The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race

The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race

This Saturday 7th March sees CUWBC race at  The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race.   This will be our last race before The Boat Race on Sunday 29th March,

The Women’s Eights Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held annually on the Tideway of the River Thames in London on the 4 ¹⁄₄-mile Championship Course from Mortlake to Putney.  In 2019 the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.  The race was founded in the 1930s with 5 crews participating.  It is now the largest women’s rowing race in the world with around 2,500 women racing and 278 crews taking part.

Our First Eight will be starting the race in No 2 position behind Leander Club A and ahead of Imperial College A.  The Second Eight will start in 8th position behind Edinburgh University Boat Club A and ahead of Leander Club B.

Chief Coach Robert Weber says

“We’re looking forward to the racing opportunity and to see what kind of improvements our crews have made. It’s our final real test before the Boat Race and we hope to come away with a clearer idea of what we’re doing well and what we need to work on during the final few weeks of preparation.  Our athletes are excited to race!”


Conditions look fast and crews will be looking to chase down the leading 10 crews.  The crews racing contain representatives from 16 different colleges. To find out more details about our squad go to our 2020 Squad Page.


First Eight  Crew 2 Second Eight  Crew 8
Abba Parker (Bow) Emmanuel Gloria Jansen (Bow) Lucy Cavendish
Sarah Portsmouth Newnham Anna Harrison Lucy Cavendish
Bronya Sykes Gonville & Caius Catherine King Gonville & Caius
Sophie Paine Wolfson Elena von Mueller Jesus
Anouschka Fenley Lucy Cavendish Adriana Perez Rotondo Newnham
Caoimhe Dempsey Newnham Rebecca Smith Newnham
Patricia Smith Christs Gemma King St John’s
Larkin Sayre Emmanuel Rebecca Dell Christs
Dylan Whitaker (Cox) King’s Angela Harper (Cox) Churchill


We are also really excited to announce our Development Eight which will also race this weekend.  This crew is made up student athletes who are part of the current team alongside those who are part of our Development Squad.  Assistant Coach, Katy Knowles has been working with the Development Squad and they will set off in 41st position behind Lea Rowing Club A and ahead of Nottingham University Boat Club A.


Development 8  Crew 41
Izzy Rhodes (Bow) Lucy Cavendish
Helen Chatterton  Darwin
Simone de Rijk Clare Hall
Emily McHarg Newnham
Olivia Alliott Jesus
Emma Pike Emmanuel
Georgie Archer Trinity
Joanne Mathews St Johns
Josh Kershaw (Cox) St Johns


Weekends on the Tideway would not be possible without our generous hosts Thames Rowing Club . We love having a ‘home away from home’ in Putney.



Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club and Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club are high performance student rowing clubs working together to support the sporting and academic ambitions of the team.  The squad of young women and men train together within a supportive and challenging environment overseen by Chief Coach Robert Weber. The dynamic and positive team culture has been built by the many women and men who have represented CUWBC and CULRC over the previous 90 years.


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