UCL Boat Club was founded in 1864 and the club’s first race was recorded on 24th May 1864 against Guy’s Rowing Club.

UCL made its debut as University College and Hospitals Boat Club (UC&H) at Henley Royal Regatta in 1933 when they lost to Reading Rowing Club in the Thames Cup. The Club raced again in the Thames Cup in 1950 and lost by no more than a canvas to Leeds University after a fierce battle down the course.

Since then the club has seen much 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.