The 2020 British Rowing Almanack now available

The 147th edition of the British Rowing Almanack is published and available to purchase, subject to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions


British Rowing’s yearbook, the 2020 Almanack, is in the post (directly from the printers) and on its way to life members and direct debit members. Copies will be sent to affiliated clubs when the coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

The 352pp A5 book is jam-packed with information about the sport from the fastest times at Henley Royal and individual club records through to the masters’ handicapping table and the colour of different club blades.

There are comprehensive records of the 2019 racing year, and the detailed governance information includes the 2020 Rules of Racing making the Almanack the go-to reference guide for the rowing community.

After putting the finishing touches to this year’s Almanack, Editor Maggie Phillips said: “This will be my 10th as editor – how time flies by.

“Throughout this time, I’ve come into contact with contributors from aspects of our sport of which I had only minimal previous knowledge – now I know a lot more!”

The Almanack is jam-packed with information about the sport from the fastest times at Henley Royal to club records

The Almanack also explores behind the scenes, featuring different areas of the sport in each edition.

“Over the years multi-lane fine boat rowing has been very much on the rise,” said Maggie. “However traditional side-by-side events are still very much enjoyed as our article covering the 150th anniversary of Sudbury Regatta explains.”

It was fortunate that the 2020 Almanack was able to be printed just before the current coronavirus lockdown came into force.

Maggie added: “As the 2020 Almanack went to print, the rowing community was coming to terms with the aftermath of Storms Ciara and Dennis. These cancelled numerous events and flooded many clubhouses, causing thousands of pounds of damage in many cases.

“Now we all face a new challenge – COVID-19. This may well affect us all for many months to come.

“I wish you all well through these difficult times.”

How to order

The price of the Almanack is £28 for a perfect bound version and £31 for a spiral bound version.

If you are a British Rowing member then you can login to your account, go to your ‘Profile’ and select ‘Member Details’. You will then see the ‘Extras’ tab where you will have options to purchase a stitch or spiral-bound copy.

If you don’t have an online account or are not a member of British Rowing, then you can contact us at [email protected] to find out more.

Please note that clubs will receive a copy of the Almanack when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.