The Clare Hall Boat Club (CHBC) was founded in 1995, making CHBC 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 a women's team that competes in both collegiate and town competitions. Historically, the Clare Hall Boat Club has been quite successful in the Bumps races: there are five blades on the wall in the ALB; and in 2010, we won the Pegasus Cup, awarded to the team with the best performance in May Bumps. In 2016 the Women’s team had a particularly strong May Bumps, over bumping on the final day to get blades and a result of +5 positions on the river.
We think rowing is fun because it provides the opportunity to meet other Clare Hall members. It's a team sport that binds the crew, and it lets us forget academic life for a while, giving the brain time to rest. Not to mention the chance to see beautiful mornings over the River Cam.
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 fundraisers to keep the club going. The funds are used for new equipment (including a much-needed cox box), boat repairs, coaching and race fees.
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, but couldn't make the recent novice recruiting day, then please e-mail the corresponding captain.