I’m Sarah, captain of Broxbourne Rowing Club. Below is some information about rowing at Broxbourne. If you are a complete beginner please see the Learn 2 Row section but if you have some experience of rowing and/or coxing and would like to join one of the squads contact me by email: captain@broxbournerowingclub.org


Rowing at Broxbourne


Competitive Rowing
BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system. You would begin in a novice / development crew maybe along with people from your beginner’s course with an aim to compete in these events. This would involve commitment to train regularly and achieve a good level of fitness; the frequency of this would depend on your crew but generally requires a minimum of 3 training sessions per week. Racing at Masters level is becoming increasingly popular and events are offered for ages 27 to over 80 based on the average age of the crew.

Recreational Rowing
If competitive rowing and structured training programmes are not for you, recreational rowing is a great option. Recreational rowing still requires stamina and aerobic fitness but is less demanding than competitive rowing and is more about the enjoyment of being on the river than entering races. At BRC we are building our recreational rowing squad and have a core group of people who meet up to row together. This group may also venture further afield, but are more likely to row over the lock to the local pub than be seen at a regatta! We have recently acquired some new boats specifically designed for recreational, touring and coastal rowing.

Sculling
Most members of the club are aligned to a squad; however it is also possible to enjoy rowing on your own. Experienced scullers will be assessed prior to taking out club equipment, we have a large range of single sculls available for members. There are opportunities to learn to scull with the beginner’s course if you join in the summer, or it may be that you learn later on. You will learn in a training scull and it is essential that you do this under supervision of a coach until you are signed off as competent to avoid a swimming session! Sculling can be enjoyable for all levels and provides some independence on when you train. Please speak to one of the beginner coaches if you are interested in learning.

Coxing
We are always looking for new coxes to join our crews! Coxing involves steering the boat and providing motivation for the crew. We are always very happy to train new coxes, please speak to any of the rowing committee if interested. Although coxes for racing are usually lightweight there are far fewer restrictions for training purposes and the best coxes at club level are not always the lightest people.


Fitness Training


Ergos: The rowing machine is the best option for non-water based fitness training. We have 11 machines at the club available for all members to use.

Circuit training: Circuit sessions open to all are held starting at 7pm on Tuesdays. Please arrive 10 minutes early before your first session to ensure you understand each exercise.


Races


BRC regularly competes against other clubs at local and national level regattas and has on occasion competed overseas. We compete all year round in regattas (side by side races) in the summer and head races (time trials) in the winter season. Most races we attend are run under the British Rowing system so your first race would be at novice level and you would progress up to intermediate and senior status as you win races.
To get involved with a competition crew you will need to join one of our racing squads. Race entries will be co-ordinated via your coach or squad vice-captain and all race entries will be placed by the Race Entries Secretary. To enter a race you will need to be a British Rowing member.

The Met and Peterborough Regatta

Posted by Ryan Cheale | June 4, 2018

This past weekend (2nd/3rd June 2018) we sent crews to compete at the Met and Peterborough regatta.

The Met saw our 4+ place fourth in Tier 4 4+ having a dingdong with Thames and Chester the whole way down, being edged at the last moment. I competed in the Championship sculls coming in with a 7:30 down the Dorney course, tailing the rest of the Elites.

1x Final time 7:30

4+ Final time 6:54

Peterborough we sent a number of boats
Op.8+ (3:34, 3:44)
Op.4+ (3:52, 4:00)
Op.4x (3:39, 3:30)
Op.4x (3:12)
Op.2x (NTT, 3:53)
MC.2x (4:37)
Op.1x (4:25, 4:15)

Every boat made their final and represented well. Having only input from the senior squad from time to time they represented well and I look forward to seeing their performance at Peterborough Summer.

Full results:

Met

Peterborough

Met Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | June 1, 2018

We are sending two crews to Dorney this Saturday 2nd June 2018, drawn into:

Championship 1x

Ryan Cheale

Tier 4 4+

C: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
3: Phil Robinson
2: Alex Woolgar
B: Mike Marsh

Nottingham City Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | May 22, 2018

Last year we sent two scullers to Nottingham City Regatta for the first time for a number of years. Following the success of a 2nd place and win this year we are sending 10 athletes there:

Band 2 4x: BRX/DMU (Ryan Cheale / Russ Theobald)
Band 3 4+: Richard Watkins / James Evans / Huseyin Asyan / Andrew Jones
Open 4x: Dan Richardson / Peter Cox / Adam Brown / Max Sullivan
Open 1x: Ryan Cheale

This is the first regatta for our 4+ and looking forward to how they cope with an intimidating distance!
Photos to come.

Wallingford Regatta 2018

Posted by Ryan Cheale | May 4, 2018

This year Wallingford Regatta takes place on Sunday 6th May over at Dorney Lake. The first of the Dorney 1,2,3 races and the only one which tends to have no University crews. It’s all out club warfare and we are sending four crews to compete.

Race 15 08:54 Challenge 8+ Heat C

Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
7: Russell Theobald
6: Mike Marsh
5: Alex Woolgar
4: Matt Fidler
3: Ben Hughes
2: Peter Maynes
B: Rick Bolton

Race 53 12:42 Club 1x Heat A

Ryan Cheale

Race 59 13:18 Challenge 4- Heat E

S: Mike Marsh
3: Ben Hughes
2: Peter Maynes
B: Rick Bolton

Race 61 13:30 Challenge 4+ Heat A

Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Ummarino
3: Alex Woolgar
2: Matt Fidler
B: Russell Theobald

Head of the River Race 2018 – Race Report

Posted by Ryan Cheale | March 15, 2018

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The HoRR event is the premier eights race for men’s Eights in the United Kingdom. The Tideway, a mistress to the weather, has often seen this event called off. This year the weather behaved itself and with mild winds, the event was run on Sunday 11th.

This year we entered two crews:

A: 112
Cox: Kathryn
S: Dario Unmarino
7: Rick Bolton
6: Ryan Cheale
5: Phil Robinson
4: Steve Turner
3: Russell Theobald
2: Graham Walker
B: Ben Hughes

B: 249
Cox: Cerys
S: Dan Richardson
7: Dan.L
6: Richard Watkins
5: Husayin Aysen
4: Brian O’Purcell
3: Giles Dunk
2: Andrew Jones
B: David Pike

The A crew saw a last-minute illness and forced an unplanned substitution. Nevertheless, we set off hard chasing down Vesta-C boat. We comfortably walked through them at the Chiswick Eyot and begun using them to push off. Post hammersmith the toll of racing was starting to get to us but with some strong calls from our cox we picked it up and continued to push. Up ahead we had begun closing in on a group of crews, sadly (or perhaps luckily) we didn’t catch them in time to be part of the mess of boats. We placed 112th overall.

It was a solid row for the men’s B boat, the conditions were good and we were able to settle into a decent rate off of the start. Unfortunately, the snow had messed up training so we had not done much high rate training, but on the day the crew coped well. Cerys coxed us well through the race, including pulling off a clean overtake in the last stretch. Hopefully, with more training at race pace, we should be in good shape for Bedford 4s.

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