National Schools Regatta Indoors is open to everyone and just two weeks away!

There are only two weeks to go before the premier junior rowing event of the year, National Schools Regatta (NSR). With 44 events attracting an estimated 5,000 competitors from schools and clubs, NSR remains the UK’s most popular junior rowing regatta.  This year’s event has been expanded to include a new indoor rowing competition, National Schools Regatta Indoors (NSRi)

NSR has teamed up with London Youth Rowing (LYR) and Concept 2 to host an indoor event to complement the water regatta. LYR runs their Active Row program in 76 schools within 18 London boroughs engaging 8000 each year. Their flagship event is the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) held in March which attracts over 2,500 competitors, some of whom will be rowing on the water at NSR.

For the first time rowers can take on an indoor challenge at NSRi either individually or in teams of four. The event will run for all three days and the competition is arranged as follows:

National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2018

NJIRC in March 2018

Individual Sprints Group Relays
Friday
Open to Boys and Girls
J15 and J14Row as fast as you can for 500mAdults: Row as far as you can in 1 minute
Open to Boys and Girls
J15 and J145 members in each team aiming to complete 2000m as fast as possible.
Saturday
Open to Boys and Girls
J18, J16 and J15Row as fast as you can for 500mAdults: Row as far as you can in 1 minute
Open to Boys and Girls
J18, J16, and J154 members in each team aiming to row as far as possible in 6:46.0
Sunday
Open to Boys and Girls
J18, J16 and J15Row as fast as you can for 500mAdults: Row as far as you can in 1 minute
Open to Boys and Girls
J18 and J164 members in each team aiming to complete 2000m as fast as possible

Entries are now open online through the NSRi website here and will also be available on a walk-up basis on the day (first come first served on each day). Athletes competing on the water must have finished their competition in its entirety before they are eligible for NSRi. The detailed rules can be found here.

LYR told WEROW that they have invited their Active Row participants and are hoping to see many of their schools represented at NSRi. They envisage most of the entries to come from west and south London schools and say NSR has provided additional financial support to assist with travel and entry fees to ensure everyone has the opportunity to get involved. LYR also confirmed the new NSRi event is receiving unrivalled support from Concept 2 who will be providing machines and on-site support during the competition.

National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships with Concept 2 and London Youth Rowing

NSR chair, George Hammond told WEROW: “The purpose of running an Indoor Regatta at this year’s NSR is to provide some competition for children from non-rowing schools enabling them to be part of and enjoy the NSR. It will also provide competition for athletes from rowing schools who perhaps have not made the top crews racing on the water.”

Hammond says that the new indoor event could sew the seeds for future rowing ambitions. “ We hope the NSRi will encourage those taking part to continue in the sport with the aim of competing in the main regatta in future years” said Hammond.

If you missed NJIRC in March you can read our report here. LYR are great at organising indoor rowing events and the atmosphere and noise levels are a step above BRIC! Whether you’re a seasoned indoor rowing enthusiast or thinking about your first indoor competition, NSRi is a great place to come and give it your best shot. Giving everyone an opportunity to take part is the key to NSRi and it’s looking set to be an amazing, fun and above all noisy event.

Enter NSRi here
2018-05-10T15:45:46+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Categories: Indoor Rowing, Junior Rowing, Regatta|Tags: , , |