The women’s squad (BR Level 4) is successful both locally and nationally. Our target races for the senior squad include Henley Women’s Regatta, Metropolitan Regatta and Nottingham City Regatta through the summer and Pairs Head, Fours Head, the Women’s Head of the River Race during the winter season.

The women’s intermediate squad compete on Cam and at local regattas. With regular coaching and the development of a common ‘City style’ the aim is to progress competitive rowers through from the intermediate squad to the senior squad.

Across the squad we aim to train in a range of sweep and sculling boats with regular coaching both for the individual and for the crew. The club has a structured training programme which allows development of a balanced athlete through a combination of water outings, regular land based training: (ergs and weights) and work on core strength and flexibility.

Land training normally takes place on weekdays with water sessions held primarily at the weekend. with one or two weekday sessions depending on the crew. Crew selection is based on a number of factors (strength, flexibility, boat move-ability) and includes a standard set of erg tests in September, January and April.

We’re always happy to welcome new members at all levels of fitness and experience and at any time of the year.


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City of Cambridge Take Second Place at Fours Head

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.

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City of Cambridge gain 1st and 2nd placing at Pairs Head

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City of Cambridge Rowing Club saw success in this year’s Pairs Head of the River Race that ran from Chiswick Bridge to the Harrods Depository. In total the club sent seven crews across the Men’s, Women’s and Masters squads to compete on a windswept Thames with waves that often threatened to swamp boats.

Winning the Club Lightweight Double Pennant was Vincent Dubois and, Men’s Captain, Stuart Ladd. The two had rowed together in the Club’s successful Wyfold coxless four but only formed their double in the last couple of months. In challenging conditions for a lightweight crew, they beat off competition from a number of clubs including Maidstone Invicta, Putney Town and Cantabrigian Rowing Club to win in a time of 15 minutes 30.5 seconds. Their time also saw them beat over half of the heavyweight crews across all categories. This was especially notable as heavyweight crews had the advantage of setting off first when the tide was most in their favour.

Making their debut entry into Pairs Head were, Women’s Captain, Sarah Large and Alice Adriaenssens. Racing in the Women’s Club Pairs category they came second in a time of 17 minutes 5.1 seconds some 46 seconds ahead of the next fastest women’s pair. In the event, they were only beaten by a strong Putney Town crew.

Commenting Club Captain Seb Walker said, “I’m delighted with the performance which shows the competitiveness of the club in both the Men’s and Women’s squads, despite the disruption that is being caused by the rebuilding of our boathouse.”

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.

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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

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Womens Eights Head of the River 2017

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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.

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