Dear Member,

The Annual General Meeting of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club will be held on Thursday 30 November at Ely Sailing Club.

Attached is a letter from me giving everyone advance notice that your attendance at this year's AGM is extremely important.  The committee have been working on the club converting to CIO status.  I'll let you read the letter rather than duplicate here but we really do need as many members and more details will follow closer to the meeting.

Motions for discussion and nominations for posts on the Committee are invited. A list of posts will be found on page 25 of the Club Handbook. See:

Some of these may be combined according to preference.

In submitting Motions and Nominations members should be aware of the following clauses of the Club Constitution:

Clause 10 B     

Nominations for the position of Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and other Officers shall be put forward in the form of a motion under the terms of Clause 13D.

Clause 13 D     

Motions for discussion at Annual General Meetings not of origin from within the Committee, shall be lodged with the Hon. Secretary at least 30 days preceding the AGM, and be signed by 2 members entitled to vote.

Members should also be aware that items for Any Other Business will only be accepted if submitted in writing to the Secretary before the start of the meeting.


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Women’s Division 3

Sweep of Faith continued their campaign with another solid row-over.

Our opposition on day 3 (Cantabs 12) bumped out ’99 6; so for the final night we will take on 99’s.

How will we do? – the clue is in the name – we have every FAITH in our ability to bump them and support our other crews in the bid for the John Jenner Trophy.

Report from our Bumps Crews

Men's Division 3

IMG 4284Looking to build on the successes of Tuesday evening we started Wednesday on the 6th chain chasing Cantabs 8 and followed by Champs 4, looking for revenge. We started well, taking a length off Cantabs by 1st Post, but soon hit very rough water as Cantabs closed on and then bumped City 9 in The Gut, temporarily blocking the river. Realising that there should be at least one boat on the river ahead of us that could be bumped we restarted our pursuit. Now you’ll remember that Jo, our cox, was keen for us to bump before going around the corners on the Cam and as we rounded Grassy we discovered that our tiny rudder was woefully inadequate for the job and we drifted round the corner and side slapped the bank as we entered Plough Reach. Behind us City 11 had bumped Champs 4 and ahead of us the spare boat we were chasing had disappeared so we decided to call it a night and settled for a row-over. On Thursday we chase City 9 and are chased by City 11.

Women's Division 2

W2 Bump Day 2

New Day New Crew!  Molly dropped into the boat at 2 for her first sweep oar experience!  Had a tremendous practice start and even the real start was better than yesterday! The City 6 crew we were chasing had a faster start and were rapidly gaining on City 7. However, we managed to stride well and Ellen called the push just before they did and we closed a length in 6 strokes to another Bump on 1st Post Corner! Now to tackle City 7 before City 6 catches up with us! 

Women's Division 3

W2 (Sweep of Faith) is getting closer – to within 2 whistles of a bump on day 2!

Looking forward, our strategy is seriously upping our training mileage. With a chain near the lock, we get the longest 

possible row down to the start; and two row-overs in 2 nights ensures we are getting maximum practice under race conditions.

Look out Cantabs 12 – we ARE going to get you!


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Day 1 of Town Bumps got off to a flying start for Isle of Ely with two bumps and a row over, putting us in second place behind St Neots for the John Jenner Trophy.

Women’s Division 3

W2 (Sweep of Faith) enjoyed their first experience of bumps after starting from scratch just 3 months ago.  The crew was up for it, and very quickly ate into Cantabs 12's lead at the start.but despite a good row they couldn’t quite manage a bump. So, with no one chasing they settled down for a row-over to save their energy for day 2.

With first night nerves now behind them, and much scrutiny of videos of the opposition, the crew is even more up for it for day 2.  Tonight they will attempt to catch Cantabs 12 who failed to bump ’99 7.

Isle of Ely rowers took on the best at Britain’s showpiece rowing event at Henley Royal Regatta.

The junior quartet of Freya Dingwall, Rebecca Welch Kate Lyster, Molly Johnson stormed to the final of the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup for junior girls quadruple sculls, after coming through four rounds of quality racing.

16 boats from 51 entries contested the event at the 178-year-old Thames regatta, which takes place on a 2,100m course, roared on by thousands of spectators watching the action along the riverside.

The Isle of Ely girls started their campaign with a 2 lengths lead over the Lady Eleanor Holles School, followed by a commanding 2 ¼ length lead over Godolphin Latymer in the quarter-finals, to move through to the next round.

In the semi-final Isle of Ely had another strong performance against local crew Henley Rowing Club. The Ely girls led from the start and in the second half of the race put on a big push to win comfortably by 2 ¼ lengths. This put them into the final against defending champions Gloucester Rowing Club. The two clubs had previously met in the final of Henley Women’s Regatta two weeks earlier where Gloucester won.

In the rematch, Ely got off to a good start leading by ½ length, but they were unable to hold off their rivals Gloucester who moved out at the halfway point to win for the fourth consecutive year by 2 ½ lengths.

It was the first time that an Isle of Ely crew had reached the finals at Henley. Coached by Peter Lee, the quartet received plaudits from the race commentators about the quality of their sculling.

You can watch all of Isle of Ely’s races on YouTube