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Where to Compete in Rowing in England

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The adrenaline rush that comes from competitive rowing makes you just want to jump on a boat and begin sculling. Rowing is an interesting sport that is suitable for everyone whether you just want to keep fit or compete. There are several rowing competitions in England. University Rowing competitions, National Rowing games, International competitions, World Championships and fun indoor rowing competitions. are some rowing event you can participate in. To begin to compete in rowing, you can join a good boat club, either your school’s rowing club or any of the non-academic clubs in England. Let’s take a look at some places you can compete in rowing in England.

River Thames

The Thames is one of the main spots where rowing competitions take place in England. There are rowing events on the Tideway as well as on the several lock-reaches on the non-tidal part of the river. In addition to the several regattas and long-distance races that take place on the river, you can compete in two main rowing events, that is The Boat Race and Henley Royal Regatta. Regattas are sprint races that take place throughout the summer (anytime between May and August). You can compete in side-by-side racing or in multi-lane races at bigger regattas. Although regattas cover varying distances, they are usually between 500m and 2000m.

There are also Head of the River and Long Distances races. They usually take place during the winter months. Head of the River competitions are basically long-distance races that are organised as processional races in which boats start racing one after the other at time intervals. They are judged based on comparative timing or by bumping. The Boat Race is a yearly men’s eight rowing competition between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club. The event which has taken place on the Thames since 1859 currently spans a 6.8 km course and now includes Women’s Boat Race. It is also referred to as the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

Dorney Lake

The Dorney Lake is a privately-owned lake that was created for water events and is financed by the Eton College. Located in near the River Thames, it stretches over 2.2 km with 8 rowing lanes. Apart from hosting Eton’s school events, the lake has been the venue for several national and international competitions including the Marlow Regatta, the Metropolitan Regatta, the Wallingford Regatta, World Rowing Championships, Rowing World Cups or Olympic regattas, and triathlons.

Redgrave Pinsent Rowing Lake

Located in Oxfordshire, the lake and its boathouse are designed to be used as training, scientific and medical facilities for the Great Britain Rowing Squad as well as for the preparation of the Oxford University team for the Boat Race. Named after two Olympic rowers, the lake is also accessible to athletes from Oxford Brookes University and University College, Oxford.

London Regatta Centre

This is a racing centre located in the heart of the Docklands’ area in London and used for rowing and dragon boat events. It belongs to the Royal Albert Dock Trust and is home to over ten rowing clubs including the Queen Mary, University of London Boat Club and London Youth Rowing. The centre’s facilities include a rowing tank and a boathouse among others.