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Long Distance Sculling series - Autumn 2021







Berwick LDS

Sat 2 October 21

Tees LDS & SBH

Sat 9 October 21


Sat 16 October 21

Wansbeck LDS & SBH

Sat 23 October 21

South Hylton LDS

Sat 30 October 21

Durham LDS & ASBH

Sat 6 November 21

Getting in touch


Queries about all aspects of the LDS series including entries and results should go to  Dan Lockey at lds@nerowing.com. Any questions specifically to do with how this page works (or not) should be directed to Colin Percy at secretary@nerowing.com.  



Event details


Berwick LDS - 2 October 2021 - cancelled due to forecast high winds

Hosted by Berwick ARC. Single division; no associated SBH. Boating from Tweed Green (Blakewell Road), Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2HG. Limit of 60 entries. Distance a long 5000m. Start time 12.00 noon.


Archive docs for Berwick:

Start order and boating times - issued before cancellation

Course map

Competitior instructions

Boating instructions

Covid risk assessment

Risk assessment


Tees LDS and SBH - 9 October 2021

Hosted by Tees RC. Morning LDS started 10.30am and afternoon SBH with sweep (run by Tees RC) started at 3.00pm. Limit in each was 200 crews. Distance 5000m on non-tidal river.


Results for Tees LDS and Tees SBH:

Tees LDS

Tees SBH

Both also at www.teesrowingclub.co.uk/index.php/eventpage/club-events/teesheads


Docs shared between LDS and SBH:

Safety & Racing Instructions for Competitors

Map of the Course

Steering Guidance

Tees LDS/SBH Safety Plan

Car Parking Arrangements

Covid-19 rules

Start order issued 06-10-21


Tyne LDS and Tyne United SBH - 16 October 2021

The LDS is hosted by  Tyne ARC and Tyne United RC. Morning LDS starts 10.30am and afternoon SBH with sweep (run by TURC) starts at 2.30pm. Limit in each is 130 crews. Distance 4500m. Low  tide of 1.40m at 7.50am and high tide of  4.48m at 2.05pm (at Newburn).



Times and winners for morning LDS

Times and winners for afternoon SBH


Start order with boating times for morning LDS (see TUBC web site for SBH):

as pdf  or as xlsx


LDS docs (were shared with SBH unless stated otherwise):

Course map

Start marshalling area (LDS only) and finish landing area maps

Instructions to clubs and crews

Risk assessment

Safety plan

Parking advice


Wansbeck LDS & SBH - 23 October 2021

The morning LDS is hosted by  Cambois RC. The afternoon SBH is run by them. The LDS starts at 10.30am and afternoon SBH with sweep starts at 2.30pm. Limit in each is 100 crews. Distance 2250mapprox (shorter than shown on poster).


Results for Wansbeck LDS:

Times and winners for morning LDS

Times and winners for afternoon SBH


Start order for Wansbeck LDS & SBH:

* Start order for Wansbeck LDS

* Start order for Wansbeck SBH


All docs except posters shared between LDS and SBH:

SBH poster

Risk assessment

Covid risk assessment

Safety instructions

Course map


South Hylton - 30 October 2021

The LDS on the lower Wear is hosted by  City of Sunderland Rowing Club.  No associated SBH. The race starts at 12.00pm. Distance 4750m approx.. Boating for low numbers starts at 10.00am.


Start order for South Hylton LDS:

* Start order for Wansbeck LDS


Documents for South Hylton LDS:

* Safety plan

* Safety instructions for competitors

* Course map

* Covid risk assessment


Series background


The Northern Rowing Council, with the help of host clubs, runs the Long Distance Sculling (LDS)  series every autumn. We aim to have six competitions over six consecutive weekends, though poor conditions can intervene.


The LDS series is for sculling boats only - singles, doubles, quads and octuplets (not all locations). They are open to all age groups and categories. There are prizes for winning crews in each competition and a Victor Ludorum for clubs over the series as a whole.


There are associated but independent Small Boats Head (SBH) competitions with sculling and sweep in the afternoon on four of the six days. Details will be on the individual host clubs’ web sites, but we’ll post key info like start times plus web links here.


This page updated 25-10-21



Please note entries for each individual LDS event close at 3.00pm on the Sunday just under one week beforehand. Details of each event, with documents to download, will appear in its own section below when ready.


2021 programme


Here are the dates for 2021. The poster is out now - see above. The format at each venue will be very similar to that in 2019 - see the 2019 LDS archive page here. Timings at Berwick and South Hylton are different from 2019 due to tides. The series did not run in 2020 due to Covid.

* Start order for S Hylton    * Photos of LDS at Bertie Shoots  


The LDS 2021 poster is available as a pdf or click images below for larger jpegs:



LDS 2021 poster p1 as issued 27-08-21.jpg
LDS 2021 poster p2 as issued 27-08-21.jpg
LDS 2021 poster p3 as issued 27-08-21.jpg