Based on the River Witham in the thriving town of Boston, Lincolnshire, Boston Rowing Club was founded in 1856 making it one of the oldest rowing clubs in the country. It caters for the aspirations of the whole community. With the aim of getting more people into the enjoyable sport of rowing, Boston is one of largest and best equipped rowing facilities in the East Midlands.
To this day the club welcomes all rowers, from those who would consider themselves as purely recreational to the highly competitive. If you just want to have a go the club runs Learn 2 Row courses for both adults and juniors, and it’s not just on the water... We have indoor rowing machines and gym equipment too.
Boston’s excellent stretch of water and land based facilities mean we are a sort after venue for rowing events. The Boston 'Head of the River' race kicks the season of in January each year with other rowing clubs attending from all over the UK. This event is run under the rules of the sports governing body British Rowing, and is part of the nation winter racing season.
The Boston Rowing Marathon is a 50Km race from Lincoln to Boston and takes place on the 3rd Sunday of September each year. The event started in 1946 as a one-off pub bet, and was big news for the town. This original row was from Boston to Lincoln and was then repeated for the next 3 years as a private event. In 1949, Crowland Rowing Club also competed and the course was reversed to finish at Boston. (It was easier to finish at the boathouse, and in those days the pub was right next door!) In 1950 the event was opened to all competitors and has remained so to this day. It now attracts competitors from all over the world including Canada, USA and also Africa.
Since 1999 the club has been proud to be the venue of the GB Squads winter time trials, making our current and aspiring Olympians feel at home. The club has also hosted the British Universities & College Sports Small Boats Head (at 4 days notice!).
This really is a club with a rich history at the heart of the sport