Boat Club

QCBC is the largest club at Queens’ and over 40% of students row during their
time at Cambridge. We are the only sport to offer professional coaching in every
term. People participate at all levels, from complete novice to Boat Race veteran.

Rowing is a team sport and, in Cambridge, usually involves boats of eight rowers
and a cox. Timing and coordination of the whole crew are vital to boat speed,
making technique as important as fitness and strength. Thousands of students
learn to row during each Michealmas term on the Cam, culminating in the Novice
Fairbairns in December. Queens’ Ergs (our own novice indoor event), the first
big competition in the calendar, attracts over 1000 participants from across the

Learning to row from complete beginner is easier to organise and more fun if
you start in October; although there may be seats for novices in June. However,
you don’t have to be a fresher to novice; learning to row in your second or third
year is a great way to make friends with the fresher’s and stop feeling left out of
all the boatie fun.

In March and June, all college crews take part in the unique Bumps races. The
aim is to crash your boat into the one in front before the crew behind crashes
into you! This leads to some of the most exciting and well supported competition
you will ever be involved in.

Bumps is raced in eights and coxing is a vital part of the racing. We welcome
current and train novice coxes. You’ll gain the skills to steer the boat, motivate
the crew when racing and correct their technique in training. This makes the cox
perhaps the most influential member of the crew.

QCBC is a very sociable club, providing many opportunities to meet students
from other years at Queens’ and other colleges at Cambridge; at Boatie Formals,
our Bonfire Night party, Fairbairns cocktails and the infamous Bumps Dinners.
There will be a boat club squash in fresher’s week, where lots of current
members can tell you more or contact one of the captains for more details in the


Luke Chapman
Luke Chapman,
Sports, Societies and Entertainments Officer