Women's Boat Club (CUWBC)

Women's Boat Club (CUWBC)

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Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club ('CUWBC') was founded in 1941 and prepares three crews to compete against Oxford in the Boat Races: two Heavyweight VIIIs (The Blue Boat and the reserve crew, Blondie) and a Lightweight VIII (CUWBC Lightweights).

Our enormous progress is down to every one of the women who have rowed (or coxed) for the Club – whether Blondie, Blue or Lightweight – and everyone else who has coached or helped us along the way. Your determination to break down barriers and boundaries in the face of adversity paved the way for equality for today’s women at Cambridge. You made a choice then to be part of an elite club that was at the forefront of women’s sporting performance, and although the kit and equipment might have changed, the spirit and drive has not. The crews that will line up at the Tideway and Henley in April follow in your footsteps.

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Cambridge owes its world-leading excellence in research and teaching to the generosity of its supporters. Our history is synonymous with a history of far-sighted benefaction, and the same is as true today as it has ever been.

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Founded in 1941, the Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club (CUWBC) began as a student-run club, reliant on volunteer coaches and the support of College clubs for equipment and training facilities.