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.

October Learn To Row- Volunteers Needed

Posted by Craig Allan | September 7, 2011

The next learn to row course starts on October 1st and runs both days for four weekends, starting at 9.30am each day. Chris Moody and the coaching team need help on the bank and in boats. Please try and volunteer for at least one session.

I’ll put a sign up sheet on the gym noticeboard.

Sudbury and Peterborough WINS!

Posted by Penny Scorah | August 19, 2011

Sudbury International Regatta – 6th AugustBRC -No-longer-Novice ladies at Sudbury
There were 9 wins for the club

  • Masters G4+ (Tony Stokes, Nick Carter, Hugo Van Kempen, Jim Brandon and Alex Carter)
  • Masters C 1x (Chris Heathcote)
  • Women’s Masters A Novice 4+ ( Susi Bassam, Penny Churchill, Crista Findell, Jen Bradley, Oli James)
  • Masters B 1x (Quintin McKellar)
  • Women’s J17 1x (Rowan McKellar)
  • Women’s Novice 4+ (Ellie Holmes, Rachel Harris, Ashley King, Charlotte Page, Oli James)
  • Novice 1x (Chris Heathcote)
  • Mixed IM2 X (Tom Jenkins, Rowan McKellar)
  • Masters E 1x (Jonathan Batley)

Peterborough Summer Regatta – 13th AugustBRC Winners at Peterborough
There were 5 wins for the club

  • Masters B 4+ (Becky Bishop, Susi Bassam, Jen Bradley, Crista Findell, Anne Lacy)
  • Women’s Novice 4+ (Belinda Seabrook, Emma Lacy, Daisy Kitchener, Cally Gentle, Callum Costello)
  • Women’s IM3.4x (Alexandra Gibson, Amy Thornber, Sarah Gilliver and Lizzie Alexander)
  • Novice 8+ (Amanda Jones, Ian Henley, Nick Murray, Mansour Eskandarzadeh, Tim Isitt, Mark Edgley, Graham Lavender, Robert Lamprell, Matthew Harris)
  • IM1 1x (Craig Allan)

Well done everyone!

Coxing Course Water Sessions – 9.30-11am Saturday 20th August

Posted by Craig Allan | August 12, 2011

The practical part of the coxing course will be running next Saturday. Tidal flow will run throughout the session, coxed crews only. Speak to Becky Bishop to arrange a cox for your crew.

Coxing Course – 20th August

Posted by Becky Bishop | July 19, 2011

For all coxes with some experience, we are holding a Coxing Course on 20th August to develop your coxing skills and provide some cox specific coaching. More info to follow….

Results of this years Broxbourne Scullers Head are out

Posted by Craig Allan | July 7, 2011

Log in to the members section to find out the results…

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