Clare Hall Boat Club

Welcome to Clare Hall Boat Club

The Clare Hall Boat Club was founded in 1995, making us the youngest college rowing club in Cambridge.  We store our boats in the Clare Boat House in Cutter Ferry Lane.  We have a men's and women's team that competes in both collegiate and town competitions. Historically, the Clare Hall Boat Club has had a lot of success in the Bumps races; there are five blades on the wall in the ALB and in 2010 and 2019 we won the Pegasus Cup, awarded to the team with the best performance in the May Bumps.

Read more about the history of the Boat Club.

President Statement

It is my pleasure to be the President of Clare Hall Boat Club for 2021-2022. As we return from more than a year disrupted by Covid-19, it has been great to see dozens of new rowers join us on the river at the start of this year. With a strong, experienced core and enthusiastic recruits, we are quickly developing crews of both men and women for a successful showing during Lent and May bumps and invite all College members and alumni to join us along the river and at the boathouse to enjoy the festivities when CHBC races.

- Collin Smith

Support Us

CHBC represents Clare Hall in competing against other collegiate crews at the University of Cambridge. Around 30 people row with us each academic year and our members are either full-time students or researchers at the University. Rowing is an expensive sport, and all our members have to maintain good marks and rigorous research schedules while training throughout the week. Since the club does not charge any membership fees and receives limited funding from the College, we rely on fundraising to keep the club going.

Help us replace our Men’s VIII!

Clare Hall is a registered charity (number 1137491) which means that if you are a UK taxpayer, and you complete a Gift Aid Declaration form, we can reclaim tax so that the value of your gift to us increases by over 25%.

If you have any questions then please contact 

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. We appreciate your continued commitment and will make sure that all funds are used to secure a great future for rowing at Clare Hall.

Join Us

The Clare Hall Boat Club looks for new members each year. We train new rowers and coxes at the start of the academic year, and it is an excellent way to experience a traditional Cambridge activity.

At least 10% of the Cambridge student body rows. It takes commitment, but the pain of rowing in the winter months is rewarded by glorious outings in the spring and summer. As well as getting fit, the rowing community organises lots of social events. If you're new to the sport, don't be afraid to sign up to row or cox - most of us had never been in a boat before we arrived here. And if you are already an experienced rower or a cox, we would love to have you join us on the river. In addition to the boats, we have ergo machines upstairs in the boathouse, where you can practice your stroke. You can also use the two ergo machines in the College gym at West Court.

If you are interested in rowing then please e-mail the relevant captain below.

Boat Club President

Collin Smith

Men's co-captains

Peter Kirwan

Lukas Gaudiesius

Women's captain

Alicia Curth


Are you one of the fabulous few who rowed or coxed for the black, red and yellow? We love our Alumni and want to keep you updated on news and events around the boathouse.

Please send an email or fill in our online form at and we will add a note to our alumni database.