6 friendly rowing clubs in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 11:21 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 12 April 2016
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The Eastern Region is one of the largest in terms of memberships for British Rowing. There are clubs in Suffolk which offer beautiful stretches of water for the recreational and competitive pursuit of the sport.
Formed as a result of the interest in rowing after the 2012 London Olympics, this is an ambitious and active club based at Alton Water. It currently has more than 70 members and plans to more than double that number in the coming year, attracting men, women and juniors from all over Suffolk and Essex. The club hosts two major racing events in spring and autumn and provides rowing facilities for mentally and physically disabled servicemen and women. It has a full-time coach and aims to become a centre for NHS mental and physical rehabilitation.
One of the most remote boathouses of any rowing club in the county, with a pair of kingfishers for neighbours and the peace of the Waveney upstream. The club has its own pontoon to access the river with navigable water all the way to Oulton Broad to the east, or Norwich and the rest of the Broads to the north. Training takes place all year for all members aged from 13 to late-70s. The club is particularly welcoming to families and people wishing to row as well as former rowers keen to return to the sport. Open day April 9, followed by a Learn to Row course running throughout the month.
The river Deben provides a spectacular backdrop for a variety of rowing and sculling groups from juniors through to masters and recreational, to seriously competitive. The bright red and yellow kit, with its distinctive Sutton Hoo mask, is now regularly spotted at competitions regionally and nationally. The club is on the river wall in Woodbridge, just downstream of the historic Tide Mill. Rowers can travel up or downstream, depending on the tides, and all year round. There is a wide range of boats and a superb purpose-built clubhouse. The club also hosts the Suffolk Indoor Rowing Championships this year taking place on April 9.
Rowing in Ipswich can be traced back 185 years, but it’s been inactive for 70 years. This recently formed club aims to re-establish the location as a leading rowing centre in Suffolk, offering the exhilarating experience of a healthy waterborne activity on one of the most beautiful and picturesque rivers in the country. It promises a friendly, welcoming environment with first class equipment and coaching.
Founded in 1977, the club colours reflect the light blue of Cambridge and dark blue of Oxford as three founder members studied at the universities associated with the sport. The club is based at Nicholas Everitt Park at Oulton Broad and can access the whole of the Broads, up the River Waveney taking a left towards Beccles or right towards Somerleyton and Norwich. The next Learn to Row course takes place in April and the club caters mainly for people who row for fun. Those wanting to compete can do land training with Lowestoft Rugby Club. There is a club row to Beccles on March 27, returning to Oulton Broad in time to watch the Boat Race on TV at the local pub.
Sudbury Rowing Club is 140 years old, making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in the town. Its stretch of river is relatively short compared to other clubs, but it is sheltered and non-tidal. The annual regatta, this year on August 6, is known as Little Henley because of its wonderful atmosphere. There are active junior and veteran squads with members taking part in national and international championships. Many members are highly competitive, but the club also caters for social and recreational rowers, and offers at least two Learn to Row courses each year. It also welcomes rowers returning to the sport.