The Great Tyne Row is a 25 km challenge row with an element of racing (depending
on how seriously you take it). It is non-profit-making, but obviously aims not to
make a loss.
Each year there are prizes for fastest boat in various categories. But as there is
as much of an emphasis on fun as on speed, awards are also made for the best dressed
crew and best decorated boat, not to mention the last boat in - “enjoying the view”.
Numbers have risen from 11 in year one to 40 in 2015, back down to 26 in 2016, up
again to 34 in 2017 and down to 18 in 2019. A wide range of coxed sliding seat and
fixed seat boats enter, from doubles through a triple one year and mostly fours and
It ran for the eighth time in 2019, having missed 2018. You can find information
on the the previous years here: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.
It was due to run in August this year (2020), but the Coronavirus intervened and
it was cancelled.
Web site for Great Tyne Row
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 for the day, in case that site goes down.
The event is organised by a Steering Group with reps from Tyne Amateur Rowing Club,
Gateshead Community Rowing Club, Tyne United Rowing Club and Tynemouth Rowing Club,
but under the wing of the Northern Rowing Council. 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.