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Cambridge University Boat Club Facilities

The Goldie Boathouse, Cambridge

The Goldie Boathouse is the spiritual home of Cambridge University Boat Club. Named after J. H. D. Goldie, who rowed in four Boat Races against Oxford from 1869 to 1872 (winning three), it was built in 1873, with significant extensions and improvements in 2003 and 2013. Today it remains the centrepiece of rowing culture on the River Cam, flanked on either side by the College and Town club Boathouses.

Distinctly visible at the riverside, with its light blue bay doors, The Goldie Boathouse has always been the hub of all CUBC activity. While we no longer row out of Goldie, it is the location of all the land-based training of the CUBC. Housing our ergos and the strength and conditioning room, The Goldie Boathouse has a mirrored rowing tank for technical rowing sessions. The physiotherapy treatment centre, coaches offices and administrative offices are all located on-site.

Steeped in history, The Goldie Boathouse has undergone renovation numerous times in recent decades to facilitate training at the highest level. Additional gym space, offices and changing facilities mean that the CUWBC now work and training alongside the CUBC. These improvements have ensured that Cambridge University continues to lead from the front as a world-class, world respected centre of rowing excellence.

The Ely Boathouse

Water training takes place in the nearby town of Ely. The River Great Ouse is wide, straight and uninterrupted. The Club houses its fleet of eights, fours, pairs and single sculls, and coaches’ launches and equipment, in its purpose-built Training Boathouse in Ely Marina.

Sessions are organised to accommodate crew members’ academic schedules – the squad is entirely composed of student members of the University, and every one has a rigorous academic workload. Transport from and back to Cambridge is organised to maximise effective time on the water.

The New Ely Boathouse

Since its opening in 2016, the three elite rowing clubs of Cambridge University have rowed from the state-of-the-art Ely boathouse. :

  • CUBC (heavyweight men)
  • CUWBC (heavyweight & lightweight women)
  • CULRC (lightweight men)

This new boathouse  facilitates the best possible on-water training for all Cambridge crews. With four bays and plenty of space for all three clubs and their equipment, the boathouse enables the best possible use of athletes’ on-water time on The Great Ouse.

Crabtree Boat Club, Putney

Crabtree Boat Club is for the alumni of Cambridge University Boat Club. The Boathouse is located on the Embankment in Putney. The core members are Blues and Goldie rowers. Crabtree Boat Club welcomes the current Cambridge University Boat Club squad to use their facilities while training down on the tideway. We are extremely fortunate as a non-tideway club to have a space we can use as our own when preparing for racing on The Championship Course from Putney to Mortlake.