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 in 2014.
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. Already this year, the women’s squad has won silver medals in British University and Colleges Sports 4s and 8s Head, and achieved their best ever result at the Women’s Head of the River Race, with the men’s squad larger than ever entering four men’s 8s into the Head of the River Race, including 24 rowers and 3 coxes who took up the sport at the club. The whole club looks forward to a highly competitive summer regatta season in 2015.
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.
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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. Director of Rowing 2014/2015 Jamie Smith (former LEH 1st Eight coach) has coached the senior men and women, with Alan Sinclair (3 time Henley Royal Regatta Champion and GB Oarsmen) and Peter Mildon. Paralympic Bronze medal winning cox, Alan ‘Woody’ Sherman has coached the Novice squads.
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.