The Great Tyne Row is a 25 km challenge row with an element of racing (depending
on how seriously you take it). It ran for the seventh time in 2017, but not in 2018.
It is non-profit-making (but we aim not to make a loss).
Each year there are prizes for fastest boat in various categories, but with an emphasis
on fun, so awards also for the best dressed crew and best decorated boat, not to
mention the last boat in.
Numbers have risen from 11 in year one to 40 in 2015, back down to 26 in 2016 and
up again to 34 in 2017. A wide range of coxed sliding seat and fixed seat boats
enter, from doubles through a triple one year and mostly fours and quads.
The stand-alone web site for the Great Tyne Row is at www.greattynerow.com and it
has more information on past winners, etc and is the main place to look for info
for the event each year. However, we try to mirror info here, especially the start
order and info for the day, in case that site goes down.
The event is organised by the Northern Rowing Council in association with British
Rowing at the national level, Tyne Amateur Rowing Club, Gateshead Community Rowing
Club, Tyne United Rowing Club and Tynemouth Rowing Club. Invaluable support is given
by Port of Tyne, Red Seal Rescue, the Sea Cadets and many others. Those doing the
work are almost all volunteers.