In 2011, we arranged the first 'Round Canvey Race' – a rowing/sailing race of 14 ½ miles. We had kayaks, rowing boats of all types and various sailing dinghies. It proved to be such a success it has now been turned into an annual event.
If you would like to give rowing a try, please contact
Penny Lowen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rowing at Benfleet Yacht Club
The 7th Round Canvey Row / Row Sail Race will be held on Saturday 8th July 2017
Please click here for further details including the race instructions and
There is a small but expanding group of members at Benfleet Yacht Club that row instead of/as well as sail. There has been rowing at BYC for years, but in recent times the privately owned boats we use have increased in number and style. We have both fixed seat and sliding seat boats, and row all year round.
Fixed seat boats are the more traditional style with our skiff taking up to 4 people rowing. Sliding seat boats usually tend to be thought of as the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race type. These ‘fine boats’ are not really suitable for our choppy waters so we have a 4-man coastal version that has more freeboard and self bailers - most important!
We also use a FISA international standard coastal double. This is designed specifically for rough coastal water and being self draining can take most of what the weather can throw at her - as we can vouch for! We have also recently acquired three Mondegos. These were originally designed as sliding seat training boats, but being relatively stable craft with good freeboard they are ideal for rowing on our water.