CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOAT CLUB

Formed in 1828 CUBC is responsible for selecting and training the Cambridge & Goldie crews.


Both Cambridge and Oxford are collegiate universities, made up of numerous individual colleges many with their own boat clubs; CUBC trialists are chosen from the college clubs in order to create the best University crew.

The CUBC is based at the Goldie Boathouse on the River Cam in Cambridge but also practise on the Great River Ouse in Ely. The boathouse and reserve boat are named after John Goldie, legendary 1870s Blue. The Cambridge Blue Boat wear light blue, thought to be a result of their early association with Eton College, though the actual reasons are still the subject of much debate. In the first Boat Race in 1829 Cambridge wore a pink sash.

Rob Baker

CUBC Chief Coach


Prior to Rob's appointment with the CUBC, Rob was Chief Coach for CUWBC with stunning victories in 2017 & 2018. Prior to this he worked as the Lead Under-23 National Coach for Rowing Ireland and as Assistant Coach at the Cambridge University Boat Club, coaching two successful in 2006 & 2007.

Dara Alizadeh

CUBC President


Dara is in his second year at Hughes Hal where he is studying Education, Policy and International Development. He was in the 4 seat of the victorious 2018 Blue Boat. Before Cambridge, Dara rowed for Penn University and spent the 2017 season coaching at Winchester College in the UK. He was Junior Varsity Wrestling 189lb New England Champion in 2009.

CUBC Squad

Harry Baxter

09/10/1992


Nationality Australian
Course MPhil Bioscience Enterprise
College Hughes Hall

Dave Bell

31/05/1987


Nationality British
Course PhD Education
College Homerton

Grant Bitler

10/03/1996


Nationality American
Course MPhil in Real Estate Finance
College Hughes Hall

James Cracknell

05/05/1972


Nationality British
Course MPhil Human Evolution
College Peterhouse
 

Freddie Davidson

26/05/1998


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Emmanuel

Hugo Durward

13/05/1999


Nationality British
Course Economics
College Sidney Sussex

Ben Dyer

09/11/1992


Nationality British
Course PhD Engineering
College Gonville & Caius

Rob Harris

17/12/1998


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Pembroke
 

Matthew Holland

12/03/1998


Nationality British
Course Natural Sciences
College Gonville & Caius

Sam Hookway

27/01/1991


Nationality Australian
Course MPhil in Medical Science (Surgery)
College Peterhouse

Phil Horton

18/01/1997


Nationality British
Course MEng Chemical Engineering
College Girton

Gerard Kuenning

10/07/1998


Nationality American
Course PhD Land Economy
College Queens'
 

Callum MacRae

18/04/1999


Nationality Irish/British
Course History & Modern Languages
College Gonville & Caius

Charlie Marcus

21/12/1999


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Trinity

Reggie Mitchell

03/09/1998


Nationality British
Course Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic
College Trinity

Joe Nash

19/01/2001


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Gonville & Caius
 

Tim Nugent

06/02/1996


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Jesus

Jonty Page

02/07/1998


Nationality British
Course MEng Engineering
College Pembroke

Matt Parry

11/01/1999


Nationality British
Course Modern & Medieval Languages (German & Russian)
College St John's

Peter Robinson

22/02/1998


Nationality British
Course MEng Engineering
College Trinity
 

Harry Sivills

15/12/1998


Nationality British
Course Economics
College Robinson

Hugh Spaughton

21/01/1999


Nationality British/Japanese
Course Natural Sciences
College Jesus

Tom Studwick

02/07/1998


Nationality British
Course BA Computer Science
College Christ’s

Callum Sullivan

02/05/1999


Nationality British
Course Music
College Downing
 

Zenas Veldhoven

28/02/1991


Nationality Belgian
Course PhD in Engineering
College Wolfson

Nathan Wegrzycki-Szymczyk

05/01/1995


Nationality Polish
Course MPhil in Management
College Peterhouse

Theo Weinberger

14/07/1998


Nationality British
Course Natural Sciences
College St John's
From Tuesday to Friday, rowers and coxswains meet at Goldie Boathouse at 6:30 AM for land-training. These sessions will either take place on the ergos or in the weights room. At 9:00 they return home to eat, work and attend lectures, labs and supervisions. By 1:30 PM they arrive back at Goldie for the drive to Ely (which takes approximately half an hour) for the afternoon water training session, returning around 5:30.

On Fridays, an ergo or weights sessions takes the place of the trip to Ely. On weekends, the squad arrives at Goldie at 7:30 AM. They then travel to Ely for two water training sessions with a short break in between, returning to Cambridge by 2:30 PM.

Trials for the CUBC University crews begin at the beginning of September, usually well before the start of the academic term. The full University Boat Race programme lasts for seven months, culminating in the race itself. We often attend Great Britain winter trials as part of our programme as, after the University Boat Race, we are fully involved with national and international representative rowing.

In October, we have recently attended the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA, USA. In November we race at the Fours Head of the River which is held on the same stretch of the River Thames in London as the Boat Race itself, although with the course running in the opposite direction. This is an important Boat Race event, as it is the only time except for the race itself that we compete directly against Oxford. In December, the first term concludes with the Trial VIIIs Race where two equally matched Cambridge crews full of ‘Blue Boat’ hopefuls race each other over the full Boat Race course.
Cambridge challenged Oxford to the first boat race in 1829. First raced at Henley-on-Thames, with the exception of war time years, it has been raced annually on the London tideway since 1856. Our commitment to developing technical skill, excellent fitness, and high morale are a testament to the club’s 187-year old goal to beat Oxford. Cambridge currently lead Oxford with 82 to 79 wins.

CUBC has produced numerous Olympic-level rowers in its history. During the Boat Race period both the Blue Boat and Goldie crews boat from King's College School's Boat House on the Putney embankment.

Studying at Cambridge provides the opportunity to combine the academic programme of a world class university with rowing at the highest level. The history of our university and The Boat Race are both second to none.

The CUBC squad has the difficult task of balancing their academic and athletic commitments. No exceptions are made for rowers at Cambridge University with respect to their workload and required attendances at lectures, labs and supervisions. Despite this, the CUBC’s athletes achieve score more highly than the University average. The President’s Prize for Academic Excellence is awarded annually and is hotly contested.
Outside the organised training times the CUBC’s world-class coaches are often available for one-to-one technical sessions on the ergos, Row Perfects or in the mirrored rowing tank at Goldie. Video feedback and analysis sessions also occur regularly after or before training sessions. The Boat Race itself is a unique and momentous occasion. Cambridge have trained hard with equal resources available to both Clubs and of course generous support from the sponsors of the Boat Race. This means that the best equipment and world-class quality coaching is provided, as well as comprehensive support including physiotherapy and access to top level sports science resources (bio-mechanics, physiological and psychological testing and nutrition).

DID YOU KNOW?

82

CUBC currently lead OUBC in the series by 82 races to 80,
with 1 dead heat in
The Boat Race 1877.

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