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 participates in touring events and usually row for pleasure rather than speed!
We are very lucky to have a fleet of stable boats dedicated to recreational rowing (two fours/quads, one double and 2 single sculls), and also a traditional ‘jollyboat’, as a result of a Sport England Sportsmatch and a donation from Frontiers Developments. A team of Broxbourne rowers used the jollyboat to complete the Great River Race again in 2015 (http://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/ a 21 mile race down the Thames in traditional rowing boats).
We encourage you to come along and join us, if you have a little experience. If not, a short Learn2Row Course will soon get you up to speed.
Find out more about recreational rowing nationally on http://www.explorerowing.org/. In particular, note the details of the 2016 British Rowing Tour on the Leed-Doncaster canal in September 2016. (weyfarers.org.uk/BritishRowingTour2016.pdf)
The current calendar (as of June 1st) for 2016 is as follows:
|13th||Extended Row to Waltham Abbey||BRC|
|19th||Day Tour to Roydon with Lea RC||BRC|
|28th||Day Tour to Lea RC||BRC|
|29th||Day Tour to Broxbourne||Lea RC|
|18th||Explore Rowing Event||BRC|
|26th||West Norfolk Summer Head||Denver|
|1st||Royal Regatta (spectating)||Henley|
|7th-10th||Nidelva River Tour||Trondheim|
|17th||Team Rowing Event||Peterborough|
|23rd||Round Canvey Race||Canvey Island|
|5th||Thames Row with Nidaros RC (Trondheim)||Weyfarers|
|6th||Tour to Ware with Nidaros RC||BRC|
|7th||Splash, Dash and Skills||Peterborough|
|3rd||Great River Race||London|
|3rd ?||Great Tyne Row||Blaydon|
|4th||Great Ouse Marathon||Denver|
|4th||Lea Autumn Regatta||Lea RC|
|1st-4th||British Rowing Tour||Leeds|