Churchill College Boat Club was founded in 1961, soon after the college itself. Since then the club has gone from strength to strength, with our first boats generally being found in the first divisions of both May and Lent Bumps. CCBC won the Pegasus Cup in 2013! The Pegasus Cup is awarded annually to the most successful college boat club competing in the May Bumps!
Membership is open to all members of Churchill College, and contrary to popular belief it does not involve getting up at 5 o'clock every morning! The club caters for everyone, whether they want to row once a week or once a day, and all crews are encouraged to enter the many rowing events that take place on the Cam throughout the year.
The club tries to emphasise the social aspect of rowing as much as the physical side, and formal swaps with other colleges are a regular occurrence. At the end of every term there is the legendary Boat Club Dinner, a huge formal hall in college where everyone can celebrate the term's achievements in the traditional way - by the responsible consumption of alcohol.
Our website tells you all about rowing at Churchill College and includes results, race reports, photos, and a section on how get involved and start rowing yourself! We also have a Youtube channel full of videos of our crews in action.
CCBC on Twitter
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 15:55
Chris Baddeley has set up a boat club twitter account. Follow @CHU_BC for the latest results and club info!
Lents 2015, Final Day
Monday, 02 March 2015 11:39
What a crazy end to the week! Churchill won the Marconi cup by a convincing margin (total of 40 points, an aggregate of +10 across Churchill's 3 crews). Every Churchill crew put in a convincing performance this week, which was reflective on the long hours training for every crew member this term. M1 finished off the week on a high achieving +5 blades - the first time a Churchill first boat has won their blades in a decade. The women finished the week on +2, an incredible result, particularly given the number of new faces in the crew this year. M2 similarly finished the week on a high, bumping up on the final day to finish at +3 (unfortunately just missing out on their blades by crews quickly bumping out in front on the first day). Selected photos from the week are attached. This has certainly been an incredible week for Churchill, and so we go into May term in a strong position, hoping to once again move Churchill up the charts back to where we belong. I do hope all our alumni and supporters will consider joining us for May's Boat Club Dinner which will this year be held on Saturday 13th June.
Race Reports for the final day are included below:
M1 Result: Bumped! (+5, blades!) Chasing Emmanuel M1, chased by Trinity Hall M1 A slightly nervy row up as the sense of occasion go to us but a couple of quick starts to give us confidence going into the race. We knew it would be a tough race chasing Emma, a crew with a lot of experience and who had beaten us at Pembroke Regatta a couple of weeks earlier. A powerful, if scrappy start gave way to some great race pace through a massive gear change and we settled into what we expected to be a long bump. Gaining our first whistle past the motorway bridge we made a series of moves into them, relentlessly pushing into them for every whistle in the same devastating way we have moved through crews all week – the whole boat could sense how close we were to the bump (particularly Daniel at 2 as we had so much overlap he was staring straight at their cox...) giving it all we had and being rewarded with the bump on First post corner. Rowing home with the flag, some rather excellent rowing by Marla and coxing by Dan followed a quick dip in the Cam is one of my proudest moments with CCBC. Very, very proud of the whole crew for an almost faultless week, blading +5 back to Division 1!
W1 Result: Rowed over (+2 for the week) Chasing Pembroke W1, chased by Peterhouse W1 W1 finished off an amazing bumps campaign with a solid row-over after Catz gave up before 1st post and a further 4 crews ahead bumped out, finishing with a 4 length lead over Peterhouse who had mistakenly thought they had a chance of revenge after the previous day. An overall great result of up 2 in the first division with very limited bumps experience! Bring on Mays!!
M2 Result: Bumped! (+3 for the week) Chasing St Catherine's M2, chased by Hughes Hall M1 M2 were going into the final day with a lot of confidence and intention to finish the already successful bumps campaign with the third and final bump. The start of the race wasn't ideal, but as soon as we started gaining it was over for Catz M2. We caught up and bumped them on the grassy corner, right in front of the public. After we pulled in we were approached by Cam FM, and the stroke and the cox gave short live interviews "on the amazing bump", midway through swapping the seats. Overall, +3 for M2, a very satisfying results. Looking forward to Mays!
Lents 2015, Day 3
Saturday, 28 February 2015 10:49
Fantastic results from Day 3, leaving Churchill top of the Marconi Cup table leading the pack by a significant margin! Bumps all round for the Churchill crews, with M1 bumping twice to reclaim their place in the top Men's Division! The crews have worked hard for this and these bumps have certainly not been easy (see attached photos courtesy of Chris Down).
Race Reports below:
Result: Bumped! Chasing Magdalene M1, chased by Selwyn M1.
Race 2 (as Sandwich boat)
Chasing Trinity Hall M1
A pretty successful day all-in for M1; after we took so much out of Magdalene yesterday we went for the short, quick sprint – a clean, fast start got us up to 1 whistle by First Post corner, a big push out saw us continue to gain, completely walking through them and getting the bump on grassy, leaving us plenty of energy for another row as sandwich boat.
Knowing that Tit Hall had more speed we decided on a longer race strategy, settling into our strong, fast race pace off the settle and it was a bit of a surprise getting a whistle so quickly under the Motorway Bridge. Choppy water under the bridge meant we held it here for a while before making a decisive move into them, once we’d broken the elastic the whistles came quickly before First Post corner – a late concede by their cox meant we had around 2 seats of overlap before we got the bump, a fairly short period as sandwich boat! Some great rowing at both ends of spectrum by the crew today to set us up well for tomorrow and what is bound to be a tough day chasing Emmanuel.
W1 Result: Bumped!
Chasing Peterhouse W1, Chased by Maggie W1
An amazing row from W1 today, went up to a length on Peterhouse before a blockage on the plough meant a rereow from 2 boats ahead. We went all out on our second chance and caught them just on the turn into Grassy - beastly ladies!! Pembroke better watch out...
M2 Result: Bumped!
Chasing Hughes Hall M1. Chased by Peterhouse M2
M2 was going into the 3rd day of bumps with a high level of confidence after getting a quick bump the day before, but at the same time we were preparing for a long race chasing Hughes Hall M1. Despite some trouble with one of the footplates on the reach, we got the focus back quickly and had a powerful practice start, setting us up for a good race. The actual start didn't feel less powerful, and compared to the day before it was very controlled and relaxed in the expectation of a long chase. Luckily for us, we had underestimated our power, and steadily gained on HHM1, crashing blades with them on the grassy corner. Looking forward to completing a successful bumps campaign tomorrow with a bump on Catz M2. Good luck to all the Churchill crews on the last day. Forward!
Day 2 Lents 2015
Friday, 27 February 2015 00:36
Day 2 Race Results W1 Result: Bump! Chasing Lady Margaret W1, chased by Girton W1 W1 had a strong bump today, holding LMBC at 1/2 length from 1st post around the corners, an almost bump on Ditton, resulted in interesting evasive action from the LMBC cox. We continued to move past them, but got bored when coxes were level and went in for the kill - bumping halfway down the reach. Watch out Peterhouse - vengeance is coming!
M1 Result: Bump! Chasing Selwyn M1, chased by Caius M2 Bit of a nervous start to the race, divisions were running behind and the 4 minute cannon went before we’d even span to get to station, the crew dealt with it admirably though getting focused in despite being lined up very late. We knew with Selwyn ahead of us and a demoted Magdalene ahead of them there was the possibility of a sandwich – at slow start by Magdalene meant that we were forced to respond and put a push in barely out of our start sequence, with Selwyn half a length behind Magdalene we gained our second whistle at from then on rowed through them, moving from 2 whistles to overlap and a bump on grassy corner. Some of the best rowing we’ve done all term with a huge amount of attack with cool heads leading to a very satisfying bump, the possibility of sandwich boat calls tomorrow.
M2 Result: Bump! Chasing Peterhouse M2, chased by Clare Hall M1 A quick bump from M2, as expected. Peterhouse M2 collapsed under our pressure, and caught a crab as we were at half a length, just after the first post corner. We crashed into them quite dramatically, making the boat turn perpendicular to the flow of the river, and resulting in the whole division behind us having to re-row. Looking forward to bumping Hughes Hall M1 tomorrow.
Lents 2015, Day 1
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 21:42
Lents 2015: Day 1 Bumps Results
Chasing Peterhouse W1, Chased by Kings W1
A strong row over for W1 today, going up to half a length on Peterhouse, sadly their greater experience paid off allowing them to get away around Grassy and eventually bump Maggie on the reach. Today was the first bumps for 6 of our crew so we have all learned from the experience, and are now prepared to go all out and hit Maggie tomorrow.
M1 Chasing Caius M2, Chased by Downing M2
A good clean start from the whole crew saw us send Downing M2 into the distance and gain 2 whistles on Caius M2 by grassy, coming round into the dirty water and with crews behind us having bumped out meant they held us well past the plough, a good line and strong push through Ditton meant that we ate into them and a big move finished them off on the reach. Big day tomorrow as crews start to come down from div 1.
Chasing Clare M2, Chased by FaT M3
M2 started off strong and got a whistle on Clare M2 after about 20 strokes. Unfortunately they managed to bump right before the first corner, and we were left to chase a strong Emma M2 three boats ahead of us. They also bumped out shortly after, leaving us with almost no hope for a bump, chasing Catz M2 who started 11.5 lengths ahead of us. Despite this, we didn't drop the pressure and gained 7-8 lengths on them, finishing just about 4 lengths behind them and about 4 lengths ahead of the chasing Fat M3, having a comfortable row over. We will be chasing Peterhouse M2 on the 2nd day. High hopes for the first bump!