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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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.


Posted by Eleanor Everitt | June 4, 2013

The annual Captains BBQ will take place on Saturday 31 August 2013.




More details to follow.

BRC Rule the Roost at British Masters Championships

Posted by Graham Everitt | May 23, 2013

After just missing out at last year’s regatta, Broxbourne’s Masters team have returned to the Lea victorious.

The Harry Harvey Cup
With a margin of just 5 points over our local rivals at the Lea, the Victor Ludorum, known as The Harry Harvey, has been awarded to Broxbourne along with a prize of £1,000.

The commentary team were giving regular updates throughout the day, so everyone knew that we were in the hunt with it all to play for in the last few events of the day. Thankfully, in our last two races the D4x managed to step up their game and bring home gold (rumours are they’ve actually been training instead of just drinking coffee) and the women’s novice Masters C 2x picked up silver and 6 points with just a few races to go to help us stay ahead of the rapidly closing Lea.

At just a few minutes past 8 a.m. the day had kicked off with a bang with gold for the mixed 8, followed shortly after by gold in the A1x from Adam Ridler. The mixed C8+, B8+, and D4x all followed suit throughout the day with more gold medals and, crucially, maximum points to add to our tally in the competition for the VL.

There were many silvers too, with Craig Allan following Adam Ridler home in the A1x, then the A4x, mixed C/D4x, the women’s A4x, the B4-, and the women’s novice B 2x.

The day was enormous fun for all competing – close racing was a feature of nearly every event this year, and the standard of the competition continues to rise each year. The previous day had seen Broxbourne’s quad win the IM1 quads at the Nottingham City Regatta also, so the weekend was a profitable trip all-round.

All who competed owe coach Martin Tate a big thank you for orchestrating the campaign to win the VL, helping to put crews together, organising the trailer and getting our boats up there too!

1973 4+ Re-union

Posted by Graham Everitt | May 16, 2013

In 1973 the SC4+ of Bob Miller, Jim Brandon, Ray Woods, Jeff Jupp and cox Andy Kelly, coached by the late Pete Wise, won Peterborough Sprint Regatta and Kingston Regatta. They also reached the final at Huntingdon and Birmingham.

Jim and Ray, coxed by Andy, also won the coxed restricted division at the Pairs Head of the River.

The four have decided to get together again on Wednesday 5th June at 7pm at the club.

All members past and present are welcome to watch and admire their strokeplay!

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