Welcome to Broxbourne Rowing Club!  The Club was founded in 1847 and has since that date rowed the river Lea on the Hertfordshire / Essex border. The club caters for all rowing abilities from absolute beginners to those wishing to compete at Henley, and has large Veteran and Junior sections.

 

Club Management Structure

The club is run by volunteers; we have no paid staff and rely on people giving up their spare time to keep things running.

The Management Committee is responsible for the running of the club and is headed by the President. This group also comprises the Captain, Secretary, Treasurer, House and Grounds Officer, Safety Adviser and Social Secretary. These positions are elected annually at the AGM in April. The current members of the committee can be seen below.

The Rowing Committee is responsible for all rowing activities at the club and is headed by the Captain. This committee has Vice-Captains representing men, women, juniors, veterans and novices and the Equipment Officer who co-ordinates the maintenance of equipment. The Head Coach and Race Entries Secretary also sit on this committee. These positions are elected or nominated annually at the Rowing EGM in September. The current members of the rowing committee can be seen in the Rowing Squads section.
 

British Rowing (formerly the ARA)

Broxbourne Rowing Club is affiliated to British Rowing, the governing body for the sport. British Rowing is also responsible for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain and for participation in and development of rowing and indoor rowing across clubs in the UK.
As a BRC member you are encouraged to join British Rowing, it has a wide range of benefits most notably providing a racing licence that is required to enter any competition and also a monthly magazine all about rowing! More information is available on the British Rowing Website.
 

Facilities and Equipment

 

Rowing Equipment: We are very lucky to have an extremely comprehensive fleet of boats which are maintained by the Equipment Officer. Use of boats by members is managed by the Captain and Equipment Officer. Your vice-captain will let you know which boats your squad has been allocated by the Captain. We ask members not to make any alterations to equipment (e.g. changing riggers) without permission from the Captain or Equipment Officer.

Boat Allocation: We allocate boats based on a number of factors such as the weight of the crew and level of experience of the crew. There is an inventory of all boats in the boatshed and a colour code which indicates this allocation. We have boats catering for everyone from Elite rowers to Recreational boats to Beginner and Junior boats.

Please respect equipment and take care particularly when taking boats in and out of the boathouse and coming on and off the water. All boats MUST be wiped down after each outing and any damage reported by writing in the repair book or notifying the Captain / Equipment Officer.


Health and Safety

Health and Safety is taken very seriously at BRC. It is essential that you follow all guidance from coaches and comply with the Rowing By-laws until you are signed off as ‘competent’ by your coach. For example, it is essential that you learn to scull under supervision of a coach to avoid a swimming session!
All incidents or accidents must be reported; there is an incident book for reporting these, a committee member can help you with this. The most common incidents are collisions so it is important to be vigilant at all times and shout ‘Take a look!’ to warn anyone that you think may be at risk of a collision.
Our safety policies are based on the ‘RowSafe’ guidelines from British Rowing. http://www.britishrowing.org/row-safe Please contact a rowing committee member or the Club Safety Officer if you have any questions.


Kit for Rowing

Members can log into the members area of the website to find out how to order club kit.
Clothing for Rowing: Ideally wear close fitting clothes that won’t get caught up in the boat whilst rowing are ideal, and multiple layers provide warmth allowing you to remove layers as you get warmer. A waterproof splash jacket is useful for rainy days and wear a hat when cold. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are required in hot weather, the water does reflect and magnifies the sun. Remember to bring a change of clothes for afterwards – rowing is an outdoor sport so you may get wet!


How can I help as a volunteer?

We are always looking for volunteers to help with aspects of running the club. The committee positions are all elected on an annual basis, but there are many non-official roles that are essential. This may be helping with coaching (you do not need to be an expert rower to be a coach), organising social events, house and grounds maintenance and equipment repair. All members will be asked to help cook the Saturday morning breakfast on a rota basis. Please get in touch if you think you can help us out in any way.

 

The Management Committee

President Amanda Hosking
Captain Sarah Gilliver
Secretary Nicholas Murray
Treasurer Jakki Hill
House & Grounds Andy Kelly
Health & Safety Rob Day
Social Treena Hilton
  Venue Co-ordinator
Jakki Hill (interim)

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal 2017

Posted by Ryan Cheale | October 30, 2017

A Rowing Tour on the Lancaster Canal

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The touring boats are usually stable coxed quads. These are easier to control in locks and can squeeze through narrower gaps than rowing boats. Pedants may want the tours to be re-named “Sculling Tours”.

Daily routine. You get up very early. You regret staying up so late in the bar the night before (optional). Dozens of hungry rowers eat lots of breakfast before anyone else in the hotel is awake. You go to the loo, look for the things you will need during the day, think about spending the day in an open boat and go to the loo again. Coaches take us to the where the boats were stored overnight. Everybody helps everyone else to carry heavy touring boats to the river. This may involve lifting them over fences, going through holes in hedges and carrying up or down flights of steps. Eventually it is your turn to launch and you start paddling. After about an hour and a half you start looking for cafes, pubs, loos or even hedges that are accessible from the river. There is a planned stop for lunch, which may be sandwiches, then more paddling and looking for accessible amenities. At the overnight boat storage place everyone helps lift boats out of the river and over any obstacles. You might fall asleep on the coach that takes us back to the hotel. Re-hydrate in the bar, shower, change clothes, eat dinner, listen to announcements about the following day and make facetious remarks about the plan. Go to the bar to chat and stay there until late.

The organizers must have endless patience and limitless optimism. A strong sense of humour is very important. Peter Barker was an excellent organizer. He and his helpers had every detail of the tour covered. He was perfectly happy replying to the banter that met his announcements and his sense of humour never failed him.

The limerick competition. Saturday evening is always dress smartly evening and this year there was a limerick competition. It closely resembled I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, with Peter Barker playing the part of Humphrey Lyttleton, making up the rules as he went along. Broxbourne won (hooray!) with a rhyme composed by Jane, Rose and Jane and delivered with suitable majesty by Chris Lawn.

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The Tourers are very cheerful and very helpful. If anyone has a birthday – one year it was the coach driver – they like to sing the traditional song at the tops of their voices. They don’t like to paddle past cafes or pubs without stopping.

The Lancaster Canal has no locks, so there was no sitting and waiting. It used to run from Preston to Kendal, following the contours of the Lancashire hills. In fact it curls around some very tiny hills. It is a very scenic canal. Sometimes you go between steep banks with overhanging trees. Sometimes you are level with pastureland and can look past grazing cattle to stone built hill farms. There are places where you can see the land falling away to Morecambe Bay. It runs over

several inconspicuous aqueducts and at Lancaster you paddle across a big spectacular aqueduct over the River Lune. (We all got out of our boats to take photos.)

There are a lot of bridges over the canal. We rowed 38 miles during the tour and went under bridges 18 to 138. So if you do the arithmetic you will find that there are – er – quite a lot of bridges per mile. Most of them are attractive stone arches. The space taken up by the tow-path makes them slightly narrower than the bridge at the end of The Cut. At the command “Make the boat narrow!” you swing the scull handles behind you and if the boat has enough momentum it glides through. At the northern and southern ends of the navigable stretch, the reeds are encroaching into the channel. This gives you opportunities to practice the Make the Boat Narrow drill.

There is a tow-path along the whole length of the canal, so with a bit of effort you can always scramble out of your boat to find amenities.

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Strategy. There is no point in being first to the finish during a tour. The coach won’t take you back to the hotel until the last boat has arrived and the last crew to arrive will have the most people available to help them lift and carry. And riverside cafes and pubs should not be deprived of income.

The Natives were nearly always friendly. We got lots of smiles and waves and encouragement. The powerboat drivers, with only two exceptions, were all very considerate.

We met Rosie Sanderson who rowed at Broxbourne before moving to Settle.

The following are my favourite comments from people that I didn’t know.

When I asked the coach driver if it was going to stay dry he demonstrated a Lancastrian’s philosophical attitude to rain and said “Hmm, possibly.” (It didn’t rain.)

A small lady called Beryl, who is probably even older than me, held out her hand to help me bridge the gap between the boat and the bank. I asked her if she was strong enough and she said “Oh I’m strong, don’t you worry about me love!”

A man with a Scottish accent watched us and said “I’m not seeing perfect harmony here!” Was he a rowing expert who could see some (modest cough) minute imperfections in our timing? Or was he just winding us up? We’ll never know.

Thank you Jane for doing all the trailer towing and for recognizing that when I offered to drive I didn’t really want to.

— Chris Moody

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GB Olympic star Katherine Grainger presents awards to Broxbourne Rowing Club members

Posted by Amanda Jones | February 9, 2017

Well done to Nathan Day and Noelle Stallard who received awards on Saturday from Dame Katherine Grainger on behalf of British Rowing at the River and Rowing Museum to recognise their great contribution to our club.  Nathan Day won the Eastern Region Young Volunteer of the Year award for his work supporting the junior coaches and helping and coaching younger juniors at the club.

Noelle Stallard was commended as the Eastern Region Performance Coach of the Year for her work with the junior squad over more than a decade that has led to many regatta and head of river race wins.

Read more at http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/gb-olympic-star-katherine-grainger-presents-awards-to-broxbourne-rowing-club-members/story-30117628-detail/story.html#6fcTAMHdeHzQF2bt.99

 

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British Rowing Statement on Safeguarding

Posted by Amanda Jones | December 3, 2016

Broxbourne Rowing Club and British Rowing takes its commitment to safeguarding the welfare of children in our sport very seriously.  The Club follows the advice and policies of British Rowing our National Governing Body, who has just released a statement.

British Rowing – Our Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy, developed over many years of working with the CPSU and NSPCC, prioritises the welfare of children.  Together with our Code of Conduct and associated safeguarding guidance documents, it is clear about the responsibilities of clubs, the conduct expected of adults in positions of responsibility for children in rowing, and provides examples of good and poor practice.

For the full statement please click here

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a club coach or official or our Club Welfare Officer – Anne-Marie Ridler

Successful first sculling coaching session

Posted by Amanda Jones | November 29, 2015

On Saturday we held the first sculling coaching session, a great day for the single scullers and coaches.  Thank you to all the coaches, I am sure the scullers really appreciated your time.  Hopefully we will see you all again in January for the next one.

Adult Learn to row course starts 10th/ 11th October 2015

Posted by Amanda Jones | October 6, 2015

The course will run from 9:30 to about 12:00 both Saturday and Sunday mornings for 8 weekends, you will learn much faster if you can attend on both days, but this is not required. The course will be for adults (18 and over). You must be able to swim. Please wear warm but flexible clothes e.g. tracksuit.

The cost of the course will be £130, or £85 if you are under 24 you can book onto the course and pay using the below links

 

Please read the additional information about rowing and our beginners course

http://www.broxbournerowingclub.org/learn-to-row/

 

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