting comfortably in second place behind some big dog called Dunley. However, what we couldn’t see is that Craig’s brain had journeyed off to the Land of the Sloths, where thousands of sloths dance to rave music in the jungle, and he wasn’t aware of his surroundings at all. Accordingly, he was somewhat surprised to find his blade wrapped around the buoys 20m later, and he dropped back 3 lengths to 5th place – too much ground to make up on a field of strong scullers.


Photo: Good day at the office in the 1x
Last up was the Harlow Hounder, the ginger ninja, the riddled rower, the Salmon King himself… Adam Ridler. Slightly malnourished and crazed after Anne-Marie had left him on his own at home for a week, Adam was looking slightly twitchy before the race and could only talk about his red socks and red shoes. Red is, of course, the colour of power so this boded well for his chances. Leading by clear water at the 1k marker, Adam then felt he’d mix it up a bit and attack the buoys, Craig style. But class will always out in the end, and he strode home four seconds clear of the second place sculler – the classy Paskovitch of Bristol. This is Adam’s second win in this event but his first in Broxbourne colours. His time of 7:18 was the second fastest of any sculler that day – showing just what form he’s in at the moment. All hail the Salmon King.


The Sunday saw the Broxbourne/Tyrian composite of Adam Ridler, Graham Everitt, Craig Allan and Paul Keane (Tyrian) boat to race in the IM1 4x category. The Molesey crews who were supposed to race mysteriously scratched minutes before the race, making this a three boat final versus Windsor Boys, second at the recent School’s Head, and a crew from Leander Club racing as Star and Arrow. Unfortunately the Broxbourne crew didn’t get out of the blocks at their usual speed and dropped half a length back on their two opponents. Against well drilled opposition in fast conditions this proved too great a deficit to win back, and the crew came in a few seconds behind the winners in a time of 6:15. Frustrated, the quad now looks forward to putting things right at Marlow and Henley, where they’ll be entering the Prince of Wales.

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