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.
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.
Churchill win the Pegasus Cup 2013! The Pegasus Cup is awarded annually to the most successful college boat club competing in the May Bumps! Great work everyone!
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!
Autumn Head and Uni IVs
Sunday, 08 December 2013 14:19
W1 participated in the Rob Roy Autumn Head forming a IV. After only one week of training as a crew we managed to finish third in our division. An encouraging start of Michaelmas term.
W1 participated in the first heat knowing that this would be our only race in the competition due to complicated time constraints. The strong wind gusts provided a good opportunity to gain more experience facing a Lent bumps-like weather. Unfortunately, Emma W1 proved to cope better with the conditions and beat us by half a boat length.
Barbora Janulikova Women's Captain
Emma Sprints 2013
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 13:57
Churchill NM2's first race of the term was Emma Sprints, which they entered as 'VIII in the Pink'. Garbed in new pink t-shirts for the occasion, and shivering in their seats, they drew up to the start line, unsure of how they compared with other NM2s. The first race against Corpus was won easily and cleanly, giving a huge morale boost the the crew. A few mince pies later and they were ready for the second round, against Trinity. Churchill got a good lead but then things started to go wrong, with all sense of timing lost. They pulled it together however, and won the race by over a length. Next was the semi-finals against Christs. This race was tougher but Churchill gradually pulled away to win. Then the final against Hughes Hall: a neck and neck start, but Hughes caught a major crab and Churchill got a strong lead, which they maintained and increased throughout the race, to win Emma Sprints 2013 M2 division.
Jeremy Parker LBC
Churchill NW1 Pink Panthers took on Corpus Christi for the first race. Our start was strong and we took on the lead right from the beginning, beating Corpus by at least two boat lengths. With the second round being raced against Emma, we knew we needed to be more controlled with more power on the legs. Our start was strong and we managed to stay ahead of them until the last 200m where we caught a crab that we couldn't recover from. Once Emma realised this, they gave a final push and managed to take the win at very end. It was a good race and, as novices, a lot was learned.
Ellie and Natalie LBCs
St Neots Regatta 2013
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 18:31
Those of us rowing in the VIII will know that the victory at St Neots was well earned but we'd perhaps have preferred opposition of a slightly higher standard to give us a run for our money. Fortunately, our work during the week, which led on very smoothly from where we had finished last term, allowed us to easily win both our semi-final and final against Ancholme and Norwich respectively. With guest cox Callum Mantell even being able to wind us down to 22 against Ancholme as we strolled away. The final was much the same story, it did take a few hundred metres to dispatch of Norwich who were a younger and fitter crew than Ancholme. It's great to see that we can enter IM3 and walk out with an easy win and knowing that if crews had turned up that were much faster we could still have walked to victory. More pots and points and still plenty more to come next year.
The double, comprising of Jones and Green started off the day knowing that if we won all of our races we'd be through to a final against a Cauis double that had current M1 members and were slightly, well, larger than us. We began with an easy victory against Nottingham who appeared not to be able to steer, whilst we were lane swapping we watched them row into a stationary boat. I think we may have criticised this tactic slightly early, given that in our second race we had a head on collision with a boat rowing up on the outside of our lane, losing our bow ball but not hope as the old men from Peterborough rowed past. We restarted and sprinted to the finish looking to the crowd as though nothing had happened as we walked to a second victory. The final was difficult, we were matched stroke for stroke by a strong Caius, our steering was good and we like to think the pressure (and the pink) gave them some steering issues, losing a boat length or two they couldn't catch up with the distance between us growing very slightly as we rowed towards the second pot of the day.
Dan Jones, Men's Captain
St. Neots was a good racing experience for four remaining members of W1. Despite only a few preparative outings in advance, we started off very motivated under the guidance of David Roche as our cox. However, a cox box failure that was solved by using an ancient coxing cone found in the boat house and the lack of time to create more coherency in the boat both gave advantage to our rival from Newark, who were a solid IV crew and beat us in the first heat.
Barbora Janulikova, Women's Captain
May Bumps Day 4 2013
Monday, 17 June 2013 14:10
Result: Rowed over (Div 2) and bumped Magdelene M1 (Div 1)
In order to have an opportunity to accomplish our aim of reclaiming a place in the first division, we first had to row over at the head of the second. This was achieved; the momentary scare caused by Tit Hall closing in to a length being swiftly dealt with. And so we lined up for our seventh bumps start in four days at the foot of the first division. There was certainly no sign of fatigue though and we got off to a storming start, gaining a whistle on Magdelene early. The whistles just kept coming and the bump was made just after the motorway bridge. The crew was left enjoy the crowds on the row home, having taken Churchill back where they belong in the first division!
Edward Martin, Men's Captain
Result: Bumped Selwyn W1
Churchill W1 bumped Selwyn right in front of the home crowd who came down for Jim and Chris' retirement dinner. Having bumped both Kings and Selwyn this May Bumps, W1 went up 3, secured their place in Div 1 and regained the title of queens of the boat house!
Result: Bumped Magdalene M2
We came into the final day off the back of a very nice bump on Fitz. Our row up was focused as ever and we enjoyed two very good practice starts. The race itself was another brief affair. Just before the cannon conditions worsened considerably, but this wasn't going to stop us. We got the first whistle off the start, with the second following swiftly. While they held us there for a brief period coming under the motorway bridge we made up that last 1/2 length and they conceded the bump just past the bridge. It was another great performence from M2 to give us a total score of +3. A really solid campaign and I hope that next year we can go one better and blade.
Jack Jervoise, M2 Captain
Result: Bumped Robinson W2
Confident that we could get either the bump on Robinson or the overbump on Kings, we showed up at our marshaling point ready to rumble and claim the blades we missed out on last term. Robinson, however, did not. Scratching during bumps gives the crew behind (us) a technical bump as long as we could row past Robinson's station. We asked CUCBC if we could forego a technical bump on Robinson and instead row on for the overbump. In all of the alternatives we proposed, we were threatened with disqualification. At the end of the day, we were forced to row past station for the easiest possible bump to secure our blades. Though this 4th day was unusual, we did not earn blades just from that bump - we earned them in weeks of hard training and three well-deserved bumps on the previous days. Glad we were able to round out 2 sets of blades and the Pegasus cup for Churchill College Boat Club!!
Judy Savitskaya, W2 Captain
Result: Bumped Clare M6
Having seen Clare M6 bump earlier in the week, we expected our last day to be the hardest, and were prepared to try for an overbump. However, we gained quickly off a neat start, and bumped cleanly within 40 strokes, to win our blades.