New President & Committee Members
1st October 2016

Following the 2016 AGM held on Saturday 1st October we are delighted to announce the election of Jimmy Pigden as President of Auriol Kensington Rowing Club. Jimmy has been a long time servant of the club and we wish him every success in his new role. Our thanks go to outgoing President, Phil Taylor, for his significant contributions to the club during his two year tenure.

Other new appointments to the 2016/17 committee include Angela Hitchens (Captain), Kate Pankhurst (Honorary Secretary), Jocelyn Tillner (Membership Secretary), Raphaël Ricklin (House Steward), Joanna Innes-Hopkins (Vice Captain), Mark Mearing-Smith (Vice Captain) and Aoife Murphy (Vice Captain). A full list of committee members can be found here.

AKRC are Recruiting!
26th August 2016

To build on a successful 2015/16 season the club is looking to recruit an Assistant Coach to join our team and help push the squad on to even greater heights.

Coach talking to crew

Full details relating to this exciting vacancy along with details of how to apply can be found on the British Rowing Jobs site here.

Learn to Row
22nd August 2016

The club is very pleased to announce the running of a new Learn to Row course, starting on Wednesday 21st September. The course will run for 6 weeks, with two sessions per week, most of which will take place out on the water.

Given the excitement generated by the Olympic Regatta in Rio we are expecting this course to be very popular. Places are always given on a first come, first served, basis so if you’re interested get your application in as quickly as possible.

Full details of our courses along with the necessary contact information can be found here.

Peterborough Summer Regatta
13th-14th August 2016

The final act of the 2015/16 season came to a close this weekend at the ever popular Peterborough Summer Regatta. As usual the club entered a number of different boat combinations into the event for a last chance to win some silverware before the dust settles on a successful season.

The highlight of the weekend was victory for the W.NOV.4+ of Anna Saville, Kirsty Page, Laura Barnard, Anne Schieck and Andy James (cox) – a fantastic result which ensures they enter the 2016/17 season with their novice status a distant memory.


Also victorious was the IM2.2- of Mark Mearing-Smith and Marc Cox on the Saturday, and who very nearly doubled up the following day – missing out on another pot by a canvas. A number of other boats made finals, while all participating gave a thoroughly good account of themselves over the course of long, but very enjoyable weekend of racing.

AK Taster Day
9th August 2016

Given the likely surge in interest for our wonderful sport brought about by the Olympic regatta taking place in Rio, we are delighted to announce that the club will host a series of taster sessions over the weekend of 20th/21st August.

For more information regarding these sessions please refer to the poster below (click to enlarge).

Taster Day

Please contact our Learn to Row Coordinator for any additional information or to book your place on one of the sessions.

St Neots Regatta
23rd July 2016

The summer pot hunt got into full swing today at St Neots Regatta. The W.NOV4+ of Tamara Zwaagstra, Sophie Walters, Alex Cook and Louise Foster, coxed by Aoife Murphy, came through two heats before dismantling Northampton RC by 5 lengths in the final – they take away some shiny trophies and leave behind their novice status.


Also victorious was the IM3.2- of Marx Cox and John Millington who had a straight final against Lea RC and won by 4 clear lengths.

A semi-final for the W.NOV.8+ and W.IM3.4+ rounded out a productive day for the club.

Learn to Row
15th July 2016

The club is running a new Learn to Row course, starting next week (Wednesday 20th July), and with a handful of places still available. The course will run for a little over 6 weeks, comprising of 13 sessions, most of which will be on the water.

The Summer months are absolutely the best time to be learning to row so if you are interested get in touch. Full details of our courses along with the necessary contact information can be found here.

Kingston Regatta
9th July 2016

Congratulations to Ben Hand, Matt Hargraves, Juan Aponte Dubois, Christopher Thepot and Yevgen Fesenko (cox), who powered their NOV.4+ to crushing victories over Cygnet RC and Vesta RC to win their category at Kingston Regatta.


Novices no more!

Henley Royal Regatta
29th June 2016

The draw for the 1st Round of the Thames Challenge Cup brought the AKRC M8+ up against N.S.R. Oslo – a Norwegian crew containing a number of U23 international rowers. This was always going to be a tough race, and while the Eight gave everything from the first stroke to the last, they eventually finished 3.5 lengths down.


It should also be noted that N.S.R. Oslo went all the way to the final, finishing runners-up to Molesey.

A replay of the race can be viewed here.

Henley Royal Regatta (Qualifiers)
24th June 2016

Following a tremendous row in this afternoon’s qualifier the Men’s Eight has become the first Auriol Kensington squad boat to qualify for the Thames Challenge Cup in over 10 years! Their opponents for the 1st Round (on Wednesday 29th June) will be announced shortly .

Henley Women’s Regatta
19th June 2016

The club entered Henley Women’s with 3 boats (a W8+ and two W4+). Unfortunately both the Fours narrowly missed out on qualification for the knock-out stages of the regatta.

The Eight qualified with the 6th fastest time, but received the toughest possible 1st Round draw against Tideway Scullers (who were by some distance the fastest qualifiers). Despite a really gutsy row they finished 2.5 lengths down to the eventual winners of the event.

While hugely disappointed at the time, the crew can take solace in the knowledge that this was the narrowest verdict that Scullers had throughout the regatta.

Friendly, competitive rowing club on the Thames Tideway