Queens' College Boat Club (QCBC) is one of the largest Clubs on the river and provides opportunities for novices, seniors and alumni to get involved in rowing/coxing throughout the year.
There are three major on-Cam races (one in each of the Michaelmas, Lent and Easter Terms) that our crews compete in: The Fairbairn Cup, Lent Bumps, and May Bumps. The Lent and May Bumps are a unique four-day event where Colleges line up one behind the other along the river and begin rowing at the sound of a cannon. The aim of each crew is to catch-up and "bump" the crew ahead and, simultaneously, avoid being "bumped" by the crew behind. The start order is dependent on the previous day's results and is carried over each year. If a crew moves up four places on consecutive days, they achieve "blades". Our men's 1st crew "bladed" in May Bumps 2022 and Lent Bumps 2023, our women's 1st crew bladed in May Bumps 2023, and our women's 3rd crews have bladed in May Bumps for three consecutive campaigns (2019, 2022, and 2023).
The College recently launched a campaign to raise funds for a new boat for the women's 1st crew.
We are delighted to announce that this project was completed in August 2023, providing the Boat Club with £45,000 for the purchase of a new Filippi. We are incredibly grateful to the 22 QCBC alumni who came forward to support this campaign, with special thanks to Alex Stout (1995) whose pledge to match all gifts received until we hit a total of £20,000 proved key in garnering wider support. We look forward to inviting our donors to the Boat Naming Ceremony in due course.
If you're an incoming student, there is always a "Boatie Squash" during Freshers' week and QCBC will have a stall at the Queens' Freshers' Fair that you can check out!
Boar's Head is our alumni group that allows QCBC members to remain active in rowing/coxing after graduation. For more information on staying involved, please see the contact links below.
Boathouse facilities (including a gymnasium) are available for use by members of QCBC.
- The QCBC website has further details on boat club membership, access to facilities and boat club activities
- Email email@example.com with enquiries
- The QCBC Facebook page has the latest news and pictures
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William Warlow (1877) - Blue Boat 1880
Richard Prior (1877) - Blue Boat 1880
Anthony Butcher (1928) - Blue Boat 1932
Peter Giles (1944) - Blue Boat 1947 (British squash 1948 & 1950)
Peter de Giles (1945) - Blue Boat
Iain Clayre (1954) - Blue Boat 1957 (Ladies Plate, Henley 1955)
Jonathan Ward (1956) - Goldie 1957
Robert Walmsley (1959) - Blue Boat 1962
John Maasland (1960) - Blue Boat 1963
Peter Webb (1960) - Blue Boat 1963
Alastair Simpson (1961) - Blue Boat 1964
Martin Beckett (1961) - Blue Boat 1963
Rodney Ward (1963) - Blue Boat 1964 & 1965
Chris Dalley (1967) - Blue Boat 1970
Graham Hughes (1969) - Blue Boat
Mark Gritten (1973) - Blue Boat 1976
Nick Prosser (1977) - Goldie
Simon Harris (1980) - Blue Boat 1981 & 1982
Kemlin Furley (1983) - Blondie
Karina Lacey (1983) - Blondie
Jenny Halbert (1984) - Blondie
Martha Plessas Sweeney (1986) - Blue Boat (first female Blues rower)
Matthew James (1992) - Goldie
Miles Barnett (1992) - Blue Boat 1995 & 1996
Kat Astley (1994) - Blue Boat 1996
Valentina Futoryanova (2001) - Blondie
Kris Coventry (2002) - Blue Boat 2003 & 2004
Charlie Adams (2006) - Lightweight Boat 2011
Chris Clark (2007) - Blondie 2012
Giovanni Bergamo-Andreis (2013) - Lightweight Boat 2014 & 2015
Ian Middleton (2013) - Blue boat 2015 & 2016 (Goldie 2017)
William Warr (2014) - Blue Boat 2015
Lucy Harris (2016) - Lightweight Boat 2018
Timothy Tracey (2016) - Blue Boat 2017
Becky Hartwell (2016) - Lightweight Boat 2018
Gerard Kuenning (2017) - Goldie 2018
Freddie Markanday (2017) - Lightweight Boat 2018 & 2022
Laura Foster (2017) - Blue Boat 2019
Brett Taylor (2020) - Blue Boat 2023
Ruby Tew (2021) - Blue Boat 2022
Grace Prendergast (2021) - Blue Boat 2022
Queens' College Boathouse,
Telephone: 01223 740633 (University Extension: 40633)
Map: Queens' Boathouse