Senior Women

“We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle

The AKRC Women’s squad has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and is now established as one of the most competitive Tideway clubs for women’s rowing.

During the 2015/16 head season the 1st VIII took IM3 category wins at Quintin Head, Hammersmith Head and Reading University Head, culminating in a 46th overall position at the Women’s Head of the River. The 2nd VIII provided stern competition all season long and produced a fantastic 80th position at WEHoRR – the first time AK had placed 2 crews inside the top 100.

Regatta season saw the squad enter a selection of events and boat combinations – highlights including wins at the Bedford Amateur Regatta, and 3rd place finishes in IM2 finals at both Wallingford and Metropolitan Regatta’s. At Henley the squad qualified in Club Eights, before bowing out to the eventual winners in the knock-out stages.

The progress of the Women’s squad was rewarded by the club with the delivery of two brand-new Hudson Eights, which now take pride of place in the AK boathouse.

The 2016/17 season will see the squad pushing on further and consistently competing for honours at all Intermediate levels at the major Head and Regatta races. We will be actively looking for experienced rowers to join us in pursuit of these goals.

The Women’s Senior Squad train 6 days a week from September through to June, with additional water sessions added to the schedule in the lead up to major races. The typical breakdown of training is as follows:

 Morning 1Morning 2Evening
MondayCircuit Training
TuesdayErgo Session
WednesdayWeight Training
ThursdayErgo Session

Crew selection is based on ergo test scores, on-water performance, and the coaching team’s assessment of the fastest boat combinations and a rower’s commitment to training.

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of joining the Senior Women’s Squad please contact the Women’s Captain.

Friendly, competitive rowing club on the Thames Tideway