City of Cambridge Rowing Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Carter and Richard Hoare as the Club’s Men’s and Women’s Head Coach respectively from September 2023.


Women’s head coach, Richard Hoare
Men’s head coach, Paul Carter


Richard Hoare joins City from Norwich Rowing Club, where he has had considerable success over recent years. From New Zealand originally, he brings a wealth of experience to the Women’s Head Coach role. He is excited at the prospect of working with a large group and is keen to take the club forward with its women’s squad, as he brings his technical expertise, as well as his strong work ethic to the club. 

Paul Carter will take on the men’s squad. Having joined the club in the autumn of 2022 Paul has worked hard to achieve success with all the crews he has been involved with. Paul coached the club’s composite Prince of Wales entry, qualifying the boat in an intermediate event at Henley Royal Regatta. He also coached the Men’s 1st crew to success at the Town Bumps, winning the headship in emphatic style, the first time for 43 years. Paul will build on the success of this year, and we are excited at what can be achieved in the coming season.

This is an exciting development for the club after what has been a successful 2023 season, where, after entering 4 crews, the men qualified two crews for Henley Royal Regatta as well as winning the men’s town bumps headship for the first time since the 1980s. The 2nd and 3rd crews also won blades with the 2nd eight finishing in 4th place overall. The women’s squad entered four crews for Henley Women’s Regatta and maintained their 2nd position in the town bumps, with strong performances by the next four women’s crews, the 2nd crew bumping up twice and the 3rd boat achieving blades. 

Mike Partridge will take on the role as Director of Rowing and will work closely with the coaching teams in the club to assist them with their development, as well as work on the strategies needed to ensure the club builds on the success it has achieved in recent times.