UCL is a world-class university, and has a long-standing association with rowing. University College London Boat Club was first established in 1864 and celebrated its 150th anniversary this year.
The last few years have been highly successful for the boat club. In 2014, the women won the Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Cup in Intermediate Academic Eights at Henley Women’s Regatta and the men’s four made it to Thursday in the Prince Albert at Henley Royal where they lost to eventual finalists, Harvard. In 2013, the men made the Friday of Henley Royal Regatta, whilst the women reached the Semi-Final at Henley Women’s.
We welcome both experienced rowers and complete novices to the sport, men and women, rowers and coxes. This year we are aiming to build on our considerable successes last year.
If you are interested in joining UCLBC please fill in this form or get in touch with any queries, however big or small.
This year the club was very fortunate to work under the guidance of a number of coaches who provide a wide range of skills and experience. Paralympic Bronze medal winning cox, Alan ‘Woody’ Sherman coached the Novice squads this year with assistance from a voluntary coach, Belle Cartwright. The senior women were coached by Jamie Smith (former LEH 1st Eight coach) and Alan Sinclair (3 time Henley Royal Regatta Champion and GB Oarsmen). The senior men were coached by Phil Harfield, a PhD researcher in Biomechanics for the GB Rowing Team and Fil Ljubicic who was also Director of Rowing for the Club for the 2012/13.
UCL students have achieved considerable national and international success, having rowed at University College London Boat Club. Alex Davidson, having been President of UCLBC in 2009-10 and UL in 2010-11, rowed for Oxford in the 2012 Boat Race, was elected President of Oxford University Boat Club for the 2012/13 season and was selected for the GB eight at the U23 World Championships in 2012. Rob Williams won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games in the lightweight coxless four and Tim Foster MBE won gold in the GB four at the Sydney Olympics.