Cantabrigian Rowing Club

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Cantabrigian Rowing Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
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Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Coordinates52°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 waterRiver Cam
Founded1950 (1950)
AffiliationsCRA, British Rowing
Cambridge Winter Head
Cambridge Regatta
Current Town Bumps Men's and Women's Headship
Invesco Perpetual Challenge Cup - Henley Women's Regatta 2017
Provincial Pennant - Women's Eights Head of the River Race 2017
Grosvenor Cup - Henley Women's Regatta 2015

Cantabrigian Rowing Club (/ˌkæntəˈbrɪiən/), known as Cantabs, is a 'town' (or CRA) rowing and sculling club in Cambridge, UK.


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,[2] holding the men's headship in the Town Bumps for seven of the last eight years and the women's headship since 2017. The Cantabs women's A crew consistently finish as the fastest Cambridge town club at the Women's Eights Head of the River Race, and finished 14th overall in 2017, winning the Provincial Pennant. Cantabs' B, C, D and E crews at WEHoRR were also faster than their counterparts from other Cambridge town clubs, and finished as the fastest B, C, D and E crews in the Provincial event.[3]

The club runs the Cambridge Winter Head every November, an event that regularly attracts over seventeen hundred competitors, and is the largest one-day event on the Cam.[4]


The club is based out of its own boat house in Chesterton on the banks of the River Cam. The boat house has a brand new purpose-built indoor training space upstairs, with brand new weights facilities installed in 2016, along with 10 static and 2 dynamic ergs. Rack space for boats ranging from single sculls to eights is located both downstairs and outside. The club also makes use of the CRA boat house and Fitzwilliam College boat house in Cambridge, primarily for Cantabs' large and vibrant junior squad and for adaptive rowing for people with disabilities.

Financial support for this development includes Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.[5]


The club is open to rowers, scullers and coxes of all ages, from the junior level up to masters level. Cantabs runs a number of different men's, women's and junior squads which cater for the social rower to those who wish to train and race competitively at a high level. There are a number of different squads which mean that different commitment levels and aspirations can be catered for.

The Senior Men's Squad has qualified at least one boat for Henley Royal Regatta in the majority of the last decade[6][7] and in 2012 qualified two eights for the Thames Challenge Cup, a first for any Cambridge town club.[8] In addition, there has been substantial individual success, with John Hale winning silver in the lightweight sculls at the 2012 British Rowing Championships[9] before representing England in the lightweight double at the Home International Regatta[10] and Charlie Palmer reaching the finals of the Diamond Challenge Sculls in 2005 and 2006.[11][12]

The Senior Women's Squad races competitively at the major Tideway heads, as well as local and national regattas and, in 2015, two crews raced at Ghent International Regatta, with the women's pair winning their event[13] (this pair went on to represent England at the Home International Regatta). Cantabs have had the fastest Cambridge town first and second eights at the Women's Eights Head of the River Race for the past few years, winning the Provincial Pennant when finishing 14th overall in 2017. In 2016, the senior squad won gold at the British Rowing Masters Championships in the women's A1x and C4-, won W.MasC.4+ at the Veteran Fours Head of the River, and won the IM1 pairs event at Pairs Head, where they were also the 2nd fastest W2- overall. In 2017, Cantabrigian won the Club 8+ event at Henley Women's Regatta,[14] setting a new course record in the process.

The club has also had success with adaptive/para rowing, with Claire Connon winning the para event at Henley Women's Regatta in 2015, and representing England at the Home International Regatta on two occasions.

Town bumps[edit]

Cantabs has held both the men's and women's headship in the CRA Bumps since 2017. The women's 2nd and 3rd and 4th eights are the highest ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th eights on the river, and the men's 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th eights are similarly the highest ranked.

Since 2015, Cantabs has consistently entered the largest number of crews of any club in the CRA Bumps, reflecting the size of the club. In 2018, 16 men's and 11 women's crews took part, comprising 25% of the overall entry, with crews bumping up a 'net' of 35 places in addition to retaining the two Headships.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cantabrigian Rowing Club Home Page
  2. ^ CRA Bumping Races
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Cantabs are the winter wonders". Cambridge News. 22 November 2011. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "Sporting legacy boost for Cantabrigian Rowing Club". Sport England. 10 April 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Kidd, Patrick (3 July 2009). "Cambridge suffer disastrous time at Henley Royal Regatta". The Times.
  7. ^ Archived 2012-09-05 at the Wayback Machine Henley Royal Regatta Results
  8. ^ "Henley first for Cantabs". Cambridge News. 25 June 2012. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-08-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) British Rowing Championships
  10. ^ "Runners-up spots for Hope and Morgan at British Championships". Henley Standard. 30 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Coventry and Palmer shine at Henley". Cambridge News. 1 July 2005.
  12. ^ Quarrell, Rachel (3 July 2005). "Goldie steal the show in thriller". Daily Telegraph.
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  14. ^ "Timetable & Results - Henley Womens Regatta". Henley Women's Regatta. Retrieved 2017-06-30.

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