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:

Fours Head – The King is dead, long live The King!

Posted by Graham Everitt | November 10, 2011

Not that you’d know it from the weather at the weekend, but November has at last arrived. This means only one thing to the members of Broxbourne’s Senior Men’s squad – Fours Head!



This year the entry consisted of two boats – an IM1 4x going off 67th and an IM2 4+ going off some three hundred places lower.


The build up to this race, and the start to the season, has been fairly strong. With Craig and Adam placing 12th at Pair’s Head and the quad taking the headship at Upper Thames head, the crew was feeling positive going into the race – despite being able to count their outings on one hand. The coxed four was feeling positive too, after some heavy sessions of seat racing to set the crew and some technically strong outings we were all looking forward to a good race along the Championship course.


With race day upon us, the boats just about arrived at the course having been towed by yours truly.  With only a few disgruntled motorists left in our wake, we rigged up and hit the water. The start to the race for the quad was tricky and with 4 crews to overtake before Barnes, Chris Scorah’s steering was put to the test. The test was passed, but a rapid IC crew took advantage of the gap that we had battered and followed the line through, closing fast from 2 places back. Once we were out of Barnes and into clear water, Adam Ridler played his usual trick at stroke and jacked the rate in response to IC, reminding all of us behind him why he’s been able to win his category at Scullers head for the last two years. The crew and the boat’s response was immediate, and we held IC at an even 3 lengths for the remainder of the distance. The last 500 metres passed in the usual Broxbourne fashion – an impressive increase in rate and boatspeed rapdily followed by an immediate decline in both. Crossing the line, the crew felt comfortable with the underlying boat speed that had been achieved, but felt slightly frustrated at the lack of “polishedness” to the performance.


The coxed four had an altogether different race. Going off low down the order in the heavily subscribed IM2 coxed four category they struggled to find space to breath in early on. Unable to get the racing line from a crew that they were overtaking, they were stuck on the outside of the stream going around the Chiswick Eyot corner. This was then follwed by a serious blade clash which resulted in them stopping dead in the course for some time and collecting their lost number from the water. Polite greetings and witty quips were exchanged, but the race was essentially done-fer.


When the results hit the screens of our iPhones a short time later, reactions were as mixed as you’d expect from reading the above. The coxed four would rather not reflect on the number against which their name is placed, and are knuckling back down to training in order to focus on things to be achieved rather than opportunities lost. The quad were pleased to take the club record for the highest ever finish from a Broxbourne crew with their 31st place, but look forward to achieving a more polished performance in future races in order to demonstrate their full potential.

Do not use the showers at the club for the next few days!

Posted by Stuart Burden | November 8, 2011

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHANGING ROOM SHOWER FLOORS ARE BEING SORTED OUT AT THE MOMENT AND WILL BE OUT OF ACTION FOR TODAY AND DAYTIME TOMORROW AT LEAST.
YOU CAN USE THE CHANGING ROOMS, BUT…
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE SHOWERS TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY TOMORROW EVENING ALSO.

Important Notice regarding clubhouse use on Saturday 12th November

Posted by Penny Scorah | November 6, 2011

Please note that in order to prepare for the Annual Dinner on Saturday evening, the kitchen, gym and bar areas will be OUT OF USE on Saturday. There will be limited breakfast this week of tea and toast near the bosthouse. While there will be access to changing rooms and toilets, PLEASE ensure that you take your SHOES OFF at the door, checking that you aren’t bringing any mud into the building, as it will have had a good clean Friday. Sunday morning may also be subject to similar restrictions. Thank you, on behalf of the Social Committee.

DINNER DANCE TICKETS – 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BUY!

Posted by Becky Bishop | October 12, 2011

Tickets for the dinner dance on 12th November will only be on sale until 30th October, just over 2 weeks from now. Tickets will be on sale during breakfast this Saturday (15th) and next Saturday (29th). If you would like more information please contact Becky (becsbish@hotmail.com)

DINNER DANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Posted by Becky Bishop | October 5, 2011

The dinner dance tickets will be on sale during breakfast this Saturday 8th Oct. Look for Becky or Eleanor. You can also pre-order your wine and let us have your requests for the DJ. Tickets cost £42.50 please bring cash or a cheque!

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