Come and Support our Women’s Squad at WeHoRR tomorrow!

Two Eights will boat tomorrow for Women’s Eights Head of the River Race 2017. The club is incredibly exited, as this marks the end of the head season for the women. Following such strong performances at Hammersmith Head, they look to strengthen and solidify their position as competitive British women’s crews.

Tomorrow the rest of the club shall be meeting at the Rutland Arms at 12pm, armed with our banner, to cheer on the women through Hammersmith Bridge. Location is below.

Here are our Crews, and we hope to see you at the Rutland Arms!

1st VIII

Stroke to Bow – Tamsin Howard, Kyla Damman, Holly Exton-Smith, Tegan Foister, Hattie Leigh, Emily Hopper, Rosie Truman, Hannah Smith. Cox: Lauren Johncock.

2nd VIII

Stroke to Bow – Rachel Dumbrell, Rosie Mason, Ellen Forsyth, Emily Nash, Claudia Abdallah, Isabella Wermbter, Marion Hervé, Natalie Milmoe. Cox: George Jack.


UCLBC Takes on Kings for the 2017 Varsity Race – Crew Announcement and Event Details

University College London Boat Club will take on Kings College London Boat Club for the second time ever on the 15th March 2017, as part of the annual London Varsity Series.

the UL Boathouse, where UCLBC resides, is only a stone’s throw away from Tideway Scullers, which houses KCLBC – yet neither club has raced each other directly since the last Varsity Race, of which UCL comfortably won 4-2. These races will be high pressure, high intensity rowing and the best club always shines through.

The racing shall consist of 6 regatta-style races. These will be:


The racing will commence at 13:30 at Tideway scullers school, directions can be found on the event page:

London Varsity Series 2017 – Rowing

This event is a part of London Varsity Series 2017. For more information visit the London Varsity Series website.

 Senior Crews

Women’s VIII+

Stroke to Bow – Tamsin Howard, Sophie Dooley, Holly Exton-Smith, Tegan Foister, Isabella Wermbter, Marion Hervé, Hattie Leigh, Natalie Ohene. Cox: Lauren Johncock.

Women’s IV+

Stroke to Bow – Tamsin Howard, Hattie Leigh, Holly Exton-Smith, Sophie Dooley. Cox: Lauren Johncock.

Men’s VIII+

Stroke to Bow – Maximillian Hess, Oscar Frith, Jaime San Miguel Navas, Ludovic Lenders, Freddie Dewey, Jake Figi, James Dyson, Jack Ren. Cox: Florrie Beard.


Men’s IV+

Stroke to Bow – Maximillian Hess, Jake Figi, Jaime San Miguel Navas, Ludovic Lenders. Cox: Sean Cannon.


Novice Crews:

Women’s VIII+

Stroke to Bow – Rachel Dumbrell, Catherine Bentley, Ellen Forsyth, Hannah Smith, Rosie Truman, Rosie Mason, Claudia Abdallah, Emily Nash. Cox: George Jack.

Men’s VIII+

Stroke to Bow – Rob Farthing, Theo Fawcett, Joris Simaitis, Tom Stephens, Nick Robbins, Cyril Geismar, Shay Sharma, Alec Walker. Cox: Vicky Jones.

An Armada of UCL Athletes take to the Thames for the first race of 2017: Quintin Head

Whilst power changes hands in the US, Over on the Tideway UCLBC crews are transferring their power to the water in record numbers. A grand total of 120 UCL rowers from UCLBC, RUMSBC and ULBC will take on the famous Quintin Head Race course, which starts at Hammersmith Bridge and finishes just west of Chiswick Bridge.

As the first race of 2017, the club is looking forward to measuring our progress and giving ourselves our first taste of tideway head racing this season, in preparation for Head of the River.

Take a look at messages from our squad captains below:

Despite injury and illness affecting the squad this term, we are excited to be fielding a strong VIII+ at Quintin. This should be an excellent test to see where we stand after some strong results at last term’s races, and I’m anticipating some solid rowing and a result we can be proud of amongst the challenging competition.

Holly Exton-Smith, Senior Women’s Captain

Crews: One


With three mighty eights being sent out, the Novice girls are ready to attack Quintin head with the power and energy of an army. This being their third head race so far (Cambridge, Rutherford), they’ve had the experience, they know what to expect, and now they’re in their home city. Balancing uni and rowing is always tough, but despite this they’ve been pushing themselves in all of the training and getting out on the water as much as possible, so I’m excited to see how they approach their first race of 2017, I expect big things and, as ever, I know each crew will do me proud.

Hattie Leigh, Novice Women’s Captain

Crews: Three


UCLBC Senior Men are hitting Quintin hard, putting out our first set boats of the season. Finally moving away from matched VIII+’s in races we can really see where we stand against some of our biggest rivals. In previous years (especially 2016) Quintin Head has been one of our most challenging races, but this year we’re aiming higher, hoping to place in the top 30 boat with the men’s 1st VIII. However, the men’s 2nd VIII will be looking to chase the 1sts and place as close to them as possible. Some big chat around the boathouse includes claims that they may even be looking to beat the 1sts. Strong words from a strong boats. Yeah UCL!

Jake Figi, Senior Men’s Captain

Crews: Two


Boy, have the Novice Men been waiting for this moment. Months of committed hours on the tideway and the boys are ready for their maiden race on this famous stretch of water. The Club has not seen this level of member retention and commitment of athletes in years, and I know full well that every rower involved in this race will hit the water flying, proving once again that UCL is one of the #1 Universities to take up rowing.

Patrick Pflughaupt, Novice Men’s Captain

Crews: Three

Help take our boys to BRIC and take on the GB rowing team

Saturday 10th December sees four Senior Men (Freddie Dewey, Jake Figi, Jaime San Miguel Navas and Sachin Turakhia) racing in the 4km Relay event at the British Rowing Indoor Championships (BRIC) 2016. They will race alongside some of the fastest, strongest and most prominent British athletes of this century, including Rio 2016 Gold Medallists. The boys are doing this not only to show British Rowing what UCLBC has got, but also to fundraise for the club. Rowing is expensive, and without donations, UCLBC cannot provide its members the equipment they need to reach their potential.

So watch our promo video and help take our boys to BRIC on our just giving page at:

UCLBC Carves its Name into the River Tyne for Rutherford Head 2016

  • Novice Men 1st VIII+ Place Second, solidifying their position as one of the top novice crews in the country
  • Novice Women Place Fifth, overcoming crew changes and strong competition
  • Senior Women VIII+ place second by only 10 seconds despite large field 
  • Senior Men smash targets of 80% of winning times, showing massive improvement from Cambridge

The November 26th weekend saw University College London Boat Club make its way to wintery Newcastle-upon-Tyne for its second head race of the season, Rutherford Head. 
Racing over the same BUCS Head course, the club sought to build upon its performance at Cambridge Head using lessons learned. Due to poor weather conditions, Rutherford Head 2015 was cancelled, so this race was new for many of the athletes, both novices and seniors. 

For the novices, all crews rowed with greater quality by making technique tweaks and improvements. Both did particularly well by coping with last minute crew changes, showing their resilience. The crews learnt a lot about the importance of pacing and timing, as this race is a whole two kilometres longer than their last. 

The Senior Women, having won Cambridge Head in the week prior, new that they needed to stay as a leader in their category, and they were extremely pleased to have placed second. 

The Men however, had slightly more mixed results after Cambridge Head, having missed out on a potential win in the VIII+. However the men were delighted to have raced incredibly well in all boats (two matched VIII+s, two IV+s), with an VIII+ achieving 97% of the winning time, and one of the IV+s winning their category. 

This weekend also saw a massive turnout from the Bentham Boat Club – our Alumni club. They formed an VIII+ with some of the greatest athletes the club has seen in recent years. 

Overall, the club is extremely happy with the performance of the athletes, overall much more professional, organised and with greater team spirit. We’d like to thank Tyne Amateur Rowing Club for hosting, and luck for providing such great conditions!

Impressive start to the season at Cambridge Head ’16

  • First place achieved by each squad
  • Novice Women 1st VIII dominate by more than 50 seconds, overtaking three crews in the process
  • Novice Men maintain varsity domination, placing first and ahead of KCLBC by 75 seconds
  • Senior Women continue their strong track record in the coxed four, placing first ahead of KCLBC
  • Senior Men IV+ comfortably place first ahead of Warwick University Boat Club

Early on Saturday morning, the boat club arrived at Cambridge Winter Head to kick off this season’s racing. Despite the challenging course with its narrowness and tight turns, the club came away with both pride and lessons learned.

Thanks to great conditions and inter-squad comradery, spirits were high and support was strong on the banks whilst our crews raced. Whilst some crews were challenged greatly by the navigation of the course and the intense nature of overtaking, all squads had great success overall.

Take a look at some of our team photos below and keep an eye out on our social media pages for more highlights!


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Cambridge Winter Head 2016 – Crew Announcements

Saturday 19th November marks the Cambridge Winter Head Race 2016.

This race is crucial in numerous ways. This race indicates to the club the fitness level of our athletes. It indicates the commitment of our athletes. But most importantly, it indicates the progress of the club as a whole.

Cambridge Winter Head 2015 was a great success for the club, with all squads winning in their categories; from Novice to Senior rowers, everyone had something to be proud of. Our goal this year, is to uphold that level of success, and potentially surpass it.

The 2016/17 season has already seen a great increase in the clubs strength – with contribution from the many new and returning faces in the Senior squads ready to take the club to new heights, to the determined, and strong-willed Novice Squads that bolster the foundations of UCLBC .

This is the time of the year where we can showcase the talent, strength and size of the club. However this year, we want to show depth, too. Both men and women’s senior squads will be entering coxed 4s as well as 8s. This is a really refreshing start for the seniors, as they predominantly race in 8s.

Take a look below for our squads, and messages from their captains.


Cambridge Head is an exciting first race to put our coxes to the test. It’s can be quite a challenging course, making it all the more exciting. The rowers have trained incredibly hard and I have no doubt in our coxes to get the very best from them and rise to the challenge.
Lauren Bates-Brownsword – Cox Captain 2016/17




As their first race, I could not be more excited to see the novice girls take on the other crews at Cambridge this Saturday. They have all been training hard on and off the water, keen to pick up any little improvement, and I know they’re going to smash it on the day, repeating last year’s success. They’ve all gelled incredibly as a squad so no matter what, I know they’ll finish the race elated and supporting each other.

Hattie Leigh – Novice Women’s Captain 2016/17



I’m  both impressed and proud of my boys this year! Their energy and commitment is truly formidable, and I wish them all the best for their first ever race in Cambridge.
Patrick Pflughaupt – Novice Men’s Captain 2016/17

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This year UCLBC is taking a slightly different approach by fielding two matched 8’s. We aren’t necessarily looking for a sweeping win here, more trying to get some good rowing down and see what we can do! Although with such promise in the squad currently, I won’t be surprised if we still get that early win under our belts…
Jake Figi – Senior Men’s Captain 2016/17



Cambridge Head is always exciting as the first head of the winter, as it lets us know where we stand and what we can aim for. Last year the senior women’s 8 won their race, and we’re hoping for another win this year.

Holly Exton-Smith – Senior Women’s Captain 2016/17



HORR 2016 Crew Announcement and Preview

Known as the biggest and most competitive head on the racing calendar, the Head of the River has been what all the UCLBC men have been training towards over the long winter. Entering four eights, each boat will be looking to paint the Tideway purple. Big time.

Senior Men – 1st VIII

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Fresh from a win in the London Varsity Series this years Senior Men’s 1st’s are looking to step up and build on last years HORR position. James and Mark return from last years Henley VIII, whilst Harry and Paul have stepped up from last years beginners programme. Tom, Jake, Oscar and Navin are fresh faces to the club, as this new look VIII will be bringing the heat and some terrible chat to this years head. Look out for Navin’s incredible hair, coming down the course at #129.

Senior Men – 2nd VIII

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The mighty seconds will be steaming down the course at #305 this year, and will be getting stuck into some great overtaking manoeuvres all the way down the course. 6 returning club members are joined by newcomers Jake and Seb in a crew that know a hard graft. These boys regularly frustrate our firsts with some resilient side-by-side! Expect some strong pain faces, and a very slick looking Lee in the 2 seat.

Novice Men – 1st VIII

Cox – Jess Knapman

Stroke – Marc de Fontenay

7 – Patrick Pflughaupt

6 – Rob Hinchley

5 – David Sekula

4 – Paddy McDonald

3 – James Roper

2 – Tom Nguyen

Bow – Rory Dawson

The Novice Men’s 1st VIII are looking to continue their impressive run of form at the Head of the River Race this weekend. Following a win at the Cambridge Head, a win at UH Sprints, 3rd place in the novice category at Quintin Head and all topped off with a bronze medal at the BUCS Head, they’ll take some beating. Between them they are the complete package, with Marc and Patrick setting a chunky rhythm, Big Dave and the rest of middle four providing the obligatory yam and bow pair creating a solid platform for the aforementioned yam to be laid. Crews being overtaken need to watch out for David’s sass, which will also be a treat for any spectators within earshot.

Novice Men – 2nd VIII

Cox – Jake Palmer

Stroke – Charles Stevenson

7 – Carlos Villareal

6 – Mateusz Szcezny

5 – Matthew Norman

4 – Karol Nedza

3 – Tom Gerard

2 – George Jack

Bow – Martin Drobis

The Novice Men’s 2nd VIII might be starting last off the line, but that just means there are more crews to overtake. Everyone in this crew started rowing this year and they have been training hard in the run up to the climax of the head season. Coming from all walks of life, students in this boat range from freshers to post graduates and even a qualified doctor! And having a crew doctor will probably come in handy after 6.8km of hard racing. Anyone watching from the tow path at Putney will see a line of pain faces after these boys leave everything out on the water and, hopefully, a line of crews behind them.

Good luck to all crews racing. HORR 2016 starts at 1:30 on Saturday 19th March, so please do come down and support the men.


Henley Women’s Regatta – The Results

The finale of the women’s season brought with it yet another first for the Club, when all of our women’s boats qualified for Henley Women’s Regatta. Having moved down to Henley earlier in the week, the 3 coxed fours were raring to go come Friday morning and the time trials. Both Academic 4s qualified in their category which was an impressive feat considering there were 31 crews fighting for only 16 spots. The Senior 4 meanwhile, had a slightly less competitive time trial with 17 crews for 16 spaces, however the crew had a good row and it was a great start to the weekend for them.

UCL’s Senior and two Academic Coxed Fours having just qualified for HWR (from top to bottom: Senior 4+, Academic A 4+, Academic B 4+)

The Academic 4s had their first race later that afternoon and whilst the A-boat had a straightforward win over Downing College, Cambridge with a verdict of 3 lengths, the B-boat unfortunately had a collision with their opponents UWE before the end of the island resulting in their disqualification and a row-over. It was a real shame that they didn’t get to race, however it was still a brilliant achievement to have qualified in such a competitive field, especially given 2 of the rowers in the boat had only started rowing back in September 2014.

Saturday saw the Senior 4’s first race in the heats against London/Vesta which they won with a verdict of 1 length; they got up off the start and then stayed out in front, knowing that the real challenge would come from Newcastle in the quarter finals that afternoon. That race was a different story unfortunately and it was Newcastle who jumped out to lead the race from the beginning, and despite a great row from the crew and a gutsy race, it was not enough to catch them up and they won by 1 1/3 lengths.

The Academic 4 A-crew had only the one race on Saturday and it was another comfortable win in their quarter final against UWE, with a verdict of 3 ½ lengths. The stage was then set for a formidable race between them and rivals UL in the semi-finals the next day.

UCL and UL had faced each other once before at MET Regatta and UCL had come out on top. Having been down off the start throughout most of the regatta season, the team had worked hard in the run up to Henley on their first 500m. It seemed to pay off as UCL stuck with UL as they came off the start; then a strong mid-race pace saw UCL pull away from UL in the middle section of the race, however they just couldn’t quite do enough to gain clear water and keep the strong finish from UL at bay. The verdict at the line was a win for UL of ½ a length. It was a fantastic race and UL went on to beat Newcastle University in the final by 2 ½ lengths and take home the Lester Trophy.

Although it was a disappointing finish for the girls, the overall UCL performance at HWR this year was one to be proud of and plans are already in the making to build on those results for next, where hopefully it will be UCL bringing home some of the medals!


Senior 4+

  • S:Louisa Bolton
  • 3: Claire Garnett
  • 2: Jess Rankine
  • B: Louis Blaire
  • Cox: Steph Stokes

Academic 4+ A

  • S: Georgia Statham
  • 3: Marijne Mak
  • 2: Holly Exton-Smith
  • B: Lucy Ellis
  • Cox: Florrie Beard

Academic 4+ B

  • S: Zoe Watson
  • 3: Inga Sagolla
  • 2: Tamsin Howard
  • B: Gemma Wells
  • Cox: Sophie Schuman


  • Jamie Smith
  • Alan “Woody” Sherman
  • Alan Sinclair
  • Chris Au

Henley Women’s Regatta….3 days to go

As is becoming tradition, it’s been a long time since our last post so lots to quickly catch up on before talking about the main event that is just three days away now…

  • Went to Avis, Portugal for training camp and the women retained the title of Milka Challenge Cup Champions (just…)
  • Won a bronze medal in Intermediate 8s at BUCS Regatta (just 0.88 seconds behind Gold), the first time a medal has been won in the 8 at this Regatta
  • Had a weekend of testing involving 2k tests and seat racing to decide who was going be representing UCLBC at Henley Women’s Regatta
  • Raced at MET Regatta where the top Academic 4+ won WIm3 4+ on Saturday and on Sunday, the two top 4s came together to compete in the Challenge 8s and came 2nd in the B final (less than half a second behind the winners of WIm2 8+)
  • Had another win at Peterborough Regatta in the WNov 8+
  • Spent 5 days in Henley on our last training camp of the year and final line-ups for the crews being entered into Henley Women’s Regatta were confirmed
  • Reading Regatta saw the top Academic 4+’s winning streak continue with a win in WIm3 4+ on Saturday and WIm1 4+ on Sunday

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All crews will race in the qualifiers on Friday morning and will need to come in the top 16 crews to ensure their crew then races in the 3-day regatta. After an incredibly successful year for the UCLBC Women’s squad in which numerous medals have been won, records broken and firsts have happened, there is now only one regatta left and hopes are high for the top Academic 4+ to continue their unbeaten record and finish off the season with another Henley Women’s win.

UCLBC crews entered into Henley Women’s Regatta

Senior 4+

Cox: Steph Stokes
S: Louisa Bolton
3: Claire Garnett
2: Jess Rankine
B: Louise Blair

Academic 4+ A

Cox: Florrie Beard
S: Georgia Statham
3: Marijne Mak
2: Holly Exton-Smith
B: Lucy Ellis

Academic 4+ B

Cox: Sophie Schauman
S: Zoe Watson
3: Inga Sagolla
2: Tamsin Howard
B: Gemma Wells


Jamie Smith
Alan Sherman (“Woody”)
Alan Sinclair
Chris Au