Welcome to the home of University College London Boat Club; one of UCLU’s largest, oldest and most successful sports societies.

After a great deal of success in recent years, UCL is gaining a reputation within the UK as being one of the most competitive University Club’s offering both Novices and experienced rowers alike, the opportunity to excel in the sport.

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At UCLBC we have 3 squads; Senior, Intermediate and Novice, so cater for everyone who wants to be involved with rowing. If you are a serious rower looking to compete at the UK’s most prestigious races and regatta’s then contact our Senior captains and come along to our preseason training camp. If you have rowed before and want to join the Club in a more informal manner then the Intermediate squad is for you. And if you’ve never rowed before and don’t know your pairs from your doubles, then our novice squad beckons!  Once you’ve joined the club movement between the squads is encouraged; not just intermediates, but novices too have finished the season competing as part of the senior squad so who knows where the season will take you!

It’s not just rowers though that can find a home at UCLBC, coxes too are much in demand. Essential to any successful coxed boat, you’ll learn masses out on the Tideway, one of the busiest and most unpredictable stretches of training water out there!

So please, drop our captains an email, come along and see us at the welcome fair, and sign up for the trial weekend (10th/11th October)! We look forward to seeing you all there!

This past year has been one of many firsts, highlighting the steep trajectory of success the Club is on – here is a summary of some of the achievements the Club has accomplished over the last season, something we hope to build upon over the coming year:

  • Women:
    • Henley Women’s Regatta: All 3 4+’s qualified – 1 Senior, 2 Academic
      • Top academic IV reached semi final and narrowly lost to the eventual winners
      • Senior IV reached quarter finals
      • 3 athletes had learnt to row at UCL in September 2014
    • Reading Regatta – wins in WIM1 and WIM2 for Academic IV
    • MET Regatta – win for Academic IV in WIM3
    • Peterborough Regatta – win in WNov8+
    • BUCS Regatta – bronze medal in Intermediate VIIIs (all medal winning times within 1 second!)
    • WeHORR – 3 VIIIs entered and UCL 1st VIII achieve UCL’s best ever result
    • Friend’s Cup – UCL Women’s Squad win the UCLU Friend’s Cup in recognition of their excellence and achievements over the last year
    • BUCS 4s and 8s Head – silver medals won in both 4 and 8
    • United Hospitals Head  – Novice women win UH Head
    • British Indoor Rowing Championships – silver in the open women’s team relay (1st went to Leander)
    • Rutherford Head – wins in WIM2 8+ and WNov4+
    • Four’s Head – 6th in WIM2 (best result ever)
    • United Hospital Sprints – Novice women win their category with a UCL vs. UCL final!
  • Men:
    • Henley Royal Regatta: men’s 1st 8 qualified and narrowly lost to Liverpool on the wednesday
    • MET Regatta: A final in IM3 8+
    • Reading Regatta: final of IM3 8+
    • HoRR: 4 men’s 8s entered (24 rowers and 3 coxes who took up rowing at UCLBC)

The 2014 season was also a fantastic year for the club culminating with the women winning the Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s Cup in Intermediate Academic Eights at Henley Women’s Regatta and the men’s four making it to Thursday at Henley Royal Regatta in the Prince Albert Challenge Cup where they lost to eventual finalists, Harvard.

It is not just on the national rowing scene but the international too that UCL students have achieved considerable success. 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.

This is down to the great fortune of the Club to have been working under the guidance of a number of superb coaches who provide a great deal of skill and experience.  Our Director of Rowing, Jamie Smith (former LEH 1st Eight coach) coaches the senior and intermediate men and women, along with Alan Sinclair (4 time Henley Royal Regatta Champion and GB Oarsmen) and Peter Mildon. Paralympic Bronze medal winning cox, Alan ‘Woody’ Sherman coaches the Novice squads.