Bedford Rowing Club
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|Bedford Rowing Club|
|Location||Bedford, United Kingdom|
|Home water||River Great Ouse|
Despite Bedford Regatta having been founded in 1853, there is no record of any rowing clubs in Bedford until 1886. Bedford Rowing Club was founded on 15 March 1886 at a meeting chaired by the Mayor. It was minuted that:
- That it be advisable that a Rowing Club be formed in Bedford.
- That it be called the Bedford Amateur Rowing Club.
- That amateurs only, as defined by the rules of the Amateur Rowing Association, be eligible to become members.
- That a Committee be elected by the meeting to draw up Rules for the Club & amount of subscriptions.
- That all members be swimmers.
The original minutes are held in the Bedfordshire archives; a copy is on display in the Club.
The club regularly competes across the UK at all levels and has a broad membership base, from complete novices and juniors through to senior oarsmen and veterans.
The club hosts three Head Races each year as well as a popular Sprint Regatta:
- The Eights & Fours Head is held on the second Sunday in February.
- The Spring Small Boats Head is usually held on the second Sunday in April, though the date may be changed, depending on when Easter is celebrated.
- The Sprint Regatta is held on the Sunday between Henley Royal Regatta and the National Championships.
- The Autumn Small Boats Head is held on the second Sunday in October.
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