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.

Larkin Sayre

CUWBC President


Larkin is studying for a PhD in Materials Science at Emmanuel College. Despite growing up in Cambridge is wasn’t until Larkin was at MIT and her roommate encouraged her that she gave rowing a go. Larkin was Captain of the victorious 2019 Blue Boat.

CUWBC Squad

(Age on Race Day)

Georgie Archer

20


Nationality British
Course BA Modern and Medieval Languages
College Trinity

Jamie Bailey

22


Nationality British
Course MPhil Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
College St John's

Becky Dell

25


Nationality British
Course PhD in Glaciology
College Christ's

Caoimhe Dempsey

24


Nationality Irish
Course MPhil in Psychology
College Newnham
 

Grace Eickmann

21


Nationality British/German
Course BA Natural Sciences
College Downing

Anouschka Fenley

25


Nationality British
Course BA Law (Affiliated)
College Lucy Cavendish

Laura Foster

25


Nationality American
Course Archaeology PhD
College Queens'

Angela Harper

25


Nationality American
Course PhD Physics
College Churchill
 

Anna Harrison

29


Nationality British
Course MB, BHir Graduate Medicine
College Wolfson

Emily Insanally

21


Nationality British / Guyanese
Course BA Economics
College Fitzwilliam

Gloria Jansen

23


Nationality German
Course PhD Genetics
College Lucy Cavendish

Joshua Kershaw

19


Nationality British
Course Veterinary Medicine
College St John's
 

Catherine King

20


Nationality British
Course BA Natural Sciences
College Gonville & Caius

Gemma King

20


Nationality British
Course BA Natural Sciences
College St John's

Jo Matthews

20


Nationality British
Course MB, BChir in Medicine
College St John's

Emily McHarg

22


Nationality British
Course MPhil Music
College Newnham
 

Sophie Paine

22


Nationality British/Bahamian
Course MPhil in Management
College Wolfson

Abigail Parker

25


Nationality American
Course PhD, Zoology
College Emmanuel

Adriana Perez Rotondo

24


Nationality Spanish
Course PhD Engineering
College Newnham

Emma Pike


Nationality British
Course BA Natural Sciences
College Emmanuel
 

Sarah Portsmouth

18


Nationality British
Course BA Architecture
College Newnham

Larkin Sayre

25


Nationality British/American
Course PhD in Materials Science
College Emmanuel

Eva Simkens

24


Nationality Dutch
Course Law (exchange)
College Clare

Sabrina Singh


NationalityBritish
Course Engineering
College Emmanuel
 

Tricia Smith

26


Nationality British
Course PhD Materials Science and Metallurgy
College Christ's

Rebecca Smith

24


Nationality American
Course MPhi Geneticsl
College Newnham

Bronya Sykes

20


Nationality British
Course Natural Sciences BA
College Gonville & Caius

Elena von Mueller

18


Nationality German
Course Engineering, MEng
College Jesus
 

Dylan Whitaker

22


Nationality British
Course MB, BChir in Medicine
College King'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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