Boats set to take part in Great Tyne Row

The river Tyne.

The river Tyne.

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The Great Tyne Row takes place at the end of the month with a number of activities planned.

It is not so much a race, although there are prizes for the fastest boats, but more of a ‘unique experience’.

Crews boat from Newburn on the to the west of Newcastle and Gateshead and row down the historic river through the central quayside, passing under the numerous famous bridges, and then on to the sea at Tynemouth – a distance of 25km (16 miles).

It is a unique opportunity to row down parts of the Tyne not normally accessible and also briefly within sight of the sea at the river mouth.

Local rowing clubs organise the event.

A spokesperson for the event said: “We love big boats, we cannot lie, so that’s why we like this event with its larger, stable sliding-seat boats and the fixed-seat skiffs and other coastal boats.

“Boats must be capable of dealing with slightly rough water and boats with two or four rowers, and a cox steering, can take part.

“And we love adding colour to our event so fancy dress is encouraged.”

This year the race is being run in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tynemouth Rowing Club recently lost Chris Dixon, their long-standing chairman and club stalwart, and members are keen that their loss and the wonderful support that Chris received from Macmillan is acknowledged.

The event takes place on Saturday, August 27, and more details can be found at www.greattynerow.com/