CUWBC – A Centre of Excellence
Since foundation in 1941 Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) has become a world-class university boat club. The Club has a proud heritage of developing athletes from novice to elite and we have an impressive record of wins against Oxford.
Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) Unrestricted Fund
Every September over 60 women turn up at CUWBC to register to trial for the highest rowing honours in Cambridge. These young women follow in the footsteps of hundreds of others, with a desire to represent Cambridge in the historic Boat Races. CUWBC prepares three crews to compete against Oxford in the Boat Races: two Openweight Eights: The Blue Boat and Blondie our reserve crew, and a Lightweight Eight.
Blue Boat: Cambridge 41 wins v Oxford 30 wins
Blondie v Osiris: Cambridge 20 wins v Oxford 19 wins
Lightweights: Cambridge 18 wins v Oxford 16 wins
The Club needs further support to give the next generation of young women and men the experience of a lifetime and continue building on all the foundations of success put in place over the last 90 years!
Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) Capital Fund
CUWBC’s progress is down to every one of the students who have rowed and represented the Club (in our Blue Boat Blondie and Lightweight crews) and everyone else who has coached or helped us along the way.
Their determination to break down barriers and boundaries in the face of adversity paved the way for equality for today’s women at Cambridge. They have chosen to be part of an elite club at the forefront of women’s sporting performance, and although the kit and equipment might have changed, the spirit and drive has remained a force to be reckoned with. The crews that will line up at the Tideway and Henley in April follow in the footsteps of the pioneers of women’s sport.
CUWBC scholar athletes need a range of equipment to continue to win Boat Races. With access to stationary bikes, ergos, weights equipment, rowing boats and oars, our students develop their strength and fitness and learn the fine technical skills to become Boat Race winners.