Events for recreational rowers: Tours, leagues and challenges
Rowing tours – from day trips to week-long expeditions – are a lot of fun, and a great way to explore a new waterway. A tour can be as simple as a long outing up your own or another river (going through locks if necessary) or as complex taking a trailer load of boats abroad.
Every year there’s a British Rowing tour and also a World Rowing Tour. Various commercial organisations also run tours in Ireland, continental Europe and elsewhere.
Find out more about upcoming tours
Tour routes (British Rowing member login required)
Also known as Sunday Leagues and ‘splash and dash’ racing, these regionally-based, informal events involve short races or even skills challenges where several local clubs get together to have fun on the water. There are generally no statuses, men and women compete against each other, often in mixed crews, and both entry fees and prizes are modest. The cakes, however, are usually of championship standard.
There are currently well-established regional leagues on the Thames and in the North East and North West.
Find out more about leagues
Spice up your club-based sessions by organising occasional mini-regattas, involving relay racing or skills tests.
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