Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs

Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs (CUCBC) is responsible for the day-to-day running of college rowing in Cambridge. It is also responsible for organising May and Lent bumps which are the main races of the Easter and Lent terms respectively.

Foundation of the CUCBCEdit

Historically, only men's rowing existed at Cambridge University, and all of the races and river rules were controlled by the Cambridge University Boat Club (CUBC). Newnham College Boat Club was the only rowing club for women from its founding in 1893 until Cambridge University Women's Boat Club (CUWBC) was founded in 1941.[1][2] Separate women's races began in the 1970s, controlled by the Cambridge University Women's Boat Club. The two organising bodies had differing rules of the river and arrangements for racing, leading to many potential problems. Initially, the number of women racing was small, but it soon grew to a similar number as that of the men. A vote was held on passing control for the women's racing to the CUBC in the 1980s, thereby bringing all control to a single entity, but this proposal was rejected by members of the CUBC. By the mid-1990s, the CUCBC was founded to oversee all river regulations, for rowers of both sexes, on the River Cam and to control the bumps races and various other events. This also had the effect that the CUBC and CUWBC were then free to concentrate on The Boat Race and Henley Boat Races respectively.

CUCBC Exec CommitteeEdit

The CUCBC Committee for 2013-14 ([1]) consists of:

Position Holder College
CUCBC Chair Dr David Munday Kings
CUCBC Senior Treasurer/Webmaster Dr Dan Wilkins Jesus
CUCBC Honorary Secretary Tom Grimble Robinson
CUCBC Junior Treasurer Henk-Jaap Wagenaar Peterhouse
CUWBC Honorary Secretary Lottie Meggitt Girton
CULRC Honorary Secretary William Hayes St Catharine's
CUCBC Coxing Representative Mat Bryan Downing
CUCBC Events Secretary Philip Garsed Clare

There also exists a Senior Committee with responsibility for strategic and longer-term issues affecting University and College rowing on the Cam.

CUCBC Run EventsEdit

CUCBC runs four main events during the course of the academic year:

  • University IVs (Michaelmas Term)
  • Lent Bumps (6th/7th Week, Lent Term)
  • Small Boats Regatta (0th Week, Easter Term)
  • May Bumps (7th-8th Week, Easter Term)


  1. ^ "Race History". Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Crew Lists 1940s". Cambridge University Women's Boat Club 1941 - 2014. 7 February 2015. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2015.

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