Trinity Hall Boat Club

Trinity Hall rowers pose for the camera by their boathouse
Trinity Hall rowers on the Long Reach heading to the start of the 2023 May Bumps, a rowing race on the River Cam in Cambridge

About the club

Trinity Hall has a long and distinguished history of rowing. Today the boat club is still one of the largest and most active sports clubs in the college.

Historically, it is the most successful Cambridge college at Henley Royal Regatta with dozens of Henley wins, including all events but one in one year.

Over the ten years leading up to the 150th Boat Race, Trinity Hall was the Cambridge college most represented in the Blue Boat. Tom James, who won gold as part of the Great Britain coxless four at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a member of Trinity Hall and President of CUBC.

In the 2008 Oxford-Cambridge boat races, there were three athletes from Trinity Hall and in 2023 the College’s Rosa Millard raced in the women’s winning Boat Race crew. Many other members have also recently represented Great Britain at Under 23 and at Senior levels, annually.

Trinity Hall is one of the few boat clubs where both first boats (men and women) have been Head of the Cambridge University Lent and May Bumps, dominating the event in the early 1990s; and have always remained among the top college crews.

The Club benefits from excellent coaching by former Olympians who rowed for the college and many former Blues and international rowers. The club also has a full-time coach and boatman, Paul Townshend. As a result, novice and experienced oarsmen alike have an excellent environment in which to improve. Some members of recent Blue Boats actually learned to row here.

Opportunity exists for all levels of experience with top boats usually having a healthy mixture of experienced rowers (from backgrounds of school, university, and international level) and people who first sat in a boat at Trinity Hall.

Rowing for the Trinity Hall Boat Club

You are eligible to race for the Trinity Hall Boat Club if you are in statu pupillari and a member of Trinity Hall. Other members of the university (such as fellows and employees) may also row if consent is granted by CUCBC.

You can novice (learn to row) at any time of the year, though most people start at the beginning of each term. The club also welcomes experienced rowers.

This is a shortened version of a longer post on the THBC club website. 

Trinity Hall boathouse next to the River Cam. The sky is blue and the College flag is flying outside

The Boathouse

The club has a fully equipped boathouse on the River Cam with a well-appointed weights room and a range of boats from VIIIs down to single sculls.

The Boathouse is located opposite Midsummer Common near the heart of Cambridge, five minutes’ bike-ride from Central Site.