Tees Long Distance Sculls

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Tees Long Distance Sculls was one of the six events that constituted the popular Autumn Long Distance Sculling Series, which was initially only for single sculling boats. The Tees event was first held as a trial in 1972 and was won by Rolf Munding of Durham University BC. At this time it was held on a tidal river and started downstream of what is now the Tees Barrage, passing the Head Wrightson slipway, finishing at the Boathouse beside the Victoria Bridge. After the Tees Barrage was constructed, crews raced downstream and finished at the Tees boathouse then later again at the River Tees Watersports Centre. It became an annual event which, after many years of being only for single scullers, eventually opened up to bigger boats.