Experiencing a CUWBC Open Day

CUWBC’s Open Days offer the opportunity for young women from all over the UK to spend some time in the company of current students and find out why choosing to put yourself up for selection to represent the Light Blues is life changing. If you are interested in studying at Cambridge and you also have ambitions to race in the Boat Races, then come and find out how we can support you to achieve your ambitions on and off the water. Our current students have an opportunity to show you how our coaching and support team actively encourage academic achievement alongside a high performance rowing programme.

The amazing thing when we watch the final Boat Race crews line up on the start and the BBC showcases our crews to the world, is to appreciate that these young women will return to a laboratory or library to revise for end of term exams in the days following. Chief Coach, Rob Baker, knows the importance of the academic pursuits to the young women he coaches and has devised a training programme to fit around the academic day. The daily training does not require students to miss lectures, practicals in the lab or placements, training is in the early morning or evening. Speaking about the Open Days, Rob said:

“The CUWBC Open Days are organised for all aspiring Cambridge University applicants from years 11 and 12 who are keen and competitive rowers. On these days we will give the scholar-athletes an insight into what it is like to row for Cambridge University and will provide some advice on the Cambridge admissions process. During the day you will see the historic Goldie boathouse, have lunch in a Cambridge college and have an opportunity to speak with coaches, athletes and an admissions tutor. The Open Day is a great chance to get to feel what its like to be a student and rower at Cambridge and can be a crucial step in your application to Cambridge. We look forward to hearing from students, coaches and parents.”


At a CUWBC Open Day, young women are welcomed into our Club’s home and land training base, where you will meet students who are only a year or two older and hear first hand how combining a demanding academic course alongside training for a Boat Race is not just possible but fun and hugely fulfilling. We want everyone to know that our squad are students first and foremost, trying to do something really very special. It is not an easy choice to make and it might mean that a few parties and socials are missed, but those are given up willingly to race a Boat Race, earn a Blue and gain membership to a very special club.

The next CUWBC Open Day will take place on 21st September. You can sign up for your (free) place here.