Tyne to host bicentenary celebration on August 1st

The Northern Rowing Council, along with Tyne ARC, Tyne United RC and Gateshead CRC is organising an event to replace the cancelled Great Tyne Row on August 1st. This is the 200th anniversary to the day of the first formal recorded rowing race on the Tyne. The race was put together to mark the coronation of George IV and was held on 1 August 1821 – see a blog here for more of the history.


This a fun event aimed at the novice to intermediate end of the rowing market. Some racing is involved, though the morning 20km Bridges Row is non-competitive. After that there is a have-a-go session in St Ayles Skiffs (fixed seat), then Sunday League style racing over about 400m and finally a time trial and then mini-finals with 3 lane side-by-side racing based purely on time, not age, gender or boat type (up to a point).

See the Northern Rowing Council website for further details including an outline programme for the day and how to enter. Entries should be in by July 24th.

St Ayles skiffs