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Robin Williams with Helen Glover, Heather Stanning

City of Cambridge Rowing Club has engaged Robin Williams to oversee and mentor its coaches and coaching program.

Robin Williams represented Great Britain at six world championships, winning silver and bronze medals. He was coach to the Cambridge University Boat Club for 11 years winning seven Varsity Boat races. He was also coach to the World record holders and the Olympic, World, World Cup and European champions of the women’s coxless pair, variously rowed by Helen Glover, Heather Stanning and Polly Swann.

Despite it being a year of turmoil as the club’s old boathouse was pulled down and rebuilt, it was nonetheless a season with some great successes. The highlights are listed below.

We are in!


28th July 2019

After months of being homeless we are now in our lovely new boathouse with a boatbay that holds over 40 boats, gym, changing rooms and clubroom with bar and a balcony with the best views on the Cam.

The gym

City of Cambridge celebrated strong weekend performances at the national British Rowing Masters Championships in Nottingham.  On Saturday the men’s Masters C pair (average age 43-50), stroked by Chris Ware and steered by club captain Seb Walker, won the A-C non-championship division beating Birmingham, Tyne and Leicester Rowing Clubs. The duo were on form again on Sunday, winning bronze in a thrilling men’s Masters C pairs final, pipping Plymouth by just 0.01 seconds.  City enjoyed further success on Sunday with the Masters C mixed double consisting of Chris and Kate Ware finishing as runners up in the A-C category.

The championships, which is open to Masters rowers (aged 27+), saw 865 crews taking part, with a record 609 entries to the Championship category.  In total 131 clubs were represented.

Masters rowing is a fast-growing area of the sport and City has several masters crews on both the men’s and women’s squad sides who train and compete together on and off-Cam.