It should come as no surprise to anyone that rowing is one of the most popular sports in all of England, as the sport was practically “invented” out on the river Thames in London in the middle of the 18th century.
Ever since those early professional watermen decided to hold impromptu races against one another just to keep the job a little bit more lively the sport has been incredibly popular throughout the UK and the rest of the world, for that matter. It’s one of the oldest and most established Olympic sports (with people competing since 1900), and the World Rowing Championships are held every year to help uncover which international team is the very best of the best.
If you’d love to catch a bit of competitive rowing, you’re going to want to check out at least some of these competitions. Not only are they going to be incredibly instructive as far as how the highest level of competition is conducted, but they are also going to give you a unique opportunity to learn more about the sport and find rowing clubs that you may be able to get more involved with.
Here are some of the biggest rowing events in East of England that you cannot miss!
1. The Star Club “Head of the River”
Easily one of the very biggest races in all of the United Kingdom, and certainly one of the most important races in the East of England, this “Head of the River” competition is held at 17 January and is one of the first championship races of the New Year.
Teams from all over the United Kingdom come to compete against one another, and some international teams are also invited to the competition. It’s an entire day event filled with fun, food, and friendly competition – and it’s the perfect event to start the year off right.
2. The Cambridge “Head To Head”
This competition is held just a few days after the one above (23 January), and is a little bit more “involved” and a lot more competitive. The second major tournament of the year, this is where some of the very best in the world compete, each of them planning their entire “new season” off of how they’ll train for this event.
3. The Star Regatta
As far as the eastern side of England is concerned, the Star Regatta is a major atonement that most international teams will do everything in their power not to miss.
Held a little bit earlier (12 June) this year than years before, it’s a start of summer kind of tournament that rowing teams from all over the world flock to just to see how they stack up against the rest of the competition.
4. The Peterborough Summer Sprint
One of those rowing tournaments that really symbolizes the middle of the summer, this “Summer Sprint” is scheduled for 13 August, and is one of the most looked forward to events in the English rowing community.
Although it may not feel exactly like rowing in a river, it’s good enough especially if you’re looking to have a bit of a workout while strengthening your body. Doing so will ensure you’re properly prepared when it’s time to head out for some real rowing fun.