Downing College Boat Club
Downing College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Downing College, Cambridge. Downing men have not been below the top 9 boats for over 3 decades, on occasion being the only boat club with a second boat in the first division, ahead of other college first boats. Downing men and women have rowed internationally, winning World Rowing Championship medals, Olympic medals. Despite the college admitting undergraduates in 1821, Downing's boat club did not form until 1863, with their first race being in the spring of 1864; the men's 1st VIII did not feature in the 1st division of the Lent and May Bumps until the 1960s. The club first became Head of the Mays in 1982, a position it lost in 1983 and regained in 1984; the head crew was coached by Downing alumnus Graeme Hall, the stroke of the Cambridge crew which won The Boat Race 1969, coached the British Men's VIII to win the silver medal in Rowing at the 1980 Summer Olympics. Downing women formed in 1981 and held their first headship of the Lent Bumps from 2004–2005, regaining it in 2011, attained their first headship of the May Bumps in 2011.
They retained both headships in 2012. The club has now held 15 headships in total, including a double-headship in 1996. In 2018, the first indoor rowing training tank in the East of England was built in the Club's boathouse. CUCBC/ Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Downing College Boat Club
King's College Boat Club
King's College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of King's College, Cambridge. The first record of King’s rowing is in 1838. In 1973, women row at King’s for the first time, forming a women's boat club under the name Queen Margaret of Anjou Boat Club; the name QMABC was dropped in 1996, all King's crews since have rowed under King's College Boat Club. By 1840 King’s reached 7th position in the Lent Bumps, before losing places and being taken off in 1842. King's make a brief return in the ‘Sloggers’ races in 1845-6 before disappearing. In 1853, King’s returns becomes head of the ‘Sloggers’ and rises 6 places in 6 days in the First Division; when CUBC creates two smaller divisions in 1854, King’s climbs back into the first division for the second successive year. However, they are taken off in 1855 due to new CUBC rules regarding the eligibility of certain rowers. In 1867, F. E. Cunningham becomes the first Blue from King’s, whilst the uniform is agreed in 1868 including a white coat bounded by King’s colours, caps for the Lents and straw hats in the Mays.
In 1875, King's produce a second boat for the first time. In 1973, women row at King’s for the first time, forming a women's boat club under the name Queen Margaret of Anjou Boat Club. Queen Margaret of Anjou was the Queen Consort to King Henry VI. Sally Millership coxes the Men’s 2nd VIII, having been prevented from coxing M1 as the Amateur Rowing Association decide mixed crews are not allowed; the following year she becomes the first female member of a King’s M1 boat. The King's 1st men's VIII have spent most of their history in the second division of the Lent and May Bumps. In 1897, King's reached 4th in the Lent Bumps, but subsided back into the 2nd division just four years later. A few brief periods in the first division have followed, but in the mid-1980s, the 1st VIII found themselves in the 3rd division for the first time ever. In 2005, King's managed to reach the first division for the first time since 1976; this position was consolidated in 2006 and 2007 with a further three bumps in both years, another two in 2008, finishing 9th.
The following year saw a drop of three places, two of which were recovered in 2010, but two successive years of spoons saw King's fall back to the second division. 2013 saw the previous year's result reversed with blades being awarded ensuring that the stay in the 2nd division only lasted one day. In the May Bumps, performance has been similar to that of the Lent Bumps. From 1912 until 1930, King's was in the first division, reaching 5th in 1923. In 1982, King's dropped into the 3rd division and since 1989 had a continuous existence in the second division. Recent movement has reflected that of the Lents, rising from 15th in the second division on the first day of 2003 to the first division by close of racing in 2009. 2010 saw another three bumps, with King's finishing 14th in the first division. This position couldn't be maintained in 2011, which saw an strong year for college rowing, but 3 bumps in 2012 and a further 3 in 2013 saw King's reach 10th, the highest position held by a King's crew since the 1950s.
2012/13 saw arguably one of the strongest years in the history of the club for the 1st men, despite no University rowers at the club. Michaelmas was successful with the 1st IV+ winning the University IVs First Division and the 1st VIII winning the Fairbairn Cup for the first time in the history of the club. Blades in Lents followed and a further 3 places were gained in the Mays; the disappointment of missing blades on the final day was soon forgotten as the 1st VIII qualified to race in the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. The college's second men's VIII has also enjoyed a run of sustained success, rising from the 5th division in May Bumps 2007 through the 4th division, arriving in the 3rd division on the final day of Mays 2011; this was a run. In the Lent Bumps, the Second boat has maintained a mid-table 3rd division spot for the last few years having risen from the 4th division in 2009. King's men's 3rd VIII has struggled to maintain a position on the river and has only sporadically appeared in the Lent Bumps, however they reside in the 5th division of May Bumps having earned blades in 2012.
The 1st women's VIII rowed in the Lent Bumps from the first women's race in 1976 and May Bumps from the 2nd women's race in 1975. In the Lent Bumps, the women started in 2nd position in 1976, but did not race in 1979. In the 1980 race, they were put on at the bottom of the 1st division and fell into the 2nd, where they have remained since. In the May Bumps, the 1st women's IV started in 7th and rose as high as 3rd in 1977 but had fallen into the 2nd division by 1986; when the bumps were reorganised in 1990, the QMABC 1st women's VIII started and maintained a position in the 2nd division. In the 1996 bumps races, King's women's crews inherited the positions that QMABC crews held in 1995; the King's women's 1st VIII held a position in the 2nd division in both the Lent and May Bumps until the May Bumps 2005, where they managed to break into the 1st division for the first time since the May Bumps were rowed in eight-oared boats. King's College Boat Club
Cambridge University Boat Club
The Cambridge University Boat Club is one of the rowing clubs 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. Nowadays, training takes place on the River Great Ouse at Ely; the prime constitutional aim of CUBC is to beat Oxford University Boat Club in the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. CUBC lead OUBC in the series by 83 races to 80, with 1 dead heat in The Boat Race 1877; the inaugural meeting of Cambridge University Boat Club took place at Gonville and Caius College on 9 December 1828. 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"; the first Boat Race took place at Henley-on-Thames in June 1829. 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. CUBC has produced numerous Olympic-level rowers in its history. 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. Notes Bibliography Dodd, Christopher; the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Stanley Paul. ISBN 978-0-09-151340-5. CUBC website
Murray Edwards College Boat Club
Murray Edwards College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge known as New Hall. New Hall was founded as a women-only college hence only fields women's crews; the Club was founded and known as New Hall Boat Club until 2008, when the Club decided to rename itself as Murray Edwards College Boat Club in line with the College name change. New Hall's early progress was good, taking the headship of the Lent Bumps in 1976, 1978 and 1980. A run of poorer results saw the 1st VIII drop into the second division for the first time in 2007. Since the Club has made a strong come-back, regaining a first division position in Lent Bumps in 2013. In the May Bumps, initial performance was good, taking the headship in 1977, 1981 and 1984 in the four-oared races, but in 1990, when the start order was re-organised, the New Hall 1st VIII were placed at the bottom of the 1st division and dropped into the 2nd division in 1992. By 1996, New Hall had climbed as high as 10th, but found itself in the 2nd division again by the end of 1998.
The New Hall 1st VIII climbed to 10th by 2002, but fell into the 2nd division once again in 2006. Better recruitment and continuing financial support from the College and alumnae community enabled the Club to build depth and breadth in its crews once more. From 2010 onwards, the 1st VIII had not conceded a Bump in either of the Bumps races, had earned a total of five sets of blades in five years and has been making progress on reclaiming a first division position on the May Bumps charts. Murray Edwards won the Pegasus Cup in 2011 after a solid performance in May Bumps, which secured blades for both its crews
Fitzwilliam College Boat Club
Fitzwilliam College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Prior to the 1960s, Fitzwilliam House occupied a position near the bottom of the 2nd division or top half of the 3rd division of the Lent and May Bumps finding itself in the 4th division of the Lent Bumps briefly. Between 1959 and 1969, the 1st men's VIII were not bumped in the Lent Bumps, rising to Head of the River in 1969. Between 1960 and 1971, the 1st men's VIII were bumped only once in the May Bumps, taking the headship for three years between 1969 and 1971. From until the mid-1980s, the 1st VIII held a position in the top-half of the 1st division and won both the Fairbairn Cup and the Emmanuel Sprints Regatta in the Michaelmas Term of 1982; the 1982 crew completed the traditional Fairbairn course in 14.34, becoming the second crew to post a winning time of under 15 minutes over the original race distance. The women's 1st VIII held a position in the top-half of the 1st division in the 1980s, but fell from 6th to 39th position when the May Bumps were re-organised in 1990, with the introduction of coxed-eights.
Between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s, the women fell 20 places in the Lent Bumps. The 1st Men won blades in Lent Bumps 2006. In the May Bumps 2011, the Women's 1st VIII won blades. In 2006 1st Novice Men Won the Fairbairns Cup Novice Division; the club repeated this victory in the Novice Division race in 2007 and again in 2009. In 2014, the 2nd Novice Men won the Clare Novices Plate. In the Lent Bumps 2015, the 1st Men won superblades, bumping five crews in four days and finishing in the top division; the Boat Club is supported by an active dedicated society, The Billygoats, whose membership is open to all who have rowed for Fitzwilliam College Boat Club. The Billygoats affectionately referred to as the'Billyguts' after the typical shape of middle-aged former oarsmen, organises social events at the May Bumps and Henley Royal Regatta as well as raising funds to support the Boat Club. CUCBC/ Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Fitzwilliam College Boat Club
Christ's College Boat Club
Christ's College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Christ's College, Cambridge. It inhabits the oldest wooden framed boathouse on the nearest to Jesus Lock. Christ's has taken women's headship once during the 2015 Lent Bumps; the men's 1st VIII, having started the Lent Bumps near the bottom of the table moved up. They had reached the 1st division by 1897, where they remained until 1972. Since the 1980s, the 1st VIII has remained in the middle or lower half of the 1st division. In the May Bumps, Christ's started in the 1st division, but dropped away into the 2nd by the mid-1890s, it had recovered a few years and remained in the 1st division until 1974. Since the 1st VIII has spent most of its time in the lower half of the 1st division rising into the top-10. Christ's men are yet to take a headship in the Lent or May Bumps, although the 1st VIII have been as high as 4th in the May Bumps and 2nd in the Lent Bumps. On the final day of the 1996 Lent Bumps, Christ's, starting from 2nd position, managed to get overlap on the head crew, but failed to make contact, were bumped themselves by Caius at the Railway Bridge.
The women's boat first raced in 1980, has remained in the top-half of the 2nd division or bottom-half of the 1st division, but has risen to Head of the River in the Lent Bumps and as high as 3rd in the May Bumps. Christ's 1st women became Head of the River on the 3rd day of Lent bumps in 2015 and rowed over on the last day. To celebrate a boat, acquired from LMBC, was burnt on the Third Court. Between 2007 and 2010, the Christ's 1st women bumped 26 times in 32 races without themselves being bumped, including bumping on 17 consecutive days of racing. Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Christ's College, Cambridge Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Christ's College Boat Club
Caius Boat Club
Caius Boat Club is the boat club for members of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The Club has rowed on the River Cam since 1827, like the other college boat clubs its aim is to gain and hold the headship of the Lent Bumps and May Bumps, now held in eight-oared boats, separately for men and women; the club had a golden era from 1998 to 2007, finding itself in the top echelons of college rowing on both the men's and women's sides. From the May Bumps 1998 until the May Bumps 2007 Caius took 15 of these by the men. In 2000 they became the first college to take a double headship on both the men's and women's side in the May Bumps. From its inception in 1827 as "Caius Wherry Club" the club has been active on the river, became properly established by the construction of its own boat house; the Club saw some prominence in its early years, holding the headship in 1840, 1841 and 1844, but this was followed by a long drought. In 1987 The Men lost it the following year. During the golden era from 1998 to 2007, Caius took 5 consecutive Lent Headships and so claim to have earned the right to erect a clock tower on their boathouse, a popular myth on the River Cam, that may be made reality when the plans for the college's new boathouse are approved.
After another brief period in the doldrums, the Men's crew of 2010/2011 achieved the unlikely feat of remaining unbeaten on the river Cam in eights for an entire year. This run saw them bump up 4 times to the headship of the Lent Bumps and up 2 times to the headship of the May Bumps, they represented the Cambridge Colleges against Christ Church, Oxford in a collegiate varsity race at the Henley Boat Races, becoming the only Cambridge men's crew to be successful against their dark blue opponents that year. The men's crew continue to be successful, retaining both the Lents and Mays Headship in 2012 and maintained their winning streak in side by side racing by beating Pembroke College, Oxford at the Henley Boat Races. During the May bumps of 1998, the top 3 men's crews and the top 3 women's crews all secured the awarding of Blades by bumping up on each of the 4 days with the men's 1st VIII finishing Head of the River. This'clean sweep' of the top 6 boats being awarded their "Blades" has not happened or since.
The men's first boat lost the Mays headship in 2016 to Maggie, the Lents in 2017 to Maggie. The women's first boat is second in Mays and thirteenth in Lents. Caius Boat Club has a strong tradition of encouraging its athletes to trial for the university boat clubs. In 2014 there were Caians in both the men and women's Blue Boat, the CUWBC Lightweight boat and the men's lightweight spare pair. Caius Boat Club has received planning permission for a new boathouse to be built on the site of the original; this project is estimated to cost £3 million, is due to be completed in 2016. Josh West, Olympic silver medalist Alison Mowbray, Olympic silver medalist There exists a club for members who have left the college called Gonville Boat Club. Although GBC is a recreational club, it enters regattas and sometimes races the current CBC 1st men's VIII. In 2008 a GBC crew took to the water with a total of 28 Cambridge headships between them. CUCBC at Cambridge University Combined Boat Club Caius Boat Club