Open Weight Women




All openweight athletes trial for places in one of two crews for the Boat Races

  • Blue Boat or
  • Reserve Boat, Blondie


Our Coaching Team welcome nearly 40 women at the start of each season who want to be considered for one of the openweight places in the two final crews.

Competition is fierce but it is also fun, we are proud of the welcoming, supportive high performance environment.  Our Coaching and Support team ensures 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 by end of October.

The Boat Race is our clear focus, but it is not the only event the crews will race at.  We race at the British Championships, the Fullers Four’s Head in November, 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.

Find out why Olympians will say the Boat Race was the turning point in their career.

The Boat Race – Cambridge University Training and Portraits

Pippa Whittaker

Blue Boat 2019