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.

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.

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.


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.

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!

Ergo Menu

Posted by Craig Allan | December 13, 2010

In addition to the weekly 30 minute ergo, take a look at this spreadsheet for inspiration for other ergo workouts: Ergo Menu

Broxbourne RC 30min r20 Ergo Ladder

Posted by Craig Allan | November 24, 2010

At the end of this month I will publish an ergo ladder ranking club athletes based on their best score for a 30 minute ergo with the stroke rate capped at 20. The ladder will be split into two sections one for men and one for women. There will be no further sub-division but there will be a column to indicate which squad each athlete belongs to, and a column for athletes to add their weight, if they wish to do so.

A new ladder will be published every month in the boathouse and the members area of the website. The first ladder will be for November and only include scores achieved this month. All senior squad members are expected to submit a score each month. Intermediate squad members are encouraged to submit scores and the more people from other squads that join in, the better.

One week left in November, happy erging!

Reminder – Circuits tonight!

Posted by Penny Scorah | September 21, 2010

Every Tuesday night the club hosts a circuits sessions for all members. Sarah is leading us tonight.

7pm: warm-up (ergo/cycle/run). 7.30pm: Circuits starts. This is open to all club members and will cater for all levels of fitness.

The bar will be open and dinner dance tickets will be on sale so bring your cash/cheques. (£40 a ticket)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Annual Boat Cleaning and ‘MOT’: Your help required!!!

Posted by Michelle Turnham | August 25, 2010

We are very lucky at Broxbourne to have such a fantastic range of boats for our members to use. Now that the summer season is coming to a close it is time to give the boats their annual clean and service. This helps to keep our boats in good working order and was completed very successfully last year. Each boat will need to be thoroughly cleaned and any repairs, however small or trivial, can be addressed. Now is your chance to point out that pair of shoes or wobbly seat that has been annoying you!

This is obviously a huge job, so we need to enlist your help in completing this task. Each squad has been allocated boats to clean and check over, so please see your vice-captain or squad co-ordinator to see how you can help out, they have all been provided with lists of boats and instructions. Dave will also be on hand to provide parts or guidance. Whilst we appreciate that this may interfere with some rowing or socialising time, it is important to reduce large repair costs in the future and allow us to continue to expand our fleet.

Your help with this is very much appreciated.

Many thanks
Michelle (Captain) on behalf of the Rowing Committee.

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