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.


Teresa our club chair took to the water – but without her oars – raising over £1100 to improve club facilities.

On Saturday 8th October Teresa swam 5kms in open water at Hannam’s Wake Hug, Streatham on the A10.

Teresa said “I wanted to do something that I find difficult. Back in June I could swim the length of a pool - say 25m so, I thought a good challenge would be a 5km open water swim. It wasn't until I started to train that I realised how hard distance swimming is!

Isle of Ely rowers will be competing in the British Rowing Sculling Festival taking place on on 13th and 14th August 2016 at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham

Imogen Magner will compete in the Beginners Event. Competing in the Women’s main event are Kate Lyster, Rebecca Welch, Alice Thompson, Emily May, Molly Johnson, Helena O Donnell, Freya Dingwall and Sam Champion in the Men’s main event. They are all part of the GB Start programme.


Holly Hill is one of 57 rowers who have been selected for the World U23 Championships taking place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 21-28 August 2016. 

Holly won bronze last year in the women’s four. This year she will team up in the women’s 8 in the 5 seat with Emily Ford, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne, Anna Thornton. Alice Bowyer, Chloe Brew, Madelaine Badcott and Heidi Longand coxed by Sasha Adwani.

The World U23s are taking place alongside both the Senior and Junior World Championships, with more than 100 GB rowers in total competing on the Willem-Alexander Baan rowing course during an action-packed week.

Seren Palmer fought off competition from hundreds of other rowers to seal first place in a race at the Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta.

12-year-old Seren travelled to the palace in Oxfordshire, and took first place in the WJ12 1x heat and then in the final – a feat made more impressive by the fact she started her rowing career last September.

“I was shocked at the stunning views and couldn’t believe I was part of such an amazing event,” Seren said.

“The atmosphere was incredible and I was so thankful to be able to take part. I couldn’t have done it without the amazing coaches and support of the Isle of Ely Rowing Club.”

Seren was presented with her award by members of the winners of the Oxford University Boat Race, including women’s boat club president, Maddy Badcott, and the youngster was delighted to meet one of her rowing heroes.

She said: “I can’t believe I actually shook hands with the Oxford Boat Race winners!”


Seren seen here with Elo Luik from this year's Oxford Blue Boat who presented her medal, and with Victor - coach extrordinaire!