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:

New Learn 2 Race Programme

Posted by Craig Allan | August 31, 2012

The learn to race programme at Broxbourne Rowing Club will start soon. For more information please take a look at the new learn to race page. The club will be open to interested people at 9.30am TOMORROW and the deadline for entries is Tuesday 11th September.

New Learn To Row

Posted by Craig Allan | August 19, 2012

The next learn to row will be different. More information will be added to the learn to row page very soon. Please email learntorow@broxbournerowingclub.org to be notified when the information is updated.

 

McKellar Brings Home Gold

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 21, 2012

After a long season of trials and training Broxbourne’s Rowan McKellar found her reward not once but twice at the Home International Regatta today.



Rowan followed in Father Quintin’s footprints when she was selected to compete for Scotland. Having been approached by the England manager last week after her resounding win with Emma McDonald in the pair at British Championships Rowan was happy to inform them that she was busy that weekend already.



Competing in both the pair and the quad Rowan converted both races into Gold medals for Scotland, adding further to an impressive list of achievements from the last few years.



The whole of the club would like to congratulate Rowan on her achievement, and look forward to hearing the race stories in full detail, and seeing the medals when she returns to the club!

The season in review

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 20, 2012

The 2011/12 season has been an profitable one for the Senior Men of Broxbourne Rowing Club.

The season yielded a total of 57 pots and gold medals from 21 wins, shared amongst ten oarsmen and one cox. 16 of those wins and 35 of the pots and medals came from sculling competitions, with the remaining 22 pots coming from 5 sweep wins. 16 wins were from senior races, with some of the older members of the squad donning their masters caps and picking up 5 wins from age group events.

It’s not all about quantity of course, and the quality of some of these wins was very high. The head season brought pots from top regional events such as Head of the Trent, and the squad dominated their entries at national events such as British Masters Champs. The jewel in the crown came when the coxless four took the club’s first win over 2k at Dorney at Marlow Regatta.

There were achievements that didn’t involve winning too. Craig Allan and Adam Ridler’s 12th place overall broke the club record for the highest Pairs Head finish. The same pairing plus Graham Everitt and Chris Scorah then took the record for the highest club finish at Fours Head with their 31st place. The same four along with Simon Robins, Chris Heathcote, Chris Turnbull, Rob Alexander and Cally then broke the club record for the highest ever finish at Eights Head with their 60th place. The scullers of the club put in a fantastic performance at Scullers Head too. Broxbourne was the most represented club not based on the tideway, and only 4 more clubs managed to place more scullers inside the top 200.

The results on the water were driven by the results on land. 5k, 2k and 30 minute r20 PBs were set by most members of the squad, and the size of weights on the end of bars steadily increased throughout the year.

Next season brings a new challenge in the form of stepping up and moving onwards. While this may seem hard, there were many near-misses throughout the season that can be converted into wins, and cancelled races that deprived the chance of a win. With the addition of several new members to the squad competition looks set to increase, and the squad is looking forward to an even more profitable 12 months. With the addition of a more structured training programme and an increase in the number of coached outings, improvements in performance will be hard earned but can be realistically targeted.

Any new members considering joining the squad should contact Graham Everitt via the contact us page.

 

Henley Race Report 2012

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 1, 2012

Still high off the back of their win at Marlow, Broxbourne A eagerly awaited the draw on Saturday for news of who they would face on Wednesday.



The B crew had unfortunately not made it through qualifiers on Friday despite a strong row into an even stronger head wind. They were just half a second off the fastest non-qualifier, so can consider themselves unlucky not to qualify in what was a very tough year to compete for the Wyfold Challenge Cup.



When Mike Sweeney announced the draw at just gone 3pm on Saturday afternoon, Broxbourne’s name was called out alongside that of Tyrian. The Tyrian crew (University of London’s alumni club) had been racing at elite status at Marlow, so the four were left feeling a little in the dark over how the race would pan out.



However, the Stewards had decided to seed just 4 crews, and the opposition that made up the rest of Broxbourne’s quarter of the draw didn’t contain any entries of frightening pace. Good, close racing was in the offing, with the carrot of a row in the semi-finals on Saturday if Broxbourne could make the most of it.



Wednesday evening arrived, and the Broxbourne crew paddled up to the start conscious of a very strong headwind and stream. These weren’t exactly ideal conditions for a crew who are giving away over 2 stone a man to their opposition. The Broxbourne crew could take comfort, though, in the fact that they had drawn the favoured Berkshire station which runs through a marginally weaker part of the stream at the start and finish of the race.



The umpire started the race with a wave of the flag from the launch, and Ridler’s aggression led his crew out to a length lead by the end of the island where they were still striking 43. Tyrian responded, and the Broxbourne crew’s first push as they passed the barrier was unfortunately timed with a strong gust of wind. The push failed to snap the chain and break contact. Broxbourne dropped the rate to a steady 37 as they tried to work a longer rhythm into the head wind.



The Tyrian crew were now in their element, and they began to erode the Broxbourne lead through the middle kilometre. Lung burning, lactic induced agony ensued, and as both crews entered the enclosures, Tyrian had just over a length lead and were being warned for their steering. Broxbourne raised their rate of striking to 39 in a desperate attempt to get their noses back in front, but were unable to find the necessary speed to turn them over.



While the crew were disappointed not to have won and progressed further through the competition, they felt that they’d emptied the tanks and had nothing more to give. Unfortunately the Tyrian crew were then disqualified the next day for causing a clash at the start, so the Broxbourne crew didn’t have the opportunity to mark their comparative speed.



The pivotal moment had been where Broxbourne failed to break away and take clear water at the first push as they passed the barrier. Had conditions been more suited to lightweights the result may have been different, but now the crew returns to training to face up to the tough challenge on delivering an even better season’s results next year.



Support from the rest of the club was greatly appreciated by the crew on the day and in the build up. In particular the words from President Mould the day before were greatly appreciated, as were the only slightly slurred shouts from what seemed to be most of the master’s squad hanging off the side of a cruiser during the warm up.

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