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Long Distance Sculling series - Autumn 2018


Poster -  LDS series       

*   There are associated but independent SBHs  with sweep (pairs and fours) in the afternoons at Tyne, Tees , Wansbeck and Durham - see the host clubs’ own web sites for details of the SBHs. Wins in the SBH events do not count towards the LDS series Victor Ludorum prizes.


Competition details


Note: BROE is opened and docs added here four weeks before each competition date. The start orders are usually issued by the Tuesday preceding and results by the Monday after.


Tyne LDS & Tyne United SBH - 6 October 2018


The LDS was hosted by Tyne ARC with help from Tyne United RC & Newcastle University BC. The afternoon SBH was organised by Tyne United RC - see their SBH page. Distance for both was 4500m. LDS started 10:30 and SBH 14:30. Limit of 140 in each competition.    


The weather was better than expected with a bit of a north wind, but not too much, no rain and even sun in the afternoon. Some excitement for the first aiders,but nothing too serious in the end. So an excellent day of racing.


Pre-competition documents are shared by LDS & SBH and were issued 07-09-18 unless stated:

* Risk assessment        * Safety plan       * Instructions for crews        * Course map

* Final start plan issued 05-10-18   * Finish plan   * Bank monitor and start location map - jpg

* LDS start order as issued 03-10-18 as xlsx and pdf    *  provisional LDS results as xlsx & pdf  

* final LDS results as xlsx and pdf, with bonus of a listing by boat type as pdf.  


Tees LDS & SBH - 13 October 2018 - both cancelled due to adverse weather forecast

The LDS was to be hosted by Tees RC, who also were to run the afternoon SBH themselves. Distance 5000m. LDS 10:30 and SBH 14:30 start. Entries for the LDS were capped at 200. But all in vain!


See this page on Tees RC web site for details of the SBH, but LDS and SBH pre-competition documents were shared, as follows:

* Safety plan      * Safety and race instructions       * Course map

* Steering guidance     * Spectator guidance      * Car parking locations  

* LDS start order as xlsx  and  pdf  (but not used as competition cancelled)


Berwick LDS- 20 October 2018    

Hosted by Berwick ARC. Distance 5000m. Single division; no associated SBH.  Boating from Tweed Green, Tweedmouth, Berwick TD15 2HD. Limit of 70 entries. Distance a long 5000m. Start time 12:30pm. Boating starts 11.15, (see Start Order for details).


Competition documents:

* Course map      * Instructions to crews      * Risk assessment       * Safety plan

* Start order as xlsx and pdf issued 16-10-18

* Results as xlsx and pdf


Wansbeck LDS & SBH - 27 October 2018 - both cancelled due to adverse weather forecast


Hosted by  Cambois RC. The LDS was to have been in the morning. The Small Boats Head in the afternoon was to have been run by Cambois RC and was a separate event on BROE. Distance 3500m. LDS was due to start at 10:30 and the SBH at 14:30. But it wasn’t to be, again.


“After assessing conditions earlier the team are not confident that it will be possible to marshal all of the crews especially at the end of the race. That combined with predicted low temperatures on Saturday we have taken the decision to cancel both Wansbeck LDS & SBH competitions.”


Competition documents for Wansbeck:

* Risk assessment      * Safety instructions      * Course map      * Parking locations

* LDS start order V2 as xlsx and pdf (but not used as competition cancelled)


South Hylton LDS - 3 November 2018


Hosted by  City of Sunderland RC.  Distance 4750m. Start 13:30. Single division; no associated SBH. Limit of 100 entries. As usual this year we had forecast of wind prior to race day and to an extent this proved correct. There was a brisk SW wind which made it hard work getting to the  start and quite quick racing. However the short straight before the horseshoe bend was wind against tide and very rough (when I rowed, anyway). But manageable overall and only a small number people went for a swim, one only a metre off the steps (but he landed, changed, got back in and raced).


Competition documents:

* Risk assessment      * Safety plan       * Course map     * Instructions for crews

* Start order as  xlsx  and  pdf  * Prov results as xlsx and pdf  * Final results as xlsx and  pdf  (07-11-18)


Durham LDS and Autumn SBH - 10 November 2018


The LDS in the morning is hosted by Durham ARC. The afternoon SBH is run by Durham ARC - see this page for details. Distance 1800m. LDS start is 09:30, the SBH divisions will run at 12:00 and 14:30. The LDS & SBH pre-competition instructions are shared and are here as well as on the DARC web site:


* Instructions for crews with course plan

* LDS start order as xlsx  and pdf      * LDS results as xlsx and pdf


This page last updated 12-12-18.



Day and date


Tyne LDS  (plus Tyne Utd SBH in afternoon) *

4500 m

Sat 06 October 18

10:30 (14:30)

Tees LDS  (plus SBH in afternoon)  *


Sat 13 October 18

10:30 (14:30)

Berwick LDS (one division)  


Sat 20 October 18


Wansbeck LDS (plus SBH in afternoon)  *


Sat 27 October 18

10:30 (14:30)

South Hylton LDS (one division)


Sat 03 November 18


Durham LDS (plus Autumn SBH in afternoon) *


Sat 10 November 18

9:30 (12:00 & 14:30)

Boating at South Hylton LDS on 3 Nov 18


Series background


The Northern Rowing Council, with the help of host clubs, runs the Long Distance Sculling (LDS) series every autumn. In 2018 we should have had six events over six consecutive weekends, as listed below. But two were cancelled due to weather concerns. The 2019 dates can be found here.


The LDS series is for sculling boats only - singles, doubles and quads (and octs where indicated on the poster). They are open to all age groups and categories. In 2018 there were associated SBH (Small Boats Head) events with sweep in the afternoon on four of the six planned days.


Victor Ludorum results in 2018


The overall series winners were Talkin Tarn (Seniors) and Tyne (both Masters and Juniors). The points table is here as a pdf. An explanation has been requested!


Getting in touch


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


2018 programme


The poster can be downloaded here as a pdf. Competition documents were available and BROE opened four weeks in advance of each date. See the poster for more details of how it worked.


Her is the programme we ran, with cancelled events struck through:

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