CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S BOAT CLUB

CUWBC was formed in 1941 following many years when Newnham College had been the only College to support women's rowing. In 1940 the students of Newnham were joined by athletes from Girton. CUWBC first competed as a club against their Oxford counterparts in the 1941 Women's Boat Race.



The club is now responsible for selecting and training the Blue Boat crew and the 2nd crew known as Blondie. In addition, we have a proud tradition of supporting elite athletes reach the very top of rowing. CUWBC has been represented at every Olympic Games since the introduction of Women’s races to the Olympic Regatta in 1976.

Robert Weber

CUWBC Chief Coach


Robert is a coach of multiple US Senior and Under 23 medal winning crews, joins Cambridge University from Hamilton College, New York, where he has been Head Rowing Coach and Associate Professor of Physical Education for the past four years.

Abigail Parker

CUWBC President


Abigail, who is studying for a PhD in Zoology learned to race at Winsor School, USA before moving to Harvard where she raced in the Varsity Eight during the regular season. She got into rowing after being born with two rowing coaches for parents.

CUWBC Squad

Emma Andrews

13/04/1998


Nationality British
Course Natural Sciences
College Pembroke

Fanny Belais

12/10/1995


Nationality Swiss/French
Course Medicine
College King's

Josh Blake

30/07/1997


Nationality British
Course MEng Computer Science
College Jesus

Catriona Bourne

30/07/1993


Nationality British
Course PGCE Secondary Music
College Magdalene
 

Sophie Compton

12/01/1997


Nationality British
Course Veterinary Medicine
College St Johns

Pippa Dakin

11/08/1998


Nationality British
Course Physical Natural Sciences
College Newnham

Sophie Deans

27/03/1996


Nationality New Zealand/Australian
Course MPhil in Management
College Murray Edwards

Becky Dell

08/02/1995


Nationality British
Course PhD at Scott Polar Research Institute
College Christ's
 

Anouschka Fenley

20/09/94


Nationality British
Course BA Law (Affiliated)
College Lucy Cavendish College

Laura Foster

29/03/1998


Nationality American
Course Archaeology PhD
College Queens'

Ida Gørtz Jacobsen

01/03/1995


Nationality Danish
Course MPhil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures
College Newnham

Lucy Harris

23/06/1993


Nationality British
Course PhD Civil Engineering
College Queens'
 

Anna Harrison

29/12/1990


Nationality British
Course Graduate Medicine MB BChir
College Wolfson

Kate Horvat

19/11/1995


Nationality American
Course MPhil in Planning, Growth & Regeneration
College Jesus

Charlotte Jackson

04/09/1993


Nationality British
Course PhD
College Jesus

Clare Jackson

30/01/2000


Nationality British
Course Psychological & Behavioural Sciences
College Murray Edwards
 

Katie Kirk

17/11/1996


Nationality British
Course Veterinary Medicine
College Churchill

Lily Lindsay

23/08/1996


Nationality American/British
Course MPhil Environmental Policy
College Pembroke

Jack Mason

14/10/1997


Nationality British
Course Historical Tripos
College Pembroke

Beverly McCann

20/03/1990


Nationality German/American
Course PhD in Biological Sciences
College Darwin
 

Sally O'Brien

02/02/1994


Nationality Irish
Course PhD Engineering - Infrastructure Interdependency Analysis
College Peterhouse

Adriana Perez Rotondo

29/11/1995


Nationality Spanish
Course PhD
College Newnham

Naomi Pygott

14/03/1997


Nationality British
Course Medicine
College Peterhouse

Larkin Sayre

26/10/1994


Nationality British/American
Course PhD in Materials Science
College Emmanuel
 

Kate Shipley

03/06/1994


Nationality British/New Zealand
Course MEng
College Wolfson

Patricia Smith

28/01/1994


Nationality British
Course PhD Material Sciences
College Christ’s

Pippa Whittaker

17/05/1991


Nationality British
Course Master of Finance, MFin
College Christ's
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 openweight 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.

CUWBC has a proven track record of producing athletes with the caliber to go on to represent Team GB.

CUWBC won the 2017 Women’s Boat Race beating Oxford by 11 lengths and setting a strong new course record of 18:34. The 2016 Women’s Boat Race provided a mixture of close racing and drama with the image of the Cambridge Women rowing through sinking conditions very quickly being shared around the world.
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.

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.

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.

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18.34

CUWBC won the 2017 Women’s Boat Race beating Oxford by 11 lengths and setting a new course record of 18:34.

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