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In these strange COVID times, when big groups can't gather and we can't hold Head races or regattas, ladder racing gives you the chance to still have some fun on the water.

The rules are simple, and anyone can take part. If you are an established crew from an established club, you should already be on the ladder and can start straight away, challenging any crew within ten places of you to a race on terms that you agree between you. If you can borrow a boat and can form a crew, you can be added to the ladder. Recreational involvement is encouraged, with all crews able to find their level whether they get together six times a week or once a month.  Win your race, and you jump above the crew you beat, while they (and every crew between you) move down a place.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are insured. The easiest way to do this is to be a member of British Rowing, because insurance comes as part of the package. You can sign up as a member for £60 a year at

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