Benedict Tufnell

World Class Indoor Rowing Tank Opened in Cambridge UK

by Benedict Tufnell

Two years after the project’s conception, Downing College Boat Club based on the banks of the River Cam in Cambridge, UK has recently opened East Anglia’s first indoor rowing tank – one of only a handful in the UK.

Funded entirely through philanthropic donations, the tank boasts the latest video technology including eight video cameras and two 65″ HD screens on which the rowers can watch live video analysis of their rowing. The tank itself, which can accommodate eight rowers either sculling or sweeping in a line, holds 20 tonnes of water in it’s two 50 foot pools.

Instant video feedback via HD screens

‘The tank will be truly transformational for rowing in Cambridge’ says Downing College Director of Rowing, Ian Watson. ‘It will go a long way to making rowers technically more proficient and consequently faster. Developing rowing technique in a controlled, safe, environment is a brilliant opportunity for beginners and experienced rowers alike.’

While the official opening ceremony will be held on 21st April 2018, the tank is already open to all rowing clubs and schools in the Cambridge area which has nearly 60 rowing clubs between the 38 colleges and 19 town and school clubs. All users are being offered a free first session.

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