Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs is the umbrella organisation for student rowing at the University of Cambridge, consisting of the University and College Boat Clubs.

As well as organising the Lent and May Bumps, CUCBC also regulates student clubs' use of the River Cam.

Coronavirus Update - 17th August 2020

In light of British Rowing's move to Phase E of their guidance on the return to rowing, CUCBC’s advice to college clubs remains the same - please do not rush into any changes, and make sure you’re working with boathouse staff and college authorities to develop plans which implement the British Rowing advice, as well as incorporating any extra measures required by your college or specific to your boathouse.

Please do not proceed with the implementation of any plans until your college authorities have been consulted and signed off on them.

Coronavirus Update - 9th July 2020

British Rowing continue to update their advice on rowing in England. They have recently updated their detailed guidance to assist rowing clubs in planning their re-opening and this has been accompanied by a move to "Phase C" of their advice. This does not significantly change anything with regards to on-water activities, apart from allowing groups of singles to go out together.

Many CRA Rowing Clubs (Town Clubs) have now implemented plans to allow for limited access to the river, so there are more single scullers (or doubles / pairs if there are multiple people from the same household) on the river. Please note that they will be there in accordance with both Government and British Rowing advice, and should be maintaining social distancing at all times. Any college boatclubs wishing to put similar plans in place should refer to the advice sent to their CUCBC emails back in May before creating those plans, and must ensure they've been signed off by the relevant college authorities.

Coronavirus Update - 23rd May 2020

In light of updated Government Advice, British Rowing have begun to relax the restrictions on rowing in England. They have since published detailed guidance to assist rowing clubs in planning their re-opening (British Rowing are currently in "Phase B" of their advice).

College Boatclub Captains should read the advice sent to their CUCBC emails before creating any plans.

Some CRA Rowing Clubs (Town Clubs) have already implemented plans to allow for limited access to the river. As college boatclubs put plans in place (once they've been signed off by the relevant college authorities) and more of the town clubs implement their own plans, there may be more single scullers (or doubles / pairs if there are multiple people from the same household) on the river. Please note that they will be there in accordance with both Government and British Rowing advice, and should be maintaining social distancing at all times.

Statements from CUCBC

Wednesday 8th April 2020:

Dear friends,

This is to officially confirm that the 2020 May Bumps scheduled for 10-13 June are cancelled. This is in line with the general transfer of the University to a virtual existence, and with BR and government advice.

We look forward to reconvening in happier times, and will be in touch again as soon as appropriate.

With all our best wishes,
David Munday on behalf of the CUCBC committees.
--
Dr David Munday, Chairman, Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs

Tuesday 17th March 2020:

Dear friends,

I regret to have to let you know the following, taken in the light of advice from the University and BR and the government:

  • The Small Boat Regatta is cancelled - refunds will be arranged for those who have entered, in due course.
  • The Easter term captains' meetings will not be held.
  • We have not yet been instructed directly to cancel large events, but we will monitor evolving government, BR and University advice over the coming weeks and update you when we have a clearer picture as to the Mays.

You will probably have received information via your Colleges about the overall emergency planning in the University, which it is not my business to repeat here, but the CUCBC aims to follow this advice closely, and to be consistent with it: one statement is at https://www.cam.ac.uk/coronavirus

We would like to stress that we're all volunteers and none of us are experts in public health. Clubs must continue to exercise their own judgement and common sense. However, with that said, we have the following thoughts:

  1. Our interpretation of the statement by the Prime Minister yesterday evening (specifically that 'now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others') is that we would discourage crew outings at the moment. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-on-coronavirus-16-march-2020.

    We have also noted the British Rowing guidance issued prior to the government statement, which can be found at https://www.britishrowing.org/2020/03/ceo-update-on-coronavirus-covid-19/ - all BR events are suspended until at least the end of April.

  2. There are a few races scheduled in the coming weeks organised by CRA clubs. They will each make their own assessment of whether it is appropriate to postpone or cancel - at the present time the decision as to whether or not to enter is left to individual crews. We understand from informal contacts that many of these races will not run.

We will be in touch as and when we have more to say, in the meantime please do what you can to look after yourselves.

With all best wishes,
David Munday.
--
Dr David Munday, Chairman, Cambridge University Combined Boat Clubs

Wildlife Guidance

A reminder of the Wildlife guidance from the Cambridge River Users Group (also found in our Guidance for Coxes and Coaches). This post will be updated with known nest locations in Spring 2020.

(Updated 3rd October 2019)

Forthcoming River Closures

Weekend Rowing: All crews may boat at 11:00am on both days.

Early Morning Restrictions: All crews may boat at lighting down; crews boating within 15 minutes of lighting down must carry white lights visible through 360o. Crews boating within 15 minutes of lighting down must row full-crew and full-slide until at least Chesterton Footbridge, and must row all of the way to Baitsbite lock before spinning. Crews unable to meet these requirements may not boat within 15 minutes of lighting down.

Evening Hours are in effect during 17:30-20:00 on weekdays during Easter Full Term for upper boats only. Please see the Evening Rowing page for more information.

Details of forthcoming closures of the river to CUCBC crews are shown below. All are for the river downstream of Chesterton Corner / Green Dragon Footbridge unless stated otherwise. Where an event allows row throughs for Senior Crews, these are defined as crews which may row below Baitsbite lock (i.e first boats and crews in the first two divisions of May Bumps).

Date Time Event/Note
Thur 13th - Wed 28th August Various Chisolm Trail Jetty Installation - see calendar

External Event Calendars: CRA | Conservancy

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