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SSBC has 12 boats in use:

Mark Wainwright

Mark Wainwright is a women's Janousek 8+ purchased in 2009 from the funds raised at the Club's first Alumni Dinner in Michaelmas 2008 and with the help of the Knox Shaw fund. She is named in memory of Mark, a student and keen oarsman at Sidney in the late 1970s. The name was chosen by a group of his old College friends following their very kind donations towards the new boat.

A naming ceremony was held in March 2009, which was well attended by Mark's friends and family, Alumni, and current Boat Club members. The 1st Women row in Mark.

Dorothy Larkum

Dorothy Larkum is a men's Janousek 8+ purchased in 2005 with the help of the Knox Shaw fund. She was named in memory of the wife of our Bursar, Charles Larkum, at his request in thanks for all of the hard work that he has put into the Boat Club in his time as Bursar.

A naming ceremony was held in April 2005 and Dorothy has been the 1st Men's boat since then.

Lady Frances

Lady Frances is a women's Janousek 8+ purchased in 2000 with the help of the Knox Shaw fund. She is named in honour of our college's foundress, Lady Frances Sidney Sussex.

The 1st Women rowed in Lady Frances until the purchase of Mark Wainwright. She is now home to the 2nd Women.

Lord Protector 400

Lord Protector 400 is a men's Aylings Olympian 8+ purchased in 1996 as part of the college's quatercentenary celebrations. She is named after Oliver Cromwell, Sidney's most notorious alumnus, with the 400 denoting college's fourth centenary. Lord Protector 400 replaced Lord Protector as the 1st men's shell until 2005 when the new Dorothy Larkum took over the role. Lord Protector 400 is now home to the second men.

Roger Andrew

Roger Andrew is a women's Burgashell 8+, named after a former bursar of the college. Until 2000 she was the women's first choice shell when she was passed on to the 2nd women. Now she is used by women's lower boats.

Lord Protector

Lord Protector is another of the club's Oliver Cromwell themed boats. Predecessor to the Lord Protector 400, she was purchased in 1988, making her older than some of the people who now row in her. To avoid confusion, she is now known as 'Original LP' or 'the Chainsaw', on account of the unusual protrusions running up the boat that have a nasty habit of taking off the fingers of oarsmen with poor hand heights. She is a Sims, with rumour having it that, in the hands of a Rob Roy crew, she won and still holds the record for the Cam Head Course.

In her heyday she was home to the 1st Men, but is now occupied by the men's 3rd crew.

Tomminox 2002

Tomminox 2002 is one of a succession of boats purchased from the Knox Shaw fund. She is a Burgashell 8+ designated for use by both the men's and women's squads. Tomminox is named after Thomas Knox Shaw, bursar of the college and supporter of the Boat Club.

If you look around the boat house you can find evidence of former Tomminoxes.

Reverend Wallace

The Reverend Wallis (sometimes spelt Wallace) is a men's Burgashell 8+. She is used by the men's lower boats and novice squads.

Donald Green

Donald Green is a men's Burgashell 4+. She is named in honour of one of the Boat Club's recent Senior Treasurers in recognition of his hard work on behalf of the club.


Cambelles is a women's wooden 4+ of unknown origin. Often referred to as Cam Belles by the women's squad she is antiquated and in much need of retirement once a suitable replacement can be obtained.

Liz Hook

Liz Hook is a women's scull donated by Elizabeth Hook, an ex-member of SSBC. It is available for use by current and former 1st boat rowers.

K J Pollard

K J Pollard is the 1st men's single scull named in memory of former club member and junior treasurer, K J Pollard who died whilst trying to cross the Cam when frozen. She is a Burgashell 1x purchased by Pollard's parents because of his love of the club.

Only current and former 1st men may use K J Pollard.


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