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.

December Ergo Ladder

Posted by Craig Allan | January 27, 2011

The women turned up the training and showed up the men in December. Belinda and Amy pushed the standards to a new level with Belinda taking the top spot with a very narrow margin. Rowan Mckellar did well to take third place, but will struggle to keep it, now Louise Morris is back on the ergo. Adam Ridler topped the men’s list again. Results are in the members section.

Apologies for the late posting of the list. The January list will go up next week and I won’t be chasing people for scores. I’ve already seen some big scores from the men’s side and competition for HORR boats is heating up.

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!

Masters New Year’s Report

Posted by Andy Crook | January 5, 2011

As I write my first report as Masters vice captain, there are 2 things I find I have to remember – that we are no longer called Veterans, but more crucially the entire squad’s ages for calculating the myriad of crew variations to make the “right” age category for racing.

That aside, I am happy to report that the club currently has a healthy Masters squad, numbering 16 men and with welcome guest appearances from amongst the women. This should set the squad up well for the remaining head races this winter, as well as for the coming regatta season.

In the run-up to Christmas 2010, the Masters have competed at the Pairs Head, Veterans (note: not Masters) Fours Head, Kingston Small Boats Head, Vesta Scullers Head and, of course, our own Club Head.

The first of these was the Pairs Head in October, where we had 3 Masters entries. While we didn’t come away with any pennants, there were some credible performances with the Mixed B Double of Jo Griffith and Roger Ward placed 3rd in their category, the Mens D Coxless Pair of Hugo van Kempen and Andy Crook 4th in theirs and the Mens F Coxless Pair of Alistair Cutts and Jim Brandon also 4th in  theirs.

At the Veterans Fours Head in November only one Broxbourne crew raced, but a great result of 53rd overall was achieved, with Michelle Blunt, Jo Griffith, Roger Ward, Phil Lumley and cox Brenda Scott winning in their Mixed C Coxed Four from a starting position of 150. They beat their second place rivals, Wallingford, by 45 seconds and a number of Mens Coxed Fours to boot. Unfortunately the Mens F Coxless Four had to scratch from the event due to injury.

Since the Fours Head, it has been down to the scullers to race, with Rob Alexander and Chris Heathcote doing battle as the only Mens C Singles entries at Kingston Small Boats Head, with Rob winning out and being placed 85th overall and Chris 191st.

As already mentioned in Chris Scorah’s report on the Sculler’s Head, Rob Alexander, Quintin McKellar and Russell Mould were the club’s Masters entries, with Rob competing in the Mens C Singles and finishing 4th out of 25, with 122nd place overall. Quintin and Russell had a ding-dong battle in the Mens D Singles, with Quintin coming in at 11th and Russell 14th, also out of 25 in their category.

Looking ahead to the rest of the winter, the Masters are likely to compete in several more Heads in the run up to the Masters Eights Head on the Tideway in early April 2011, with ambitions to race some heads in fours and small boats too. Following the heads the possibility of an early spring training camp over a weekend is being considered.

The regular training days for the Masters squad for the rest of the winter will continue to be Wednesday evening from 7pm in the gym for circuits and ergos, and Saturday morning on the water.

Wednesday evening is also the regular club night for the Masters, meeting in the bar after training, which on occasion has been known to include food!

This is also a great opportunity for anybody – whether an experienced oar or a newcomer to rowing – who may be interested in joining the Masters to meet the rest of the squad.

Andy Crook – Masters Vice Captain 2010/11

Club Head Results are out..

Posted by Penny Scorah | December 18, 2010

… log in to the members section to download the results spreadsheet. If you need a members login email me.

Big thanks to all those who organised the event!

November Ergo Ladder Results are out!

Posted by Penny Scorah | December 14, 2010

Full results can be found in the members area of the website so please log in below and click on ‘Ergo Ladder’. If you are a club member and need a log in please email me.

Congratulations to Belinda and Adam for topping the ladder!

Also, just a reminder that club circuits are on tonight and the bar will be open afterwards. See you there!

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