Cambridge University Boat Club

The Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC) is the rowing club of the University of Cambridge, England. The club was founded in 1828 and has been located at the Goldie Boathouse on the River Cam, Cambridge since 1882.[1] Nowadays, training primarily takes place on the River Great Ouse at Ely.

Cambridge University Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Cambridge boathouses - Goldie.jpg
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
LocationCambridge, United Kingdom
Coordinates52°12′40.2″N 0°7′50.5″E / 52.211167°N 0.130694°E / 52.211167; 0.130694 (Goldie Boathouse)Coordinates: 52°12′40.2″N 0°7′50.5″E / 52.211167°N 0.130694°E / 52.211167; 0.130694 (Goldie Boathouse)
Home waterRiver Cam and River Great Ouse
Founded1828 (1828)
Key people
  • Callum Sullivan (Openweight Men's President)
  • Sophie Paine (Openweight Women's President)
  • Eytan Cortissos (Lightweight Men's President)
  • Olivia Alliott (Lightweight Women's President)
  • Rob Baker (Men's Chief Coach)
  • Robert Weber (Women's Chief Coach)
  • Annamarie Phelps CBE (Chair)
AffiliationsBritish Rowing
Notable members

The prime constitutional aim of CUBC is to beat Oxford University Boat Club, Oxford University Women's Boat Club, Oxford University Lightweight Rowing Club and Oxford University Women's Lightweight Rowing Club in the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and Lightweight Boat Races.[2] CUBC's openweight men's squad currently lead OUBC in the series by 85 races to 80, with 1 dead heat in The Boat Race 1877, while the openweight women's squad lead OUWBC by 45 races to 30.[3] The lightweight men's squad lead OULRC by 28 races to 18, and the lightweight women's squad lead OUWLRC by 20 races to 17.[4]


The inaugural meeting of Cambridge University Boat Club took place at Gonville and Caius College on 9 December 1828.[5] Following this meeting, it was agreed that a challenge be sent to the University of Oxford to organise a race between representatives of the two universities. A letter was sent to Oxford in which they were challenged "to row a match at or near London, each in an eight-oared boat during the ensuing Easter vacation".[6] Consequently, the first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames in June 1829.[6]

CUBC was one of five clubs which retained the right until 2012 to appoint representatives to the Council of British Rowing. The others were Leander Club, London Rowing Club, Thames Rowing Club and Oxford University Boat Club.[7]

On 1 August 2020, CUBC formally merged with Cambridge University Women's Boat Club and Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club to form a new combined club to compete against Oxford clubs in the annual boat races.[8] This followed a vote in April 2020 by members of all three clubs which was overwhelmingly in favour of the merger.[9] The merger and subsequent rebrand led to a new visual identity for Cambridge University Boat Club. The new logo kept the old colours of red and black, but added yellow, the traditional team kit colour of the men’s and women’s reserve crews, Goldie and Blondie.[10]


CUBC has produced numerous Olympic-level rowers in its history.[11][12] 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.


British championsEdit

Year Winning crew/s
1972 Men 2+
1973 Men 2x
1984 Men 2-
1989 Men lightweight 8+, Men lightweight 4x (Goldie)
1991 Men 4- (Goldie)
1992 Men 4- (Goldie)
1997 Men 4-
2002 Men lightweight 4x, Men U23 1x[13]
2018 Open 4- (Goldie) [14]

Key = 2, 4, 8 (crew size), x (sculls), - (coxless), + (coxed)

Henley Royal RegattaEdit

Year Races won
1845 Grand Challenge Cup
1851 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1855 Grand Challenge Cup
1858 Grand Challenge Cup
1888 Silver Goblets
1889 Silver Goblets
1973 Double Sculls Challenge Cup
1984 Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup
1991 Visitors' Challenge Cup (Goldie)
1992 Silver Goblets & Nickalls' Challenge Cup, Britannia Challenge Cup (Goldie)
1995 Stewards' Challenge Cup
1996 Ladies' Challenge Plate (Goldie)
1997 Temple Challenge Cup (Goldie)
1999 Ladies' Challenge Plate, Temple Challenge Cup
2000 Britannia Challenge Cup
2003 Britannia Challenge Cup (Goldie)
2005 Ladies' Challenge Plate
2008 Stewards' Challenge Cup
2019 Visitors' Challenge Cup




  1. ^ "Cambridge Boathouses" (PDF). Cambridge City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Sports Yearbook 2012" (PDF). University of Cambridge Sport. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ "The Boat Race: Results". Boat Race Company Ltd. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  4. ^ "The Lightweight Boat Races: Results". Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  5. ^ Dodd, p. 49
  6. ^ a b "Boat Race – Origins". The Boat Race Company Ltd. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Corporate Governance Structure". British Rowing. Archived from the original on 2013-01-20. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  8. ^ "The new Cambridge University Boat Club welcomes the Vice-Chancellor to Ely Boathouse - CUBC". Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  9. ^ "University Boat Clubs to combine – CUBC". Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  10. ^ Cambridge University Boat Club unveils new logo |
  11. ^ "Olympic medals for Cambridge rowing alumni". Cambridge University Alumni Relations. Archived from the original on 2013-07-03. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Tom James profile". British Rowing. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  13. ^ ""The results service." Times, 22 July 2002, p. 26". Times Digital Archives.
  14. ^ "2018 British Rowing Senior Championships results" (PDF). British Rowing.