The North East has plenty of opportunity to star rowing with two major rivers, the Wear and the Tyne, as well as over 30 clubs in the area.
With that here are five clubs to take a look at.
Sunderland City RC
Based at South Hylton, City has a programme for all ages with juniors, adults and masters as well as programmes for beginners. The Wearside team held the penultimate Long Distance Sculling (LDS) event of the 2016 series where they picked up wins in both the men’s and women’s single seniors races.
Home for this team is on the Pelaw Woods bend on the edge of the River Wear. Back in 2007 the boathouse there was redeveloped and modernised to improve the facilities for the club. This year Durham ARC claimed second place overall in the senior side of the LDS, just three points off first place, and third in the Masters category.
Located on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, United had a strong LDS series this year. When the series came to the Tyne back in October, Tyne United posted the second fastest time of the day being beaten to first by local rivals Tyne ARC. In the final rankings for the series Tyne United finished third in both the Juniors and the Seniors categories.
One of the oldest clubs in the North East, Chester-le-Street ARC has a 1500m stretch of the River Wear to train on. 2016 saw Chester dominate the Juniors category of the LDS finishing first by 186 points. They also took joint third in the Seniors event with Tyne United.
Located further north, stationed at Wansbeck River, Cambois has had success at both junior and senior levels. This year in the LDS series the opening event was held at Wansbeck River and Cambois won five of the races with wins for the Juniors and the Masters. The Juniors ended the series well with wins in races at South Hylton and Durham.