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Murray Edwards College Boat Club

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Murray Edwards College Boat Club
Location Cambridge, UK
Founded 1962; officially founded 1974

Murray Edwards College Boat Club (MECBC) is a rowing and sculling club for members of Murray Edwards, and all-female college which is part of the University of Cambridge. Originally named New Hall Boat Club, it changed its name in 2008 to match the college's name-change. The club takes part in the University's Bumps races, as well as other races on and off the River Cam. In 2011, MECBC won the Pegasus Cup, awarded to the most successful college club in the May Bumps, after both boats entered into the bumps won their blades.



The New Hall Boat Club was officially founded in 1974 but had already been successful in the previous year, winning the Clare Novice Race. New Hall students had been rowing as early as 1962 with Newnham in VIIIs and been active in providing oarswomen for the CUWBC, a tradition that the college is proud to have maintained, providing more than a dozen Blues rowers and even an Olympic rower, Sarah Hunter Jones.

The Boat Club performed particularly strongly in its early years, being Head of the River in May Bumps in 1977, 1981 and 1984, winning their division in Tideway in 1989, being Head of the Cam in 1979, and winning Queens Ergs in 1988 and 1989. The Boat Club has subsequently had a variable success rate but has generally managed to support two senior crews. More recently, the club has started to regain some of its former glories, with the W1 achieving blades in Lent Bumps 2011, W1 and W2 achieving double blades and the Pegasus Cup in May Bumps 2011 and W1 finishing head of college women’s crews in the 2011 Winter Head race.

The Boat Club has never had its own Boat House and initially shared one with Fitzwilliam College Boat Club from 1979 until 1999 before moving into the larger Peterhouse Boat House in Lent 1999 where the club is still based.


If you're interested in joining the club, either register on the website or email to let the club know you want to join. Rowers and coxes are all needed, and everyone from complete beginners to experts are welcome.


MECBC share a boathouse on Pretoria Road with Peterhouse Boat Club.

The Club currently owns three VIIIs: Owen purchased in 2004 and named after the college’s previous Senior Tutor Owen Saxton; Winston, purchased in 1995 as a novice boat and named after our porter Winston Fielding; and Octopussy, our newest acquisition for our W1 crew, indirectly replacing the recently lost Harald. Harald was bought in 1993 and named after our Head Porter, Harald Gogolek, and lost in Lent Bumps 2011 after his bow was snapped off following a collision with the bank.

The Club owns one coxed four and one double. Dame Rosemary, purchased with College funding; and Two Fat Ladies, donated to the Club by alumna F. Markham (née Butler).

The Club owns two of the rowing machines in the erg room upstairs in the shared boat house. The Club also makes use of the College gym for circuit sessions.


MECBC is funded mainly from Murray Edwards College, and also their JCR. Alumnae, parents and others also donate to the club, particularly when events, such as the 24 hour erg in November 2011, are put on. To donate to the boat club, please go to

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