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Rowing with Norwich RC

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Open Rowing

The Open squad consists of three levels of Open rowing. Novice, Intermediate and Senior. The squad caters for adults from age 18 to mid-thirties looking to compete at National level open events over both sprint distance of 2km as well as Head racing.

​We welcome athletes new to rowing, who have graduated from our Learn to Row programs, rowers moving to Norwich, or returning to rowing from a period away.

The Senior level athletes within this squad have been very successful competing at National Championship level and qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta and Henley Women’s Regatta. Recent HRR crews have raced in 8’s, 4x’s, 4-‘s, 2x’s and 1x’s. Squad members have also recently rowed for GB, England, and Eastern Region in various boat classes. Squad selection requires training sessions 3-4 time per week for the Novice group through to 7 plus times per week for the Seniors



Novice:  Nick Francis

Intermediate:  Calum Page

Senior:  Richard Hoare

Junior Rowing

The Junior squad (aged between 14-18 years old) is an excellent way to learn to row and is very successful. With the help of coaches and parents, the squad trains regularly during the week and at weekends to achieve a level to win at local regattas, Heads and National Championships. Recently members of the Junior squad have won at national level with some going on to represent the Eastern Region, England and GB.

The Junior Squad is run under strict compliance with all safeguarding rules and regulations and only coached by those who hold advanced DBS certificates, 

Coordinator:  Jeni Barnacle

Coach:  Nigel Kippin


Senior Masters

Masters rowing (ages 27-80+) is growing very fast in popularity and forms the largest group in the club. The Masters squads cover the full range of skills (novice to elite), commitment and fitness level.

The Senior Masters Squad is made up with Master rowers that have raced and won at Senior level or show the skill and commitment to want to win at a high level. Rowers mainly train in sculling boats as a squad and later in the season break down into selected crews.  Men's, women's and mixed crews race throughout the season in the full range of boats from 1x's to 8+'s


NRC has been extremely successful over recent years and have regularly won at Henley Masters, National and the FISA World Masters Regatta. Some members also enjoy social rowing and all use the gym equipment to stay fit.

Squad Representative, Senior Masters: Mike Bond

Masters Squad - Men & Women

For over 15 years the Masters squad has been the largest group in the club. The men and women rowers (27-80+) span the full range of abilities (novice to elite), skills and commitment levels.

They love rowing, feeling fitter, enjoying the river and regularly meeting other rowers. Some have come up through Norwich Rowing Club's 'Learn To Row' scheme. Others have returned to rowing often after a break of many years.

The Masters' crews regularly win regattas and Head races including our own Norfolk Sculls, Carrow Cup and the Norwich Head of the river. Almost every year NRC sends crews to Amsterdam and Rouen.

Squad Representatives

Men: Ian Williams, Women: Katherine Trehane


Masters Novice & Development

The Masters Novice / Development Squad has been set up to create a pathway from Learn to Row graduation through to being an experienced enough rower to move into the Men’s or Women’s Masters Squads. The training will focus on skills development and rowing (both sweep and sculling) basics to set up the squad members for what is hopefully a long term competitive rowing career. Training will involve 2 – 3 sessions per week on the water and / or land training during the winter

Masters Rowers new to the club or returning to rowing after an extended absence may also be catered for within this group.

Coach: TBC

Squad Representative, TBC

Masters Novice & Development

Norwich Rowing Club offers everyone (14-80+) a fantastic experience learning to row and scull.


Learn To Row (L2R) courses are regularly held throughout the year. Whatever your ability or age you will enjoy the fun, fitness and new friends. You receive friendly instruction from our experienced coaches and use our Explore boats which are specially designed for beginners and social rowing.  After completing the course, you will graduate to the Vets Development squad or the Open Novice Squad.

Throughout the club, whether you are able bodied or disabled, you will be very welcome. The atmosphere encourages training, teamwork and the will to achieve your own personal targets in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Rowing is a great sport for both individuals and the family to enjoy. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing at the club.

Check out this website for news of our next L2R course and/or email us here to express your interest.

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