We usually train six days a week. It’s either land training in the morning before lectures and getting on the water in the afternoon, or vice versa, depending on which squad you’re in. Land training is at Goldie Boathouse on the Cam. We train on the water out of Ely Boathouse.

Rowing at Cambridge is a high performance environment, and CUBC is proud to support athletes in achieving academically and in sport. You can find more information in our Welfare and Safeguarding policy here.

We are grateful to the continuing support of Cross Country Trains and Greater Anglia who enable our squad to travel to Ely from Cambridge.

The season starts in September, allowing for a few weeks of training before the start of term in October. Through the year the squad will enter many Head Races through the winter and regattas in the summer such as BUCS, Met, Marlow, Henley Women’s and Henley Royal Regatta.

There is also a development programme during the summer where college athletes can train and compete with the squad before trialling begins.

A Typical Week – Men’s Squad

Weekdays

  • 06:30 Rowers and coxswains meet at Goldie Boathouse for land training on ergos or in the weights room.
  • 09:00 Return to college or faculty to eat, work and attend lectures, labs and supervisions.
  • 13:30 Meet at Goldie for the drive to Ely (approx half an hour) for water training sessions (on Friday an ergo or weights session is substituted).
  • 17:30 Return to Cambridge.

Saturday – Sunday

  • 07:30 Squad meets at Goldie Boathouse to travel to Ely for two water training sessions with a short break in between.
  • 14:30 Return to Cambridge.

A Typical Week – Women’s Squad

Weekdays

  • 05:56 Rowers and coxswains catch the early train from Cambridge, arriving at Ely 14 minutes later, for on-the-water training.
  • 09:00 Back in Cambridge to eat, work and attend lectures, labs and supervisions.
  • 16:00 Meet at Goldie Boathouse for land training on ergos or in the weights room.

Saturday – Sunday

  • 07:00 Squad meets at Goldie Boathouse to travel to Ely for two water training sessions with a short break in between.
  • 14:30 Return to Cambridge.

A Day in the Life of a Blue

Whilst coaches and athletes have changed since 2013, this video provides great insight into what it’s like to Row For Cambridge.

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.