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.

Winter racing

Posted by Angela Watling | August 30, 2010

With the summer racing season drawing to a close, I have started drawing-up a list of events for the start of the winter season. You can find it by looking at the Future Races page under Racing. It is based on events we attended last year or anything that has been mentioned at the Rowing Committee to date. Take a look and if you are interested in doing any of them, discuss with your Vice Captain. Similarly, mention anything not on the list to either your VC or me (entries at broxbournerowingclub.org) and we can discuss it at the next Rowing Committee meeting!

It’s Peterborough Summer time again

Posted by Angela Watling | August 13, 2010

It’s that time of year again – this weekend is Peterborough Summer regatta! This is the last big regatta being attended this season and we have a good number of entries yet again, with races happening throughout the day. The draws for both Saturday and Sunday can be found on the Peterborough City Rowing Club website. So, if you find yourself wondering what to do tomorrow or Sunday, come along and support everyone!

Sudbury draw is out!

Posted by Sarah Gilliver | August 3, 2010


Sudbury and Peterborough Summer entries

Posted by Angela Watling | July 23, 2010

Whilst for many, their current focus is on St Neots tomorrow, the club entries deadline for Sudbury is also end of day tomorrow (24/07/2010). This is then followed by the Peterborough deadline the following Saturday (31/07/2010). Both of these regattas will be popular, especially Peterborough, and we are likely to have a squeeze to get things on the trailer again. So, please get your entries to me as soon as you can so we can start planning the logistics and dealing with conflicts!


Remember, a deadline is the last possible date for entries but they are more then welcome earlier than that!

Entries Form is fixed!

Posted by Penny Scorah | July 22, 2010

Just a quick post to say that the entries form is working again. Hurrah!

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