Newnham College Boat Club

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Newnham College Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Cambridge boathouses - Jesus.jpg
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Location Cambridge, United Kingdom
Coordinates 52°12′39.54″N 0°7′52.87″E / 52.2109833°N 0.1313528°E / 52.2109833; 0.1313528 (Newnham College Boat Club)Coordinates: 52°12′39.54″N 0°7′52.87″E / 52.2109833°N 0.1313528°E / 52.2109833; 0.1313528 (Newnham College Boat Club)
Home water River Cam
Founded 1893 (1893)
Affiliations British Rowing
Newnham Short Course Regatta
Notable members
Anna Watkins

Newnham College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Newnham College, Cambridge. The club has a year-round senior squad and invites all members of the college to learn to row by joining the novice squads during Michaelmas or Easter terms.

The club was founded in 1893 and pioneered women's rowing at Cambridge University. The first bumps races for women were held in 1974 and since then have continued to be major events in the club's calendar. In the Lent Bumps, the 1st VIII has rarely finished outside the top-9 places, and has spent most of its time in the top-5, taking the headship in 1977, 1982 and 1983. In the May Bumps, the 1st IV and 1st VIII has never finished outside the top-10 places, taking the headship in 1975, 1976 and in 2003.


In 1976 in the May Bumps, Newnham I were head on the 2nd day, and Newnham II were in 2nd position. No other women's club has managed to get a 2nd boat into 2nd place. The only men's club to have managed it was 1st Trinity, whose 2nd boat bumped its 1st boat in the 1875 races to finish in 2nd place behind Jesus. Newnham is, therefore, the only club (men or women) in the history of Cambridge bumps racing to have held the top two places simultaneously.

In 2006 Newnham won the newly inaugurated Pegasus Cup for being "the most successful college boat club competing in the Cambridge May Bumping Races".

The May races in 2007 saw Newnham go up three places. On the Wednesday, they fell behind to a fast start by Girton who closed quickly to within half-a-length of Trinity Hall. However, superb steering by coxswain Shanae Boyns around first-post corner gave Newnham a chance that they quickly seized and they managed to catch Girton at Grassy Corner. On the Thursday, Newnham started well and caught Trinity Hall just on first-post corner. Friday saw a fantastic start and Caius became their third victim of the week with the bump occurring just on Ditton corner. The Saturday saw Newnham race well and draw to within 3/4-of-a-length of Emmanuel in a thrilling race before Emmanuel pulled away to row-over by a clear two-lengths.

In 2009/10 Newnham won the Michell Cup, annually awarded by the CUCBC to the Boat Club giving the best performance on the river during the course of the academic year. Newnham retained the trophy in 2010/11 and the upwards trajectory in the Bumps tables was continued in 2011/12 when the first VIII finished at 3rd on the river.

In 2013 Newnham won the newly inaugurated Marconi Cup for being "the most successful college boat club competing in the Cambridge Lent Bumping Races".[1]


  • Durack, John; Gilbert, George; Marks, Dr. John (2000). The Bumps: An Account of the Cambridge University Bumping Races 1827-1999 ISBN 0-9538475-1-9
  • CUCBC (various years) - Lent and May Bumps programmes.

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