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We love big boats, and we cannot lie! So that's why we like this event with its mostly larger, stable sliding-seat boats and the fixed-seat skiffs and other coastal boats.  But anything capable of dealing with slightly rougher water, with two oars or more and coxed can take part. And we love adding colour to our event so get planning fancy dress now!  The theme is the coronation, but more general national dress welcome if less regally inclined.


Notice of entry is requested by 12 Aug 23 and entries close on 19 Aug 23

How to enter

Your online entry forms will be completed in a simple Google form which is now live and captures all the required information.

You can find the link in the Documents section of the website, or direct link here:

An invoice with bank details will be emailed to you on receipt of your entry. Payment should then be made by online transfer as soon as possible and no later than a couple of days before race day.

Please remember that you can substitute 100% of your crew and your boat type up until the close of entries. After that you can substitute 50% of crew only.

Entry dates and costs

Price includes entry to the event (coxes go free) - T-shirts extra *:


  • Entries are £25 per seat up to 12 August 2023 (and we would like most entries by then so we can judge if the event is viable or not), and then £30 up to the close..

  • Entries close on 19 August  2022 (but get in touch if late, as we may just be able to take you, but no promises)

  • If entry cost is a restriction we are happy to discuss.


Crew options

Crew options are:


  • Open - Can be a boat crewed by either women or men in any combination.

  • Mixed - at least 50% of those actually rowing at any one time must be female; the coxswain may be either male or female

  • Women - Those actually rowing at any one time must all be female competitors. A male coxswain is allowed, but must remain in the coxswain seat for the entire journey. 

Rowers and coxswains are allowed to swap at any point in the row, subject to the above, 

Boat types

The Great Tyne Row accepts entries for stable or coastal coxed rowing boats. We do not allow fine or coxless boats to enter. 


We have so far had:


  • Stable 4x+ and 4+

  • Stable 2x+

  • St Ayles Skiff 4+

  • Whitby style coastal 4+

  • Celtic Longboat

  • Hanningfield Skiff 3+

  • Ocean-going double


If you would like to enter another type of boat in 2023 please contact us. We would like to have a wide variety as possible and would love to have other entries such as Cornish Pilot Gigs. Any boat type not familiar to us may have to be risk assessed.

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