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.

Rob Baker

CUWBC Chief Coach

Prior to Rob's appointment with the CUWBC, 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.

Daphne Martschenko

CUWBC President

Daphne, a member of Magdalene College is studying for a PhD in Education and was in the 2015 and 2016 CUWBC Blue Boat. She learned to row at Oakton High School in the USA before moving to Stanford University. She has represented the USA twice at the World Rowing U23 Championships.


Emma Andrews


Nationality British
Course Natural Sciences
College Pembroke

Kelsey Barolak


Nationality American
Course MPhil in Psychology and Education
College Homerton

Anne Beenken


Nationality German
Course MPhil Medical Sciences
College Peterhouse

Catriona Bourne


Nationality British
Course MPhil in Arts, Creativity and Education
College Magdalene

Sarah Carlotti


Nationality British
Course Modern and Medieval Languages
College Churchill

Olivia Coffey


Nationality American
Course Master of Business Administration
College Homerton

Philippa Dakin


Nationality British
Course Physical Natural Sciences
College Newnham

Laura Foster


Nationality American
Course MPhil in Medieval Archaeology
College Queens' College

Myriam Goudet-Boukhatmi


Nationality French
Course PhD in Plant Sciences
College Lucy Cavendish

Imogen Grant


Nationality British
Course Medicine
College Trinity

Olivia Jamrog


Nationality American
Course Law
College Lucy Cavendish College

Daphne Martschenko


Nationality American
Course PhD Education
College Magdalene

Abigail Parker


Nationality American
Course PhD in Zoology
College Emmanuel

Amelia Perrin


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

Lucy Pike


Nationality British
Course Veterinary Medicine
College Trinity Hall

Larkin Sayre


Nationality American/British
Course MPhil Energy Technologies
College Wolfson

Sophie Shapter


Nationality British
Course Psychology and Education
College St Catherine's

Kate Shipley


Nationality British/New Zealand
Course Engineering MEng
College Wolfson

Patricia Smith


Nationality British
Course PhD Materials Science
College Christ's

Paula Wesselmann


Nationality German
Course MPhil in Machine Learning, Speech and Language Technology
College Jesus

Alice White


Nationality British/New Zealand
Course PhD in Clinical Neurosciences
College Homerton

Sophie Wrixon


Nationality British
Course Industrial Systems Manufacture and Management
College Darwin

Thea Zabell


Nationality British
Course Systems Biology MSc
College Downing
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.



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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