Cantabrigian Rowing Club was originally founded in 1950 as the “Old Cantabrigian Rowing Club” for old boys of the Cambridgeshire High School, although current pupils of the school soon started to row too. The High School was replaced by Hills Road Sixth Form College, a public sector co-educational sixth form college in 1974, but the relationship between school/college and club remains strong. The club runs Learn to Row courses specifically for Hills Road students, and more experiened rowers can join rowing sessions on Wednesday afternoons.
Hills Girls rowers take part in Schools Head each spring, which is raced on the same course used for the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races, and some of them also race in the National Schools Regatta later in the Summer. Many of them also row with Cantabs, or with other local clubs, and they have the option of racing in local events as Hills Road or with their other club.
Posy photos, aggressive calls and questionable technique are key parts of the Hills Road rowing squad, although we do redeem ourselves by being able to sit the boat hands-away longer than any other boat on the river.
We are inclusive of a wide range of abilities and everyone races in CRA Bumps in July. However, we also send competitive crews to national races including Schools’ Head, Scullery, Nat Schools, and Marlow.
In 2019 the 1st 8+ won bronze at the British Rowing Junior Championships, the day after racing as M2 in Cambridge Town Bumps, where they finished the week as the highest-ranked M2, in the highest position ever occupied by a Cantabs M2.