Broxbourne has a highly successful Masters rowing squad. Some of our rowers are the best, including World and National Champions and Henley winners. In 2013 Broxbourne was the most successful club at the National Masters Championship and won the “Victor Ludorum”.

The masters section is one of the largest and most active parts of the club and we compete throughout the year in regattas and head races.

Our G4 crew recently came back from the 2017 masters world championships in Bled with a gold medal.

In addition to elite rowers, we also welcome those returning to the sport and novices. If you want to train and race, you will be most welcome in the Broxbourne Masters squad.

Paul Hosking (Masters VC)

 

Bled G4

Winning gold at Bled!

Cold sunny day at Cambridge Winter Head on Saturday

Posted by Amanda Jones | November 20, 2016

Saturday started very early for some in Cambridge for the Winter Head, a sunny (once the sun came up) cold morning.  The masters and juniors were racing, everyone had a good row and results were positive.  There was some cheap talk between our masters D 8 and our mixed masters D 8, they followed each other down the course and after a fast start by the mixed crew the masters crew then started pulling away, it was close but the masters D8 were 1 second quicker than the mixed crew.  One of our crews was the fastest masters D four beating 3 Sudbury fours but then Sudbury beat both of our D 8s.  Our G four was the fastest (time adjusted) masters crew overall.

BRC wins at St Neots

Posted by Amanda Jones | July 23, 2016

Well done to everyone that raced at St Neots

Sunday we had another 3 wins:

J18 2x

Mixed IM3 4x (also won on Saturday)

Mas F/G 1x

Saturday, we had 3 wins:

Mas D4+ (all novice rowers)

Mixed IM3 4x (juniors)

Mas G4+

IMG_5614 St Neots

2 wins at Head of the Cam

Posted by Amanda Jones | April 23, 2016

Several masters crews competed at Head of the Cam in Cambridge today, they came home with two wins Master E 4+ and 8+ well done.  The masters coxed four was D, E and F combined event and our F crew came second even before the time adjustment, well done.

 

Full results: http://www.chestertonrowingclub.org/head-of-the-cam/

 

Strength in Masters Rowers

Posted by Amanda Jones | June 28, 2015

The club had some great results and racing at a very wet (on Saturday) Nottingham, at the 2015 British Rowing Masters Championships.  A big group of masters women made it a good weekend away.  The club bought home Gold medals for the women’s E 8, Novice C double, Silver medals for the women’s D 8 and bronze medal for women’s C double and Tony Stoke won Gold medals for both the H 8 and 4. Well done to all.

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Broxbourne Masters Find Success at Henley Masters

Posted by Graham Everitt | July 16, 2013

With 4 different crews, and representation in one further composite crew, Broxbourne’s masters enjoyed a fantastic weekend on the Henley reach this Saturday.


Having won the Masters D4x at British Masters back in May, the crew of Andy Kelly, Chris Heathcote, Rob Alexander and Quintin McKellar were favourites to win their event. It was far from a done deal though, with Brit Masters silver medallists Tees in contention. The Tees crew has been the boat to beat in this event over the last few years, so the Broxbourne crew approached the event with the respect it was due.


Both Tees and Broxbourne made their way to the final the easy way – with their semi finals opposition doffing their caps and politely steering into the booms to allow both crews an easy row through. With Broxbourne drawn to make use of the favoured Berks side they were keen to make the most of their luck.


At the island the crews were both level, with maybe a seat to Broxbourne’s favour. At the end of the first minute Broxbourne’s smooth, high cadence style that had spectators wondering if this was a delayed final for the QM Challenge Cup from Henley Royal began to pay off and they moved out to a half length lead. Hearing the Tees crew call a push at 600m, Broxbourne responded by squeezing the legs for another half length, to lead the race by one length moving into the final 250m. The Tees crew then threw the kitchen sink at Broxbourne in the last 250m, but with no good looks left to lose the Broxbourne crew remained unruffled, and cruised over the line 3/4 of a length clear and Henley Masters champions.


There were concerns immediately afterwards that the crew would be disqualified owing to Andy Kelly’s particularly revolting hat, until they remembered that in Masters racing appalling hats are in fact encouraged and usually lead to a reduction in handicap as a mark of respect from admiring officials.

Andy Kelly turns to watch the faces of spectators as they notice his hat, and Chris Heathcote proves once again that he is so fast he doesn't have time to straighten his arms.



Tony Stokes won also, rowing in a H4+ as Broxbourne in a Minerva composite, beating an Offenbach crew by 1.5 lengths in 3:46. This was the same Offenbach crew that the Broxbourne crew of Dave Sprague, Matt Stallard, Rob Pinckney and Tony Stokes beat in a D4- and D4+ in 1997 at the World Masters Championships in Munich. Offenbach’s 4- then scratched their race against the same crew later in the day, so the composite then rowed over to collect their 2nd medal of the day. It can only be assumed that Offenbach were tired of being thumped by a stoked-up Tony, and had headed off in search of opposition that had aged somewhat less aggressively.


The Women’s Masters B4x, Men’s C4+ and Men’s D8+ sadly exited the opposition in first round knockouts, but all crews look forward to returning next season for another full season’s racing at the country’s top Masters events. After wins at Masters Fours Head, the VL at British Masters, and medals at Henley Masters, next year will take some beating.

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