Category Archives: Womens Rowing

The Cub’s women’s squad saw success at Pairs Head on 6 October achieving a second place result in the Women’s Club Pairs category. The pair comprising Mez Dubois-van Slageren and Sarah Pocock completed the course in a time of 15 minutes and 59 seconds. The club’s other women’s crew came 4th in the Intermediate Pairs category and both beat local rivals Cantabs.

City of Cambridge Rowing Club’s Women’s Squad have made an excellent start to the summer regatta season.  Whilst most would have cancelled their alarms on the Sunday of a bank holiday weekend, Sarah Large, Mez Dubois-van Slageren, Kate Hurst and Susie Valen were up at 5am and heading off to race Wallingford Regatta at Eton Dorney rowing lake.

In the morning competing in the Women’s Challenge Coxless Fours heats, they came third in their heat, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. The afternoon saw the Women’s Club Coxless Fours event, where City of Cambridge were able to comfortably win their heat and then go on to win the final, beating Agecroft, Auriol Kensington, Lea, Putney Town and City of Bristol in a time of 7:28.1.  They returned to Cambridge with the Chalmore Challenge Cup ready to take pride of place in their brand new boat house, opening summer 2019

CCRC Women at Pairs Head 2018

Alice Adriaenssens, Mez Dubois-van Slageren, Francesca Axe and Sarah Large. Photo Courtesy of Alistair Cragie

Following on from a successful Pairs Head, City of Cambridge once again saw an excellent result in this years Fours Head of the River Race. The club sent eight crews across the Men’s and Women’s squads to row the full Boat Race course, with boats entered in coxed and coxless fours as well as a quad.

With two good crews competing in the Women’s Challenge 4-, Sarah Large and Alice Adriaenssens joined forces with Francesca Axe and Mez Dubois-van Slageren to place second in a time of 22 minutes 32.8 seconds, just five seconds behind the winning crew from Wallingford and eight seconds ahead of the next fastest crew from City of Oxford.

The club was also able to achieve a similar result the following day as their Men’s Masters B coxless four (average age between 36–43) took second place despite competing in the Masters A category (average age 27-36).

Club Captain Seb Walker said: “This is a great result for the Club, which builds on the Men’s Lightweight Double win and the Women’s Pair second place at Pairs Head a few weeks ago to give us the start of a run of successes.