University of London Boat Club

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University of London Boat Club
Image showing the rowing club's emblem
Image showing the rowing club's blade colours
Motto Rowing Through Excellence
Location Chiswick, London, UK United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°28′57″N 0°16′28″W / 51.4825°N 0.2745°W / 51.4825; -0.2745Coordinates: 51°28′57″N 0°16′28″W / 51.4825°N 0.2745°W / 51.4825; -0.2745
Home water Tideway
Founded 1864 (1864)
Affiliations British Rowing
Henley Royal Regatta (33 wins)
Notable members

University of London Boat Club (ULBC or UL) is the rowing club at the University of London, covering all the university's constituent Colleges (although many of these have their own boat club also). The club has its boat house on the River Thames in Chiswick, London, United Kingdom. Due to its success it is considered, alongside Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club as one of the most successful university rowing clubs in Britain.[citation needed]


The club was formed in the mid-1860s, and since 1950 has won 33 Henley Regatta finals, produced 125 full internationals winning 363 vests, achieving a total of 74 medals between them - 21 gold, 19 silver and 34 bronze. At U23 Internationals and World Student Games events the club has won 177 vests and produced 30 medal winning crews (9 gold, 9 silver and 12 bronze).[1]

The club also maintains an active alumni club, Tyrian Club which began as a selective club but is now open to all members of the public.[2]

Notable members[edit]

  • Katie Greves - World Rowing Championship 2007 & 2011 Bronze, Olympic 2012 finalist W8+[3]
  • Maurice Hayes - former coach and now British Rowing Resources Manager[4]
  • Frances Houghton - Four times World Champion and double Olympic silver medallist, 2004-2010 – women’s quadruple scull [5]
  • Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell - World Rowing Championship 2011 Silver M8+, World U23 Championships 2010 Silver M4-, World U23 Championships 2009 Bronze M8+, World Junior Championships 2006 Gold M4- [6]
  • Tim Foster - Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000
  • Cameron Nichol - World Rowing Championship 2010 & 2011 Silver. Cameron learnt to row at University of London and won the Prince Albert Challenge Cup in 2007.
  • Richard Budgett - Olympic Gold Medalist in 1984.

College boat clubs[edit]

As with other collegiate universities, the University of London's colleges all have their own boat clubs.

These colleges compete annually for the Allom Cup. Additionally, the medical schools take part in the United Hospitals Bumps. Both contests take place on the Tideway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Boat Club Wins prestigious cup, Alumni to compete in London 2012". ULU Student Union. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Tyrian Club". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Katie Greves". British Rowing. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Maurice Hayes". British Rowing. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Frances Houghton". British Rowing. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nathaniel Reilly-O'Donnell". British Rowing. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 

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