At Cantabs, masters age rowers are encouraged to join whichever squad they feel suits them best in terms of the time they have to train and their training aims.

Masters Women

On the women’s side, there are no masters-only squads, but within adult squads athletes range in age between 18 and 70. Where there are races with masters categories, or races such as Vets Head, crews are then formed either within or across the squads, depending on numbers.

In recent years, Cantabs women’s crews have won events at the British Rowing Masters ChampionshipsVet Fours Head of the River and Pairs Head, as well as performing well at Vets Head and Henley Masters, and in masters categories at open regattas.

To find out more about the different women’s squads at Cantabs, click here.

Masters Men

As with the women’s squads, masters age men can be found across all of the different men’s squads and crews at Cantabs. We also have a Masters Performance Squad, known affectionately as the Aquaphobes, who train with an aim of targeting major masters races such as British Masters and Vets Head.

The Aquaphobes were initially formed in 2010 when a water polo team wanted to try Town Bumps (hence the name!), and now race regularly on the Cam and target several off-Cam events including British Rowing Masters Championships and Vets Head. They train at least twice a week on the water, and at least once a week on land, in a mixture of boat types. The squad currently has around 16 members, and invite rowers and coxes of all ages, abilities and experience to get in touch with either Neil Sparnon or Lucio Cicolecchia if they are interested in finding out more.

“Dad’s army” take to the water for Cambridge Christmas Head

As well as the Masters Performance Squad, we have a thriving casual and social rowing scene for masters rowers at the club. These squads and crews train anything from once per week to 5 times per week, and welcome new members throughout the year. If you are interested in one of these squads, please contact our men’s captain to find out more.

If you are of masters age but are able to train and compete at a high level, please read more about our Senior Men’s Squad.

Learn to row

If you are of masters age (27+) and would like to learn to row, see the Learn to Row page for details.