President’s Welcome

CUWBC President ’20 Larkin Sayre

Emmanuel College

 It is an honour to be representing Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club as President this year.  I rowed in the 2018 Blondie and 2019 Blue Boat crews and was previously a 4-year varsity rower at MIT. I studied Mechanical Engineering for my undergraduate degree and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Materials Science, designing new solar cells for space applications. I started rowing in my first year of university and I’ve loved it ever since.

As a team we enjoy land training in the historic Goldie Boathouse on the banks of the River Cam.  Whilst rowing from our Boathouse which was purpose-built for Cambridge University crews to undertake their water training in the nearby city of Ely.
Since the 2019 Boat Race season, CUWBC has joined and trains with Cambridge University Lightweight men’s team and has benefited hugely from collaboration with them.
Our squad is tight-knit and supportive of each other. We foster a fun and welcoming atmosphere to ease the pressures of racing and the very public nature of the Boat Race. We have a lot of laughs and try not to take ourselves too seriously!
On a personal level, CUWBC has been pivotal in my growth as a rower and as a person. Being able to row and study at such high levels is incredible. My days are busy but I love my research and I genuinely enjoy every rowing session (maybe not the 5am alarms, but they do get easier over time!).
The athletes and leadership of CUWBC continue to advocate for equality for women’s sport. With the openweight women’s move to the same race venue and day as the openweight men in 2015, a huge step was taken. We want to continue these steps and keep improving access to sport for all.
This year we look towards the 2020 Boat Races and what will be the 75th Women’s Boat Race. It’s an exciting time to be a part of CUWBC.

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Academic Awards

Larkin Sayre (Emmanuel College) took a break from summer training and travelled to Sheffield to take part in the 2019 UK Semiconductors Conference at Sheffield Hallam University. While there, she won the Institute of Physics Research Communication Competition

Blondie 2018

Larkin was part of our victorious Reserve crew, known as Blondie in 2018

10 Minute Shake Up

CUWBC President, Larkin Sayre and 6 members of the team were delighted to join Public Health England and Disney UK to inspire kids in Cambridge to get moving with new Change4Life Disney themed activities.

Year Round Racing

Larkin and team mates, Adriana, Kate and Lily winning Gold medals at BUCS.