Whilst many enjoy the recreational side of rowing, for many, the only reason they row is to race! Unlike many sports, rowing has competitive events all year round. Racing events happen all across the country and there are competitions for all skill levels!


If you are already a competitive rower at Broxbourne and want to know about up and coming events – see the “Future Events” page (coming soon!). If you want to know more about racing, keep reading.


The rowing calendar in the UK splits roughly in two: summer and winter:


  • Summer season: starts in about April and is regatta season! Regattas are side-by-side races over a fixed distance. The route to victory in a regatta is to cross the line before all the other boats you race. Regattas held on a river tend to have two crews in a single race. Some of the bigger events held at places such as Dorney Lake are Multi-Lane where more than two crews (from 3 – 6 usually) race against each other in a single race. Distances can range from anywhere between 500m to the Olympic standard 2000m. The regatta season tends to draw to a close in late August, with the exception of one of two smaller events in September.

  • Winter season: runs from October to the end of March / early April. Unlike regattas, head races are rowed against the clock. Crews are started in turn at fixed time intervals and are ranked by time at the end. Head races tend to be much longer than regattas, from 2000m up to about 7000m at the Head of the River races on the Thames!

For more information on how to get in to racing – see the Racing Specifics page.

Head of the Nene cancelled!

Posted by Penny Scorah | February 4, 2011

due to high winds.

Peterborough Head of the Nene entries

Posted by Angela Watling | January 18, 2011

Hi all,


Please note, the entries deadline for Peterborough Head is this Friday, 21 January 2011. All entries should be submitted using the online entries form and should be done by VCs only.


Alex Gibson is taking over the role of Entries Secretary with immediate effect and will be dealing with the Peterborough entries. All communication channels remain unchanged.

Who wants to be an Entries Secretary?

Posted by Angela Watling | January 12, 2011

After almost two years as Entries Secretary, work and other rowing commitments mean I need to stand down from the role by the end of February. So, for all of those of you wanting to get more involved in the club, here is your chance! The Entries Secretary role is vital to the club – without one, BRC rowers would drive a trailer of boats to a regatta and then just sit on the sidelines looking jealous!


The key jobs of the Entries Secretary are:


    – Submitting crew entries for events;
    – Collecting entry fees and petrol money from squad VCs;
    – Paying race fees to event organisers;
    – Collating the list of up-and-coming races and updating the BRC website;
    – Attending the start of the monthly Rowing Committee meetings to talk to squad VCs about future events;
    – Various other bits and bobs!

One important thing an Entries Secretary must be is organised and able to meet deadlines. Once the club deadline has passed, entries need to be submitted quickly so that the event doesn’t close. However, most events take entries through the British Rowing Online Entry system which is really easy to use!

The post is a great way to get involved with all squads. You end-up knowing where everyone is going and what they are doing! So, if you are interested, please email me at entries@broxbournerowingclub.org and help the club to keep racing!

Winter season racing

Posted by Angela Watling | January 7, 2011

Hello everyone! I have recently updated the Future Races page to show any events nearby which are coming-up over the next few months. If you are interested in any of them, or in something not showing, please let your VC know so they can raise it at the Rowing Committee meeting. We need to know about events as early as possible so we can handle any clashes with boats, the trailer or the truck.


Please note, the deadline for Weybridge Winter Head and Cambridge Head 2 Head is tomorrow, Saturday 8 January 2011. Any entries must be placed by your VC through the online entries form.

Event deadlines coming-up

Posted by Angela Watling | September 14, 2010

We have various events with entry deadlines this Friday. These are:

  • Wallingford LDS and Cambridge SBH – both on 02/10/2010
  • St Neots SBH and Maidstone SBH – both on 02/10/2010

Since the club only has one truck and trailer, if there is interest in both events on one / both day(s), the Rowing Committee will need to decide which to attend.
If you are interested in attending any of the above events, please let me know your interest ASAP and get your entries to me by Friday. There are also events with deadlines the following week, which can be found on the Future Races page.

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