lockdown Update


6th January 2021

Following the updated British Rowing guidelines, our boathouse is closed. But our Zoom training and social sessions for members continue This is a difficult time, but everyone in the CCRC family is here to support you. We shall overcome to see brighter days ahead – #StaySafe

New boats


23rd December 2020

Christmas came early this month for CCRC as Filippi Boats delivered 4 new boats to complete the Filippi side of our boat bay.

The new boats consist of a Women’s 8+, a heavyweight 4-, a lightweight 4+ and a lightweight 2x/-.

In a season where almost every rowing race has been cancelled, the City of Cambridge Rowing Club (CCRC) celebrated the post-lockdown period with festive fun at its annual Christmas Head on Saturday 5 December.

Race organisers at CCRC put in place a host of measures to provide more than 500 competitors in some 120 crews with a safe opportunity to don their wackiest fancy dress and race down the river in an event that has been a Christmas season highlight in the Cambridge rowing calendar for decades.

City President Tony Nelder said: “We have worked very hard during lockdown with British Rowing, the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association and other Cambridge authorities to make this much-loved part of the rowing calendar safe and fun for all the athletes from ages 13 to 75, who have been desperate to get out on the river for weeks.”

Usually very popular with town supporters stood along stretch of river in front of the boathouses, this year’s race was moved to a course just outside the centre of town that runs from Plough Reach to just before Green Dragon footbridge to discourage clusters of onlookers.

The fastest crew on the day was City of Cambridge’s own men’s eight in a time of 6 minutes 52 seconds. Cantabrigian women fielded the fastest Women’s crew in a time of 7 minutes 32 seconds. Cambridge 99’s Will Young was the fastest sculler with City of Cambridge’s Jess Halliday was the fastest women’s sculler.

Cantabrigian Rowing Club won the best fancy dress prize while a double scull from Jesus College won the best corner round Ditton Corner prize.

The club was also been fortunate to partner with Droplet one of Cambridge’s technology companies to run the race entry system as they start to launch their club management app.

Claire: “Just been told by our Bursar that one of his friends had a daughter rowing in Saturday’s race, and the friend went to watch and burst into tears when her daughter’s crew went past, at the sight of something “normal” happening amongst all the grimness of a global pandemic.”

Return to Rowing


30th November 2020

The government has placed Cambridgeshire into Tier 2, this means that as per British Rowing guidelines we are free to open up on Thursday 3rd December. In short we will be able to:

  • Open up the boathouse with Covid rules in place.
  • Allow the use of crew boats subject to Covid-Secure protocols which will include bubbles (similar to where we were pre lockdown)
  • Open up the gym with Covid rules in place.
  • AND run competitions, including our Christmas Head (Sat 5 Dec)

As we are now in the midst of lockdown we wanted to let you know that we are still planning to run the Christmas Head on 5 December (assuming that we come out of lockdown on 2 December.) While we are aware that most people won’t have had the opportunity to do much on the water training, the feedback that we are getting is that people would like to do a fun race (especially if fancy dress is involved!)

If the event is cancelled, or certain classes of boats are not able to row then we will provide refunds on race entries. Given that some college clubs need college approval to row (in addition to BR go ahead), we will also allow people to change entries (eg by swapping boat class) up until 3 December.

As you may know, we are limiting entries in order to maintain social distancing and for general safety reasons.

In order to be fair to all entrants we will be allocating places in the event based on the date people enter or contact me using the following ranking:

1. Crews that have entered specific categories and paid
2. Crews that have entered and paid but now wish to change category eg an 8+ to a 4+
3. Crews that have entered online (https://www.droplet.events/christmas-head) but have not paid
4. Crews that have entered online, have not paid and wish to change category
5. College crews that email me at eventsccrc[at]gmail.com with an expression of interest setting out the probable crews they will enter.

We very much recognise that this is a difficult time for the rowing community and want to put on an event that is safe, fun, fair and rewarding.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions.