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.

Our Committee

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).