Novices

Welcome to St Catharine's!

You possibly haven't rowed (or coxed!) before, but you're at the best place to start. College rowing caters for all shapes, sizes and abilities, and SCCBC is a prime example. Whether you fancy yourself as the next George Nash (former Catz student and 2012/16 Olympic medallist) or whether you just want to have a bit of fun and get away from work, rowing at Catz will suit you. We also have a strong social side, with regular crew swaps and curry nights, as well as the infamous end of term Boat Club Dinners.

Click here for a map to the newly refurbished boathouse, and here for a map of the stretch of the Cam that we predominantly row on.

Until the end of Michaelmas, the Novice squad provides an opportunity for those with no prior experience of rowing (the overwhelming majority of rowers at Cambridge) to have a bit of fun and get to grips with the basics, whilst those who've rowed before train with the Senior squad. From then on the two squads are combined, making the 1st boats accessible to anyone, regardless of prior experience.

The culmination of the year is May Bumps, a form of (questionably) organised carnage. Held over four days, much of the university hits the riverbank to watch 17 crews at a time attempt to crash into (or 'bump') the crew ahead of them, without getting bumped by the one behind. As well as being the student sporting event with the widest participation in the country (over 1500 competitors last year!), it is also one of the most intense adrenaline-fuelled experiences you can have at University.

It's all rather fun.

We look forward to seeing you at the Boat Club Squash at the beginning of term! If you have any queries, or would like to express your interest, then please contact the relevant Lower Boat Captains:

Women's Lower Boat Captains: Fiona Conlon (fgc27), Sarah Laughton (sl801), Gabby Deora (gd404)
Men's Lower Boat Captains: Chris Eddy (ce302), William Norman (whn23), James Wagstaff (jw725), Jeff McHugh (jm2080)
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