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Information for Novices

Rowing is by far the largest participation sport at Cambridge, with all colleges having a boat club that students can join. Despite our smaller size as a college, Sidney has one of the largest and most active boat clubs on the river with multiple men's and women's boats training and competing at all levels. But speak to anyone who rows at Sidney and you will have a hard time finding anyone who has rowed before coming here. That's where novice rowing comes in. Sidney Sussex Boat Club is free for any member of the college to join and offers an easy and fun way to get involved with rowing. As a novice rower you would be allocated a boat with people from mostly your year. Novice rowing at Sidney caters for people wanting to row or cox competitively and enter as many races as possible and also caters for people who just want to row socially and get fit in a fun environment. Some students only row for one term, whilst many others soon get hooked and go on to row in senior college boats and even at university level.


Continuing rowing in a senior boat allows you to have the opportunity of racing in the unique and exciting bumps races. Being a member of the Boat Club presents numerous other opportunities such as the recent trip to the United States to row in the Independence Day Regatta. Twenty six boat club members went on an expenses paid eleven day trip to the USA to row in the Independence Day Regatta in Philadelphia; including seven first year rowers - that could be you! SSBC also has a thriving social scene off the water, to get the club together from some amazing nights out. Our Boat Club Dinner at the end of each term is arguably the highlight, but we've already got lots of other events planned to help you get to know everyone throughout the club and to make sure you're enjoying your time with SSBC both in and away from the Boat House.

So if you think rowing or coxing might be for you or even if you are just unsure and want to learn more come down to our squash in the Knox Shaw room after your Matriculation Dinner. You can speak to members of our current squads to find out more and grab a few free drinks before heading out. Also why not come along to our tubbing session in Fresher's week for the chance to try some gentle rowing on the river and see if it's for you. There's no commitment and nothing to lose so why not come along? Even if you decide it isn't for you it's still a great way to meet some new people and try something new.


If you want to learn more about rowing at Sidney our vice captains ( and for men, and for women) will be happy to help. Or if you've rowed before and are interested in rowing at Sidney our captains (Chris Radoux for the men and Ant Duplay for the women) would love to hear from you. And if you're at all interested in coxing, Anna Lawrence our coxing officer can tell you more! Our email addresses can be found below:




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