Upton RC has an active Recreational Rowing side in addition to our competitive component. Rowing tours are arranged each year and members attend the annual BR Recreational Tour. Upton RC has itself organised two BR Recreational Tours.
In June 2015, six members of the Club sculled in the first BR Recreational European Tour in double coxed wherries that were loaned to us by De Hoop BC, Amsterdam. On the first day we sculled the Amsterdam canals and on the second we traveled on to Amstel to scull 30 km into Dutch countryside, under some very low bridges !
We also continued our ”Further down the Thames” activities. This time we boated at the Oratory School Boathouse and had an overnight stop at Henley BC. We then rowed the Henley course and onwards to Marlow.
This year also included a Weekend Tour of the Avon. We boated at Evesham and hauled the boats out at Eckington. We then continued the row to Tewkesbury and up the Severn back to to Upton. We also arranged a Sunday trip to from Upton to Tewkesbury for lunch and back in an exciting flow.
Ian Mackie (Recreational Coordinator)
|Month||Date||Day||Event||Type of event||Region|
|February||19th||Sunday||Molesey Head||Head Race||Thames Upper|
|March||18th||Saturday||British Rowing Tourers Dinner||Social||Thames Upper|
|April||1st||Saturday||Head of the Dart||Time trial||West|
|April||9th||Sunday||Great Ancholme Row (organised by Leicester RC)||Tour||East Midlands|
|April||14th||Friday||Good Friday Row from Nottingham to Newark||Tour||East Midlands|
|May||11th-12th||Friday-Saturday||BR European Tour – Hamburg (organised by Nottingham RC)||Tour||Overseas|
|May||20th-21st||Sat-Sun||Great Yorkshire Row (York-Ripon)||Tour||Yorkshire|
|May||21st||Sunday||Desborough Challenge (organised by Weyfarers RC)||Time trial||Thames Upper|
|May||26th – 28th||Friday-Sunday||Great Coal Row on the Solent (organised by Leicester RC and Coalporters RC)||Tour||East Midlands/Wessex|
|June||4th||Sunday||Voga Longa, Venice||Festival /challenge||Overseas|
|July||15th or 16th||Sat or Sunday||Great Thames row (provisional)||Tour||Thames Upper|
|July||22nd||Saturday||Tees Tour (provisional)||Tour||North|
|August||12th||Saturday||Wear Tour (provisional)||Tour||North|
|August||24th-27th||Thurs – Sunday||BR National Tour – Lancaster Canal||Tour||North West|
|September||2nd||Saturday||Great Tyne Row||Time trial||North|
|September||2nd||Saturday||Great Ouse Marathon (Ely)||Time Trial||East|
|September||9th||Sat||The Great River Race (fixed seat only)||Festival/challenge||Thames Central|
|September||TBC||Boston Marathon||Time Trial||East Midlands|
|September||17th-24th||Sunday -Sunday||FISA Tour – Ligurian coast to Genova, Italy||Tour||Overseas|
National recreational rowing website www.recrowing.org.uk