Welcome to the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association

The association is the umbrella organisation for all local affiliated rowing Clubs in the county of Cambridgeshire. It looks after the interests of the local rowing community as well as providing facilities and events for them. 

On this site you will find links to websites for the affiliated clubs for the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association, news from local rowing clubs, and infomation and links to details of local rowing events.



CRA Timed Race 2024  - RESULTS

The results for this event are now available here:  


CRA Timed Race 2024  - entry form

The entry-form for this event is now available here:  




Sadly, we have to announce that Christopher Martyn Lloyd, founder of Xpress (formerly the Free Press Boat Club) died peacefully in Addenbrooke's Hospital on Thursday 2nd May after a brief illness.  He was 83

Chris's funeral will take place at Cam Valley Crematorium, Field Farm Drive, Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden CB10 1FE at 2pm on Friday 31st May.

A reception will follow at Shelford Rugby Club, The Davey Field, Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge CB22 5JJ (opposite Scottsdale's Garden Centre).

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception, with no obligation to pre-book.
However, it would help with catering numbers if you could register using this link: https://bit.ly/Lloyd310524 . If you find booking difficult please don’t worry; the main thing is to come.

Donations in Chris's memory will be divided between Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Alzheimer's Research UK and Parkinson's UK.

Cheques, payable to the individual charity, can be posted to Richard Stebbings Funeral Services Ltd, 1 Kendal Court, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9YS or placed in the collection box at the funeral.

Live streaming will also be available at Shelford Rugby Club at 2.00pm with access from 1.30 pm.

Family-flowers only please.

Dress: Club blazers or bright colours.



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The 2024 Winter league will open for entries on Tuesday, 2nd January 2024.  The events will run on Sunday(s) the 14th Jan, 18th Feb and 10th March.   Entries can be made here, once they have opened.  https://sites.google.com/view/crawinterleague/home.  Entry is £10 per seat per race - check on the website above.  The event fills up extremely fast, so be quick.  Priority will be given to crews entering all three races at once.


Cambridge rowing book published


Bill Key, CRA president, has recently published a book about rowing on the Cam., entitled "Eyes In The Boat".  It was recently launched during the CRA Town Bumps on 24th August 2022.  He takes you on a journey along the Cam encompassing not only details on Bumping Races andHe takes you on a journey along the Cam encompassing not only details on Bumping Races andother rowing events but includes the history of mooring, notable landmarks, fishing, wildlife,the environment and the part played by the Conservators.Brief details are given on all the boathouses along the river with an in-depth history of the two C.R.A. boathouses.Brought to life in photographs and prose it will make you smile as it goes beyond rowing and into the soul of Cambridge and all it means to be part of this historic city  Copies can be obtained by contacting: Bill Key at billkey65@hotmail.com who will advise cost and delivery details.



Recently, a collision between two VIII's at night, downstream of Green Dragon Bridge resulted in serious injuries to some rowers, which required hospital treatment.  This was in spite of both crews taking some precautions to prevent such a collision, AND in the presence of bank-party.  Because of this, we need to remind ALL CLUBS of the clauses in the Constitution of the Cambridgeshire Rowing Association that govern night-time rowing:  These state the following:

11.1 All clubs should conduct their rowing and sculling activities in accordance with the British Rowing Code of Practice on Water Safety.

At all times in poor visibility (i.e. after sunset and early morning) rowing and sculling boats shall have a white light fixed to the bow and to the stern and visible through 360 deg.

In addition a non flashing red light MUST also be fitted in the stern, to provide an indication of the direction of travel to observing crews. The use of high visibility clothing, particularly by bow, is also strongly recommended.

NOTE:  Lights should be fitted where indicated,  and not to riggers or head bands.  They should be of such a brightness and orientation that they will not dazzle approaching crews.

 At a meeting of the delegates of the CRA held on 13th January 2021 it was unanimously recommended that:

1. Crews should not go beyond Ditton Corner at night unless the ambient brightness (from the moon and stars) gives sufficient visibility, and weather conditions (eg fog) do not impede visibility.  

2. Crews should always be accompanied by someone on the bank who is both willing and able to shout warnings to crews. 

3. It is further recommended that a mobile phone is carried by at least one crewmember in case of emergency, and that a spare light is carried in case of light-failure 


Please ensure that your crews follow these recommendations for all outings conducted in low-light and night-time conditions.   We do not want to have to announce any more injuries (or worse) on our river that are the result of entirely avoidable accidents.












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