Cantabrigian Rowing Club

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Cantabrigian Rowing Club
Location Cambridge
Coordinates 52°21′53″N 0°14′38″E / 52.36472°N 0.24389°E / 52.36472; 0.24389 (Cantabrigian Rowing Club)Coordinates: 52°21′53″N 0°14′38″E / 52.36472°N 0.24389°E / 52.36472; 0.24389 (Cantabrigian Rowing Club)
Home water River Cam
Founded 1950 (1950)
Affiliations CRA, British Rowing

Cantabrigian Rowing Club, known as Cantabs, is a rowing club in Cambridge.


Cantabs was founded in 1950 as a rowing club for the old boys of the Hills Road Sixth Form College, then the Cambridgeshire High School for Boys.[1] It first accepted general membership in the 1960s and has been an open club since. The club is affiliated to the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association and British Rowing.

The club is currently one of the fastest on the River Cam[citation needed], holding the Mens Headship in the Town Bumps for five of the last six years and currently second on the river in the Women's races.[2] The club has qualified at least one boat for Henley Royal Regatta in the majority of the last decade[3][4] and in 2012 the Mens senior squad qualified two eights for the Thames Challenge Cup, a first for any Cambridge town club.[5] In addition, there has been substantial individual success, with John Hale winning silver in the lightweight sculls at the 2012 British Rowing Championships[6] before representing England in the lightweight double at the Home International Regatta[7] and Charlie Palmer reaching the finals of the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 2005 and 2006.[8][9]

The club runs the Cambridge Winter Head every November, an event that can attract over a thousand competitors.[10]


The club is based out of its own boathouse in Chesterton on the banks of the River Cam. The current boathouse has rooms for weights and ergs and rack space for the men's squads. The club also makes significant use of the CRA boathouse in Cambridge.

A new boathouse is under construction that will allow both sides of the club to be reunited and to provide additional facilities that the current boathouse lacks such as dedicated changing rooms and a kitchen. Financial support for this development includes Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.[11]

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  1. ^ Cantabrigian Rowing Club Home Page
  2. ^ CRA Bumping Races
  3. ^ Kidd, Patrick (3 July 2009). "Cambridge suffer disastrous time at Henley Royal Regatta". The Times. 
  4. ^ Henley Royal Regatta Results
  5. ^ "Henley first for Cantabs". Cambridge News. 25 June 2012. 
  6. ^ British Rowing Championships
  7. ^ "Runners-up spots for Hope and Morgan at British Championships". Henley Standard. 30 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Coventry and Palmer shine at Henley". Cambridge News. 1 July 2005. 
  9. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (3 July 2005). "Goldie steal the show in thriller". Daily Telegraph. 
  10. ^ "Cantabs are the winter wonders". Cambridge News. 22 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sporting legacy boost for Cantabrigian Rowing Club". Sport England. 10 April 2012. 

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