58 club members rowing in 18 different crews joined 175 crews from all over Cambridgeshire for the Cambridge Winter League on Sunday. The Ely entries showed the range of the club’s activities, with boats in size from single sculls to 60 foot-long “eights”, and competing in age categories for 13-year-old juniors to “masters” in the 65 – 70 age category. The club’s full range of skills were also on display, with some crews having years of racing experience; whilst others, crewed by people who have recently learned to row at the club, tested themselves in their first race.

Alice Thompson will join the USC women's rowing team for the spring semester beginning in January 2017. She competed for the Isle of Ely Rowing Club with the GB Start Programme. Alice earned a bronze medal in the JW4x at the British Rowing Junior Championships as well as a bronze at the Henley Women's Regatta.

"USC has fantastic opportunities for athletes and offers rowing and academic success" said Thompson. "It facilitates my needs of a group of highly driven, determined and mentally tough individuals like myself and has an excellent psychology program."

You can read more here.

We wish Alice success in the future.

Golds galore for Isle of Ely talent Seren

Congratulations to Seren Palmer on winning Golds at the British Rowing Indoor Championships. Seren returned from the London Velodrome with two gold medals after she eased to victory in the Year 8 Girls 500m and the Year 8 Girls three-minute race categories. She beat a large field of athletes from as far afield as Exeter and Newcastle.

The club’s Welfare Officer, Lynda Haynes, said: “It had been her ambition to take part in the BRICs since she first started indoor rowing during the Isle of Ely’s rowing training sessions last January.

“She never dreamt of doing so well. The atmosphere at the event was amazing – loud friendly, well organised and great fun.”

Seren capped her success by meeting Team GB’s Olympic rowing hero Mo Sbihi.

Seren with gold medals

    Seren with Team GBs Mo Sbihi

The club’s START team also put in top performances at the event, with Imogen Magner bagging bronze in the under 23s, Alice Thompson finishing in eighth in the same category and Freya Dingwall finishing in fifth in the Year 11 category.

Click here for the results.

On Saturday 29th October our Janousek 4x was named ‘Dick Pryce-Jones’ in memory of our much loved Vice-President who died last year.

Dick’s widow, Reine Pryce-Jones, and his sister, Catherine Sheppard, made long journeys specially to perform the naming ceremony and to join us in paying homage to someone who had a major influence in the foundation and development of the Club.

It is with great sadness that we report that Martin Whitworth, our President since 2004, died peacefully at home in Woodbridge on 7 September 2016.

Martin rowed at 4 for Cambridge in the 1944 Boat Race held in Ely. On that occasion he was in the losing boat but he got his revenge the following year, this time at stroke, when the race was held at Henley. 

The 60th Anniversary of the 1944 race was celebrated here in Ely in 2004 with Martin as one of the honoured guests. When, during the festivities, he heard of the idea of starting a local rowing club he was immediately enthusiastic. Thereafter his interest never waned and in recognition of this he was unanimously elected President.