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.

Steve Trapmore MBE

CUBC Chief Coach


Now in his 7th season as Chief Coach Steve has created a highly effective Boat Race programme utilising the latest equipment, technology and training methodology to supplement his experience as an Olympic gold medallist in 2000.

Hugo Ramambason

CUBC President


Hugo who is in his fourth year studying chemical engineering at Trinity College coxed the Goldie crews in 2015 and 2016 before taking the seat for the Boat Race in 2017.

CUBC Squad

Dara Alizadeh

27/08/1993


Nationality Bermudian/British/
American/Iranian
Course Education, Policy, and International Development
College Hughes Hall

David Bell

31/05/1987


Nationality British
Course Mathematics Education MPhil
College Homerton

Ricardo Conci

28/11/1996


Nationality Italian
Course Medicine
College Clare

Freddie Davidson

26/05/1998


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Emannuel
 

Harry Ellison-Wright

15/09/1998


Nationality British
Course Mathematics
College Clare

Patrick Elwood

05/08/1994


Nationality British
Course PhD Astrophysics
College Magdalene

Charles Fisher

30/11/1994


Nationality British
Course MPhil World History
College St John's

Spencer Furey

06/02/1994


Nationality American
Course American History
College Jesus
 

Robert Harris

17/12/1998


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Pembroke

Akil Hashmi

19/08/1997


Nationality British
Course MEng Engineering
College Robinson

James Henderson

26/07/1996


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Clare

Robert Hurn

26/01/1995


Nationality British
Course MPhil Nuclear Energy
College St Edmunds
 

Piers Kasas

29/08/1996


Nationality British
Course Chemical Engineering
College Trinity

Gerard Kuenning

10/17/1992


Nationality American
Course MPhil Planning, Growth and Regeneration
College Queens' College

Pieter Lammers

14/03/1995


Nationality Dutch
Course PhD in Mathematics
College Queens' College

James Letten

14/04/1993


Nationality American
Course Affiliated Hons Classics
College The Hughes Hall
 

John McCarthy

26/09/1988


Nationality American
Course PhD in Engineering
College Fitzwilliam

Finn Meeks

20/01/1995


Nationality American
Course MPhil in Management
College Hughes Hall

Reginald Mitchell

03/09/1998


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

Timothy Nugent

06/02/1996


Nationality British
Course Engineering
College Jesus
 

Jonty Page

02/07/1998


Nationality British
Course MEng Engineering
College Pembroke

Hugo Ramambason

07/08/1996


Nationality French/British
Course Chemical Engineering
College Trinity

Peter Rees

21/02/1995


Nationality British
Course PhD History and Philosophy of Science
College Clare

Sam Ringer

21/09/1995


Nationality British
Course Chemical Engineering
College Pembroke College
 

Hugh Spaughton

21/01/1999


Nationality British/Japanese
Course Natural Sciences
College Jesus

Thomas Strudwick

02/07/1998


Nationality British
Course BA Computer Science
College Christs's

Callum Sullivan

02/05/1999


Nationality British
Course Music
College Downing College

Joep Ten Wolde

20/12/1995


Nationality Dutch
Course PhD in Mathematics
College Gonville & Caius
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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