Welcome to the Cantabs Women’s Squads. Whether you’re interested in training and racing at national events or prefer the more social side of rowing, Cantabs has something to offer you!
We are organised into a number of different squads, depending on commitment, aspirations and ability. Each squad has at least one dedicated coach, whose bios can be found here.
At WEHoRR in 2017, three squads were represented in the five-strong contingent from Cantabs. The A, B and C crews were formed from athletes from the Senior Women’s Squad, finishing 14th, 59th and 96th, respectively. The D crew was formed from athletes from the Intermediate Women’s Squad, and the E crew was formed from athletes from our Junior Squad.
All of our women’s squads participate in the Cambridge Town Bumps. In 2018, Cantabs fielded 11 women’s crews for bumps – the 2nd highest number of women’s crews in the event’s history, behind the 12 we entered in 2017! The Cantabs women’s crews have climbed 44 places in the last 2 years, including 7 crews getting blades.
Please contact the women’s captain for more information on any of these squads.
Senior Women’s Squad: This squad is aimed at rowers who are committed and who want to race competitively. You don’t have to be experienced to join, but you should be enthusiastic! The Senior Women’s Squad mainly focuses on racing at national events including Henley Women’s Regatta, Fours Head, WEHoRR and the Dorney regattas, but we also compete at a lot of other events along the way.
In 2017/18, the Senior Squad broke 3 on-Cam course records, won at Pairs Head, Vet Fours Head, British Masters Regatta, and had some good performances and very narrow misses at WEHORR and Henley Women’s Regatta, as well as comprising 7 of the 8 athletes in the Cambridge Power8 Sprints crew. They are holders of the Town Bumps headship, and have the highest-ranked W2 (3rd on the river), W3 and W4 of all clubs.
In the 2016/17 season, the Senior Squad won Pairs Head, Vet Fours Head and WEHORR pennants, and won at Wallingford Regatta, British Masters Regatta, and Henley Women’s Regatta.
More information on the Senior Women’s Squad can be found on the Senior Women’s page, our YouTube channel and on our Twitter feed. Please contact the women’s captain, Ellie Darlington, for more information on joining this squad.
Intermediate Squad: This squad is aimed at women who have some rowing experience and would like to develop their skills, or those who still want to compete, but have other commitments such as work or family. The Intermediate Women’s Squad training plan consists of 4-5 sessions a week including ergs, outings and circuits. This squad mainly races on the River Cam, but also fields competitive crews at and local races in places such as Peterborough and Bedford, and they race at WEHORR each year.
The Senior Women’s Squad coaches keep an eye on athletes in the Intermediate Women’s Squad, and those who are making good progress will be invited to join the Senior Women’s Squad.
Progression Squad: This squad trains 2-4 times per week, mostly consisting of ergs and outings. The focus is generally on races on the Cam, of which there are many to choose from: Winter League, Town Bumps, Head of the Cam, Winter Head, Christmas Head, Head to Head, Autumn Head, Cambridge Nines Regatta… the list goes on!
Beginner Squad: With generally 1 erg and 1 outing per week, this squad is a great way to start rowing. We suggest that you contact our lower boats captain if you have no previous rowing experience and would like to do a Learn to Row course with Cantabs.
All of our women’s squads, including the Senior Women’s Squad, contain masters rowers – we have no separate masters squad, instead encouraging masters age athletes to pick the squad which suits their training and racing aims most closely. When masters events take place, each squad often sends masters crews to compete.
The Senior Women’s Squad enters high-level masters competitions such as the Veteran Fours Head of the River, the Veterans Head of the River, the British Rowing Masters Championships and Henley Masters Regatta. In the last 12 months we have won the Vet Fours Head W.MasC.4+ pennant, come 2nd in W.MasC.8+ at Vets Head and won gold at the British Rowing Masters Championships in the W.MasA.1x and W.MasC.4-. Crews have also gone to (and medalled at!) the World Rowing Masters Regatta. Masters-age athletes in other squads enter masters status events wherever there is interest.
Please contact the women’s captain, Ellie Darlington, if you are interested in joining one of these squads.