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 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

Some thirty members of the City of Cambridge Rowing Club have returned after a highly successful training camp at Chester. With training across four days and involving members of the senior and intermediate squads, the club was able to hone it’s skills in preparation for the regatta season.

Sessions ranged from work in small boats, to battle paddling in coxless fours to some eights outings. The squad also found time to escape from Chester’s “escape rooms”!

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