Cambois Rowing Club has a long and distinguished history. Founded on the River Blyth in 1911, the club moved to the lower reaches of the River Wansbeck in 1977 where members now regularly operate from a modern boathouse complete with land-training facilities. Find out more about the history of the club…

Although its junior crews have enjoyed much success at national level over recent years and its veteran crews have returned with medals from international championships, the main theme of the club is the enjoyment of rowing by a wide section of the community.

The lower Wansbeck, especially the mile between the Stakeford and Sheepwash bridges is both picturesque and uniquely well-suited for teaching the skills of rowing and sculling; an excellent riverside cycleway allows coaches to watch and advise their crews. Also, the friendly atmosphere of the club means that a crew of experienced lifelong rowers has often been prepared to include a few complete novices, some well past their youth, in order to introduce newcomers to the delights of rowing in a racing boat.

In common with some other rowing clubs in the North-East, the Cambois club want to recruit more members to this friendly and welcoming club. Especially welcome this summer will be folk who have recently been involved, and preferably been successful, in other sports. For example, off-season footballers could both maintain their fitness and enjoy the challenge of learning a branch of athletics that can be physically demanding.

Our boat fleet include two eights. Our flagship boat, the Norman Howitt, is a vespoli eight that our successful men’s squad race at the most prestigious eights event of the year at the head of the river race on the Thames. In addition we have four coxed four/quads, three coxless quad sculls/fours, six double sculls / pairs, eight single sculls and two training singles with floats. Club members meet to row on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. During the Summer months there are usually outings each evening from Monday to Thursday. The veterans squad meets on a Thursday morning and individual groups of members can arrange outings at other times. We also host regular events at the rowing club and are well known in the rowing community for our well run regatta event, welcoming vibe and incredible cakes!

Club Committee

ChairRuth Scott
SecretarySarah Lonbay
TreasurerVicky Fairholm
CaptainAlan Fairholm
Vice CaptainVacant
Acting Safety OfficerAlan Fairholm
Welfare OfficerSarah Ludbrook
Regatta SecretaryHelen Carr
Junior RepTBC
MembersPaul Freeman
Ellen Fenwick
Alizon Carr