City of Cambridge has a vibrant womens squad with a history of strong performances at local and national rowing events.  At the highest level we compete at the tideway heads, the 2000m multi-lanes at Eton and Henley Womens Regatta.

We provide regular coaching on the water and strength and conditioning coaching and specialist advice through our relationship with Cambridge Strength and Conditioning.

We run a squad system so less experienced rowers, including complete beginners, can learn to row and progress through the club as they improve. Many of our most successful oarswomen have learned to row at the club.

City Women Dominate VIIIs events at Head of the Cam

On Saturday 22 April the womens squad fielded 3 VIIIs in the Head of the Cam, a race over 2,600m from the A14 bridge to just before the Green Dragon. The full depth of the womens squad was represented with everything from ex-Blues to our recent Learn to row graduates.

The top womens VIII of Kate Hurst, Katy Levitt, Samantha Deacon, Sarah Airey, Zara Goozee, Susie Valen, Aubree Wisley, Fran Axe and Jess Upton (cox) were the fastest womens VIII of the day completing the course in 9mins 52 seconds - one of the fastest times recorded for a womens VIII in recent history.

W2 Head of the Cam 2017

W2 at the start line.

Aubree and Susie then went on to race again in the W2 crew of Tiffany Morris, Aubree Wisley, Steph Diepeveen, Susie Valen, Amanda Butter, Julie Lomas, Laura Beattie, Laura Farquhar and Robert Nimmo (cox). W2 finished the course in 11mins 32seconds winning the IM3 VIIIs category.

To complete the set the Womens Novice VIII of Jess Hasken, Livi Oldland, Elisabeth Fonteneau, Katy Harrison, Gosia Szlachta, Larisa Lazbin, Beth Jarrett, Jenny Stoneman and Daniil Slavin finished the course in 12mins 31seconds - a full 30seconds faster than their fastest winter league time, to pick up the prize for fastest Womens Novice VIII

Pots Head of the Cam 2017

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Womens Eights Head of the River 2017

WehoRR 2017

On 11th March the womens squad took two VIIIs to tideway to race the Womens Eights Head of the River over 4 1/4 miles from the University Stone, Mortlake, downstream to Putney Pier:  Both crews raced in the Intermediate category, and for the Provincial Pennant. The day started well with some of the nicest conditions we have seen on tideway in a few years.

The W1 crew of Zara Goozee (str), Katy Levitt, Naomi Morris, Sarah Airey, Katherine Watson, Susanne Valen, Lindsay Hamilton, Francesca Axe and Julia Kelsoe (cox) finished the course in 19.59.9 finishing 39th overall as the fourth Provincial Club crew on the day. Starting in position 123 meant that Julia had to cox the crew through overtaking 7 boats during the race whilst having a 7k battle with crew 122, with plenty going on the crew always had something to push off and some choppy water to deal with.

W1 racing the Tideway for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

W1 racing the Tideway for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

The W2 crew of Hannah Creasey (str), Alice Adriaenssens, Tiffany Morris, Aubree Wisley, Amanda Buttery, Marina Villarroel, Laura Beattie, Laura Farquhar and Alex Black (cox), many of whom are still novice status, were feeling positive from their recent win at Norwich Head and set off with confidence. A strong race meant they finished the course in 21.55.6 finishing 197th overall — a full 36 places higher than last years W2 and less than 20 seconds behind Cambridge 99's W1.

WehoRR 2017 W2 W2 rowing back from the finish for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

W2 rowing back from the finish for Womens' Head of the River 2017.

Women’s Eight Win in Norwich


"Sudbury! Move right please” were the words called out by Robert Nimmo, coxing the City women’s eight, on the River Yare on Saturday 25th of February at the Norwich Head of the River, hosted by Norwich Rowing Club. The crew stuck to their race plan and went out hard and fast overtaking the Sudbury women’s crew just 1 minute and 36 seconds into the race. Settling into their rhythm, all eyes were on stroke Hannah Creasey, as they went in pursuit of the next Sudbury crew. Responding well to the power calls, the women continued strongly over the 5000 metre course, keeping their blade work sharp and their finishes long. Picking up the pace in the last quarter of the race, they finished in 22 minutes and 9 secs; taking home a win for City of Cambridge Rowing Club. Press coverage of the historic Deuchar cup in the Eastern Daily Press shows the crew in action. The crew included Hannah Creasey, Alice Adriaenssens, Tiffany Morris, Sarah Airey, Amanda Buttery, Marina Villarroel, Laura Beattie and Aubree Wisley.

W2 nails

Coach Luke Wisley said “It was a convincing win. The crew are rowing confidently and many rowers training on the River Cam want to be in this boat at the moment.” The next race for the crew is the Women's Eights Head of the River Race on the Thames where coxswain Alex Black will be calling the race. The crew will adhere to their scrupulous and scrumptious nutritional plan of pre-race Italian fayre and home-baking. Crew stylist Laura will ensure co-ordinated nails and blades as "matching crews row faster!"

Planning permission for new boathouse granted!


Artist's impression by Rachel Kelly

City of Cambridge Rowing Club is delighted to announce that the council has granted us planning permission for the new boathouse. This is an extremely big step in the project and we thank everyone involved for their continued support.

The new boathouse, designed by Whitworth Chartered Architects & Building Surveyors, will be 10.24m wide and a maximum of 27m in length, and be built with concrete blocks and steel cladding.

It will also include openings on the ground floor for water to enter and exit the building in the case of flooding.

Read the Cambridge News article

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