Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) lives and breathes to race the Boat Races against our dark blue counterparts, OUWBC. To date, we have won forty two races to Oxford’s thirty.
Even beyond Cambridge years, CUWBC supports its athletes pursue their sport at elite level. Every Olympic Games since 1976 (the first year women’s races were allowed at the Olympic Regatta) has seen at least one CUWBC athlete competing. Most recently, Melissa Wilson (Blue Boat 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017) and Holly Hill (Blue Boat 2015, 2017) came fourth in a pair at the World Championships in Sarasota – a tremendous achievement for an all-Cambridge boat.
2015 was the first year the Women’s Boat Race was held on the same course (and the same day) as the men. Unlike any other rowing race, this is a 6.8km course winding along the Tideway – a stretch of the Thames in London. This makes it unique in every way. It attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators down to the banks on the day, with millions more watching on TV.
Although the Boat Races are the clear focus throughout the season, boats still race many other races, both on the Tideway and around the UK, in the run up to the big day. Throughout the summer, the squad also trains towards Henley Women’s and Henley Royal Regatta to fly the light blue colours there as well.