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.


Wildlife Guidance

A reminder of the Wildlife guidance from the Cambridge River Users Group (also found in our Guidance for Coxes and Coaches).

There are two families of swans with cygnets, one of which tend to spend their time around Ditton / Grassy, and the other on the Long Reach and upstream towards the P&E.

(Updated 9th July 2021)

Forthcoming River Closures

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

Early Morning Restrictions: All Senior crews may boat at lighting down; crews boating within 15 minutes of lighting down must carry white lights visible through 360o. Novice crews may boat from 07:30am.

Evening Hours are in effect during 17:30-20:00 on weekdays during Easter Full Term for upper boat training 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
Sun 12 September 08:30-18:30 Cambridge Autumn Regatta
Sat 09 October 10:00-16:00 Robs SBH
Sat 16 October 10:00-14:30 Cambridge Autumn Head (TBC)

(Updated 01 Sept 2021)

Details of river closures for November/December will be updated at the start of term.

External Event Calendars: CRA | Conservancy

'Smaller Boats' Regatta June 2021

In place of the cancelled University Fours and Small Boats' Regattas, in the Easter Term of 2021 there was a combined regatta for 4s and small boats, which ran from Monday 7th to Friday 11th June. Race results are now available here.

Instead of the usual 'chasing' format, races were run side-by-side over the Pembroke Regatta course, roughly 1100m from the bottom of the long reach to Peter's Posts. Novice 1x races were run over their usual 500m course.

June Eights' Regatta

A one-off side-by-side Regatta held on the Long reach, to replace the cancelled 2021 May Bumps.

The June Eights Regatta ran from Monday 21st June to Thursday 24th June.

Further information is available on the June Eights' Regatta page.

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.

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