Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club
Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (“CUWBC”) was founded in 1940 to compete against its Oxford counterpart in the women’s version of the annual University Boat Race. The Women’s Boat Race has had a varied history, but from the late 1970s the annual contest has been held in Henley-on-Thames as part of the Henley Boat Races. The realisation of parity of funding between the women’s and men’s clubs, brought about by the Newton and BNY Mellon Boat Race sponsorship deal, has finally enabled the CUWBC to evolve from a largely student-run club reliant on volunteer coaches, to a professionally run elite programme, in preparation for the first Tideway Women’s Boat Race in 2015.
The Club prepares three crews to beat Oxford in the Boat Races: Two Heavyweight VIIIs (The Blue Boat and Blondie, the reserve crew) and a Lightweight VIII (CUWBC Lightweights). In addition to the Boat Races, the Club also competes in major national competitions such as the Fuller’s Head of the River Fours, the Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and the British Universities & Colleges’ Sport (“BUCS”) Head and Regatta.
The Club has many notable alumni who have gone on to row or cox for Great Britain and continues to encourage and support athletes within the squad who aspire to row for their national teams.
Read the latest news from the squad in the run up to the 2014 Boat Races.