Chris Lloyd

Chris and Debbie christening a boat in 1999 – the 21st anniversary of the Free Press Boat Club

Many members of Cantabs have been saddened to hear of the recent death of Chris Lloyd, a well-known figure in Cambridge rowing over many decades. Chris, with his wife Debbie, set up the Free Press Boat Club, now the X-Press Boat Club, in 1978 from their public house of the same name. He rowed for many years for X-Press and then the Cambridge Veterans, and raced at many international events, making new friends wherever he went. 

Chris (left) with rowers from Cantabs and Rome, Italy 2016

Chris was actively involved with the CRA and also had a close relationship with CUWBC where he coached in the 1980s and ’90s a number of College Clubs, particularly with Churchill where he was assistant boatman for many years and. He was a Vice President of the CRA.

Chris will be sadly missed by so many of us.

Chris’ funeral will take place in the afternoon of Friday 31st May: details are the “Cantabs RC – Members” Facebook group. If you are not a member of the Facebook group but would like details, please email for information.

Debbie and Chris, Italy, 2016