During its ten-year existence the Isle of Ely Rowing Club has often had to make do with hand-me-down equipment. Now, through its own fund raising efforts and the generous assistance of two local firms, it has been able to buy a new eight. Last Saturday the boat was launched for its maiden outing by the managing directors of the two donor companies: Andrew Moss of Horizon Retail Marketing Solutions Ltd and Mark Haynes of G's Mushrooms. The new boat's first competitive action will be in the Cambridge Town Bumps which take place from the 22nd to the 25th July.
On Saturday 21 June our newest learn to row graduates took part in St. Ives Rowing Club's Explore League event held as part of St Ives Regatta.
The event comprised of 250m side-by-side races. Crews from Isle of Ely competed against novices crews from Bedford, Broxbourne and Oundle.
"I raced four times that day and we lost every race. But none of that mattered" said Rozi Lee. "What I took away from the event was far greater than the glory of winning – I gained confidence and developed an enjoyment of rowing".
You can read Rozi's full account of the regata in Race reports.
Find out what happened when the Isle of Ely Rowing Club's women rowers took on a 26-mile midnight row, in aid of breast cancer charity.
on 10th May 2014, Inspired by the Moon Walk, the event in London and Edinburgh where women saunter several miles bedecked in pink with prominent, external sported bras, the women of our club completed a Moon Row.
IoERC can trace its origins back to the 1944 Boat Race in Ely and for this reason many of our boats are named after those involved in the race who have shown particular interest in our progress. The arrival of IEL 405 has given us an opportunity to add a new name in the sequence – Michael Brooks.
Michael began his medical studies at Oxford in 1941. He rowed in the 1943 Boat Race at Sandford and in the 1944 Boat Race at Ely. He then ‘dropped out’ of medicine after the death of a school friend who was blown up in a tank. The death affected him deeply and he joined the Rifle
Brigade, eventually serving in North Africa and Palestine. On demobilisation in 1947 he returned to Oxford and continued to read Medicine. After clinical studies at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital he qualified in 1952.
Michael lives in Amersham and, for health reasons, is unable to be with us for a naming ceremony. Instead, we plan to present him with a photograph of a junior crew in the boat at the Queen Adelaide Bridge near where Michael would have finished the 1944 race. (See photographs - Michael is at 3 in photo above).
The presentation will be made by our president, Martin Whitworth, at a lunch in Amersham on 26th February. There is a wealth of other material relating to Michael on the River and Rowing Museum website Other boats are named after Martin Whitworth Donald Ramsay Tony Merrifield. Click on the names for biographical details.