Rowing for Cambridge



CUWBC’s base is Goldie Boathouse where all ergo training, weights sessions and tank work is carried out every afternoon after lectures in the week.


Our coaching and administrative team have office space here with Club meetings held in the impressive Captain’s Room.


Located 10 mins walk from the centre of Cambridge it is easily accessible from any college in Cambridge.



On the water, CUWBC train in Ely where our impressive new boathouse is located.


The Squad get the 5:55am train from Cambridge to row before lectures three mornings in the week and also row here from 7:30am at the weekends.


Nick Brooking

Director of Sport

“As someone who is new to working at Cambridge I expected to meet some extraordinary people. What I hadn’t appreciated was just how many such people there are and this is exemplified at CUWBC. I have nothing but admiration for the students themselves as they commit to managing their time, physical and mental energy to put in the hours required to not only train and compete so intensely, but also to achieve their potential academically.


Working in sport we know that behind every good team is another team of, usually, less visible people. What I hadn’t realised initially was the breadth and depth of this team in CUWBC be they the professional staff or one of the many expert volunteers who all work to ensure the club flourishes and that the experience and support for the rowers is as good as it possibly can be.


I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to add my support to the whole team at CUWBC who work tirelessly to make the club a success.”


All openweight athletes trial for places in one of our two crews – the Blue Boat or our Reserve boat, Blondie.


Our Coaching Team make sure that every athlete has an individual training programme, with specific performance needs addressed. We deliver a high performance programme with focus on our small number of athletes: erg testing reduces the open-weight squad down to around 30 athletes at the beginning of term.


Openweights race at the British Championships, the Fullers Four’s Head in November, Trial VIII’s in December, Women’s Eights Head, BUCS Regatta, Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta.


With fixtures against other clubs and universities an important part to our Boat Races build up, athletes benefit  from a series of weekend visits to London to race.


During term-time, training sessions are scheduled so that they fit around the academic timetables of the squad.


Daphne Martschenko

Blue Boat 2015, 2016
Coming to Cambridge and racing the boat race is unlike any other experience. I spent for years rowing in the US Division I conference, but it did not come close to the millions of people lining the banks to watch Oxford and Cambridge duel in a ``winner takes all`` event. While I've lost two boat races, I've learned more from them than any other race in my life. I believe the opportunity to study and row at Cambridge offers the rare privilege of studying alongside rowing in a balanced way. I will forever be grateful to CUWBC's coaches for helping me to realise my potential as a scholar and an athlete and introducing me to this incredible institution``

Unique Event

The Lightweight Women’s Boat Race is a unique event, having been introduced alongside the first moves to bring lightweight women’s rowing to the World Championships. All crew members have to weigh less than 59kg so neither team has a weight advantage.

The CUWBC squad train together but we realize that those athletes who choose to row lightweight for the season need additional support to maximize performance whilst managing weight. You will be given an indiviualised training programme with nutritional support.

The Lightweight squad will race at British Championships, Fullers Four’s Head in November, Trial Races in December at Henley, Women’s Eights Head, BUCS, Henley Women’s Regatta and Henley Royal Regatta. Often our Lightweight members will race with Open-Weight squad members at these events.

Development Squad

Coached Ergo Sessions


During Michaelmas and Lent Terms, coached ergo sessions are run for college athletes who are considering rowing for CUWBC in the future. These sessions are a mixture of technical and distance work, designed to provide the knowledge to support rowers training with their college crews.


BUCS Regatta


The BUCS Regatta includes Beginners events for athletes who have been rowing since the start of the current academic year. In 2014, CUWBC entered the eights event for the first time and were convincingly the fastest crew, winning the Gold medal.


Henley Women’s Regatta


CUWBC will often field a Development crew in the at Henley Women’s Regatta at the end of June. The crew is selected from those signed up to the Summer Development squad and trains together after exams are finished and around college rowing commitments. While preparation time is limited compared to much of the opposition, competing at Henley is a great way to develop side-by-side racing experience.


Summer Squad


The main Summer Squad runs for 4 weeks after the end of Easter Term. It’s an intensive schedule, designed to get the most fitness and technical benefit out of the time available. The programme also involves competing at selected Regattas to gain racing experience.  Although intense, training will allow those who are PhD students, or who have academic/work experience placements and internships to participate without missing sessions.


Zara Goozee

Dev Squad 2015
Having rowed at college for a number of years I signed up to the CUW Development Squad to get an idea of what the step up to University training would be like. Getting a chance to try out the training schedule in the summer (when it’s warm and sunny!) alongside other college rowers with a range of experience was invaluable and helped make the transition a lot easier. It was also a great chance to meet and get to know previous traillists and ask them about their experiences. A massive highlight for me was representing CUW at Molesey and Kingston regattas, and getting a chance to race side-by-side as it’s such a rarity on the Cam! If you are thinking of trialling, are undecided or are simply curious what it’s like to be a University rower, Development Squad is the best way of finding out whilst enjoying Cambridge in the summer!

Do you want to join our development squad?

International Pathway

Do you aspire to represent your country? Then we are the club for you.


CUWBC has a proven track record of producing athletes with the caliber to go on to represent Team GB (not just in rowing!) Our coaching team has experience with working with athletes who wish to represent their country and will work with you to help achieve this.


Young women arrive at CUWBC with various levels of physical and mental performance. We know how to help you set goals, build mental resilience and develop physically. Most importantly our coaches ensure that whatever programme you are following, your academic studies do not suffer. We know the value of being a scholar athlete and want to facilitate your performance on and off the water.


Athletes wishing to trial for a National Team will be prepared alongside the Boat Races Programme and will attend National Selection races and camps to fulfil requirements.

Contact our Chief Coach – Rob Baker for more information.