Competing in your chosen sport at the highest level is the ultimate dream of many young athletes; and there is no annual rowing event in the world more famous or more viewed globally than the Boat Races between the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Our openweight and lightweight, male and female crews race over the four-and-a-quarter-mile Championship Course on the River Thames through London’s famous bridges from Putney to Mortlake.

The selection and preparation for the Cambridge Boat Race crews is gruelling and competitive. The intense five-month campaign takes our student-athletes on a quest that will enrich their learning experience at Cambridge whilst supporting their studies; provide them with lifelong friendships; and empower them to achieve their ambitions in a supportive and tight-knit team.

I am delighted to be the first Club Chair of the new combined Cambridge University Boat Club. The support for unifying the three legacy clubs in 2020 has been overwhelming from students, alumni and our stakeholders: we are a new club with an impressive heritage and history and a bright, exciting future. This most recent milestone in the history of Cambridge rowing also marks another significant step: in working more closely with the University we will ensure the long-term sustainability of the club, so that future generations of students can benefit from the positive and transformational experiences it delivers. It will also contribute to the university’s ambitions, helping our student athletes go on to be leaders in their chosen fields, contributing to a better society and a better world.

Annamarie Phelps

Want to row for Cambridge?

Rowing for Cambridge is a unique combination of academic and sporting excellence. We welcome athletes of all abilities from a range of backgrounds in the trialling process, starting each season in September.

Get in touch with us today so we can provide you with more information, key dates and support.