Top 5 Funny Rowing Crew Names

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Sometimes we get laugh out loud moments from Rowing Crew names.  When doing regatta entries and you are not yet sure who will be in the crew – a placeholder will suffice.  I have seen the names A. Puddle or N.O. Puddle put in.

Here are our top 5 crews whose surnames hit the mark.

1. Caffeine addicts

Coffey Staines  – The USA pair from 1976 Olympics Calvin Coffey and Michael Staines.

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USA Olympic Pair 1976

2.  A curious Scotsman

Strange Haining – possibly the clue was in the name when Nick Strange and Peter Haining got together in the British Lightweight Pair in 2001

3.  Generous drinking buddies

Free Ginn – two lads from Australia who surely you’d want to go on a pub crawl with.  Duncan Free and Drew Ginn.

Free Ginn Rowers
Duncan Free and Drew Ginn PhotoCredit: Mercantile RC

4.  The steersman you knew you wanted

From Pembroke College Boat Club – where I learned my craft under Kevin Bowles.  There were photos of crews from 1970s including the coxswain named A. Cox.  Surely the coach announced the selections

This seat has your name written on it

5. When you’re just starting out in the sport

A true story from Duncan Holland.  When coaching at CUBC, these two were part of the squad…. briefly.  Rowe Baddeley – he put them into a pair just so he could say their names out loud.


Now add your own crew names in the comments.

14 thoughts on “Top 5 Funny Rowing Crew Names

  1. Ian White says:

    Caused some amusement at a regatta in Scotland last year when two teenage girls turned up from two different clubs with EXACTLY the same name!

  2. TIM WINGFIELD says:

    One of my rowing pals is Scull, I’m Wingfield, we raced in a double (“Wingfield Scull”) but sadly not on the Tideway!

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