Established in 1828 the Cambridge University Boat Club is a club with a rich history of success and an extremely proud heritage, and it is a great honour to have been elected as President for the 2017 Boat Race campaign. I am looking forward with enthusiasm to leading a strong squad of dedicated and committed athletes to prepare for the 163rd instalment of this historic boat race.
After a dominant and successful 2016 campaign, it is a special time to be a part of the CUBC. There is a great sense of excitement and optimism within the current team of athletes, staff and the Executive Committee, and momentum within the Club is really starting to build in magnitude. Project Ely, the accumulation of many years’ hard work and fundraising, is nearing completion and the squad will be boating from the new £4.9M boathouse for the first time in September 2016. This exciting new training facility has some very real and measurable performance benefits and will serve as a home on the Great River Ouse in Ely to Cambridge University rowing for many years to come.
The single most important goal for our Club is clear and well defined - to defeat the rowers of Oxford University on the day of the annual Boat Race. My experience of the 162nd Boat Race campaign strongly affirmed that the passion and commitment within the CUBC to succeed in fulfilling this goal, is as fierce and determined as it has ever been. To achieve our goal is not a simple task, Oxford are worthy competitors and the campaign is filled with hard work and sacrifice in abundance. However, if you do make the commitment you will join a unique group of individuals and forever be a part of the fellowship of Cambridge oarsmen and coxswains. You will receive boundless support from members of the club past and present, you will push the physical and mental limits of your body further than you imagined possible, and you will take great pride in following in the strong tradition of the Club to win The Boat Race.
With top-level facilities, a passionate and experienced coaching team, and a competitive and supportive environment that pushes each athlete to reach their full potential, the Cambridge University Boat Club is a great place to further your rowing and personal development. The Club is very dynamic and seamlessly accommodates the needs of athletes ranging from talented novices to Olympic medallists. Irrespective of your background or current level in the sport, if you have what it takes to help us achieve our goal please get it touch, we would love to hear from you.