Derby Rowing Club was founded by a few friends who wanted to row. They worked for the train network and met in a pub by St. Mary’s bridge each week before deciding that they wanted to start rowing. Initially, they rented some land by the river from the rail company and made a small boathouse (which was called the shed). Over time expansion was needed and one cold winter when the river froze, the clubhouse was moved across to the other side of the river, where it is located today. Throughout the years, many improvements have been made, the latest of which is the addition of an extension which is now our erg room and many boats have been added to our fleet. Our members have competed at the highest levels with members racing in the Boat Race, World Championships and at Henley Royal Regatta.
Derby Rowing Club is governed by a committee which is made up of our members. The Committee shall conduct the affairs of the Club as a whole and shall consist of a President, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, up to 3 Vice Captains, Welfare Officer, Club Rowing Safety Advisor, Bar Manager, House Manager and other Officers as deemed necessary, together with four ordinary members.
The 21/22 committee consists of:
President – Matt Ley
Captain – Martha Nutkins
Vice Captain – Sarah Rouke
Treasurer – Mick Guest
Secretary – David O’Sullivan
Membership Secretary – Neil Shorrock
Cellar Manager – Kate Olechniewicz
House Manager – Tom Holmes & Stefano Sigorini
University President – Elliot Mcfarlane
Welfare Officer – Chloe Garnham
Club Rowing Safety Advisor – Josh Rhodes Hook
Ordinary Member – Emily Carr, Phil Naylor, Eliza Patrascu & Oliver Bingham
Trustee – Dan Smith, Russell Gourlay & Ceri Heldreich
Our boathouse includes a dedicated training room for our suite of Concept2 dynamic and static ergometers and a WattBike, perfect for anyone to use and train with. We also have a weights area inside our boathouse which has all the weights that you need to train effectively and gain that strength and endurance. Furthermore, we also have a fleet of boats with a mixture of recreational boats and racing boats, which the appropriate squads can use as needed.
DRC is comprised of four core squads; men’s, women’s, junior’s and masters.
All squads are comprised of active members who train regularly and go away to race for the club at various events whether that be Henley Royal Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta or some smaller provincial regattas such as Peterborough Summer Regatta (an extremely popular one amongst ourselves).
Our squads also cater for members who are perfectly happy to come down to the club on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to go and have a paddle with their friends. We are perfectly happy to help people find the most appropriate squad and our team of coaches have many years of experience when advising on this.
The current squad structure is as follows –
Captain: Martha Nutkins
Vice Captain: Sarah Rouke
Mens Squad Coaches: Mick Ruane & David O’Sullivan
Womens Squad Coach: Alan Creswell
Junior Squad Coaches: Josh Rhodes Hook
Masters Squad: Neil Shorrock
Other coaches/volunteers include James Walker (Performance Sweep), Oliver Bingham (University), Brian Pollicott (Junior), John Steer (Junior) & Paul Taylor (Junior).